Why more then 18% of all Americans say they have seen ghosts.
Why do so many people still believe in the paranormal? is it because of our education system? perhaps it is because so many people have witnessed and experienced a phenomena type of experience themselves?
Others believe paranormal phenomena is a Paranormal hallucination and are due to a variation in a fold at the front of the brain called the paracingulate sulcus (PCS). This brain variation, which is present in roughly half of the normal population, is one of the last structural folds to develop before birth and for this reason varies greatly in size between individuals in the healthy population. People with an absence of the PCS are significantly less accurate on memory tasks than people with a prominent PCS.
Nearly one-in-five U.S. adults (18%) say they’ve seen or been in the presence of a ghost,or at least say they at some point, have had some sort of paranormal experience or for better words have experienced,what they thought may have been some paranormal type of event.(Paranormal Phenomena).
Winston Churchill,during WW2,had written about what he himself had described as an uncanny experience he himself witnessed.
Winston Churchill was visiting the White House when he is said to have had an uncanny experience. Having had a long bath with a Scotch and cigar, he reportedly walked into the adjoining bedroom – only to be met by the ghost of Abraham Lincoln. Unflappable, even while completely naked, Churchill apparently announced: “Good evening, Mr President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage.” The spirit smiled and vanished.
His supposed contact with the supernatural puts Churchill in illustrious company. Arthur Conan Doyle spoke to ghosts through mediums, while Alan Turing believed in telepathy. Three men who were all known for their razor-sharp thinking, yet couldn’t stop themselves from believing in the impossible. You may well join them. According to recent surveys, as many as three quarters of Americans believe in the paranormal,in some form, while nearly one in five claim to have actually seen a ghost.
Intrigued by these persistent beliefs, psychologists have started to look at why some of us can’t shake off old superstitions and folk-lore. Their findings may suggest some hidden virtues to believing in the paranormal. At the very least, it should cause you to question whether you hold more insidious beliefs about the world.
Some paranormal experiences are easily explainable, based on faulty activity in the brain. Reports of poltergeists invisibly moving objects seem to be consistent with damage to certain regions of the right hemisphere that are responsible for visual processing; certain forms of epilepsy, meanwhile, can cause the spooky feeling that a presence is stalking you close by – perhaps underlying accounts of faceless “shadow people” lurking in the surroundings.
A college professor In Berkeley University also has concluded based upon his findings and said studies,that 29% of Americans had felt they had been in touch,or had witnessed some sort of phenomena with deceased or loved ones, that may have passed.
More can be found on the professors blog here.
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