The word “scientific” is thrown around several times on late night ghost hunting shows, but it’s often a given assumption in this world of eerie lights and sounds, that any equipment that is used with several figures in the price tag makes the study more scientific. Of course the field of paranormal inquiry cannot be judged based on television programs whose bread and butter are entertainment at the cost of objective analysis, even if they are good fun.
But where on the spectrum of scientific analysis are television programs that take anecdotal evidence consistently at face value at the expense of substantial inquiry in a field everyone, in the end, knows little about truly? Of course the concept of ghosts in the media is still stuck in a sort of black and white neo-spiritualist modality where ghosts are simply mysterious ethereal people who have departed and cannot, for whatever reason, be seen by the living. But as analysis into the collective unconscious of humanity seems to indicate a network of thought far surpassing the simple five senses, it seems a logical conclusion that “ghosts” as we know them could be ephemeral glimpses at the consciousnesses that have passed on, and are attuned to certain experiences (ie. being in a specific haunted house) as opposed to actual physical beings that inhabit merely the world around them.
Of course in order to believe this we would have to disregard the body of evidence showing faint wispy figures dancing in front of the occasional camera lens transparently. And we would have to consider the dubious assumption that anomalous electromagnetic energy in haunted houses came as a result of immaterial beings interacting with and changing the physical world on a quantum level.
It doesn’t seem impossible that these wispy figures are not residing in the space around us, but within the folds of unexplored grey matter between us where shadows of once living beings have returned to the whole only to manifest in memory. Pair the level of research into psychic activity as a demonstrable phenomena with the anecdotal belief that all humans have a latent psychic talent, and you immediately have a web of minds connecting to one another. But what happens when one of the “servers” (ie brains) goes down due to death? Does the information it was sharing immediately shut down and disappear? Or does that information, that thought process, continue to travel through this web drawn by different forces to those who are “open” to the experience of their existence post mortem? Could this be a physical and scientifically confirmed means of tracking life after death and the phenomenon of ghosts?
Perhaps a real study into ghostly phenomena would find a fruitful approach to be the study of the psychological aspects of the percipient’s experiences, rather than the environment in which it took place. After-all, if there is not yet a confirmed way to reproduce a ghost in even the most haunted laboratory and expect it to show data that can be carried to some sort of conclusion, then the scientifically minded must work with what they have an abundance of – observers. The observer is the only known constant in every ghost story, so a study of them could move the field forward. Electrical aberrations as well as thermal imaging are interesting data, but do they consistently tie a thread between the data recorded and a reasonable conclusion that they are imprints left behind by spectral entities?