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The illusion of ghosts
Are Ghosts Real?
Member Name: Burning_Darkness
Are Ghosts Real?
Advantages: ghosts are a fascinating phenomena, albeit an entirely psychological one
Disadvantages: the illusory phenomena gives credence to parasites like derek acora
The human brain is an amazingly complex, strange and powerful thing. It is predisposed to percieve certain things- for example there is an area in the visual cortex given over to identifying faces (a function of vital evolutionary importance), that 'sees' faces when they are not really there, percieving them in all manner of places as the brain strives to make sense of the raw data it is given by the eyes. The same is true of auditory perception, whereby people hear voices in the wind and so on- they often really do sound like human voices because the brain is primed to detect human voices and sometimes hears them when they are not really there.
So, then, to ghosts. Ghosts, like Gods, have always been with us in the sense that we as a species have always had a need for them to help us understand the world around us- anthropomorphisising the elements and different facets of existence as gods and imagining that we are surrounded by those who have passed on, as believing that, like everything else, they have simply dissipated into nothingness, is something that is intrinsically difficult for humans to accept.
So stories are invented, and hallucinations and misperceptions are embellished, and ghosts become, down through the millennia, a longstanding and tenacious part of human experience, something that is unlikely to fade even now in these relatively enlightened times, because humans are very sucepitible to the illusion of 'ghosts' and because they offer such a rich insight into the human condition.
Summary: a fascinating phenomena bt not something to be taken literally