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Do you believe in ghosts?

SW MI Planner

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Ok, kind of a late Halloween poll, brought around by watching Primetime on ABC last night.

They discussed the Amityville Horror house, and they kept showing the freaky picture of a stairway and there was a little boy peeking around the edge and it looked like he had no eyes. Scared me poopless......

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/primetime/DailyNews/amityville_021031.html

As far as me...I believe in the possibility, but no way, no how do I want proof.
 

Jeff

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The building I used to work in was haunted. It was the county poor house in the 1800s and they used to do public hangings on the front lawn.

I never saw any ghosts, but the cleaning ladies always swore they saw things.

The crematorium was still in the basement last year.
 

Cardinal

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Whitewater is often referred to as the second-most "witch-y" place after Salem, MA. The Pratt Institute, which studied the paranormal, was here from the 1800's into the 1960's. We supposedly have occult symbols all over (like the institute at the center of a triangle created by connecting the three cemeteries). Still, I have never seen anything.
 

Habanero

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Nah- I mean, the one about kids pushing the car over the track.. I remember a team of people went out there with a level and showed how a car could roll over the tracks slowly. I just don't think that happens. Actually, we've been watching the haunted hotel programs on the Travel Channel, I want to go visit all of them onthe West coast.
 

nerudite

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I have lived in two different haunted houses. One when I was a kid, and one when I was older. I saw two ghosts when I was younger (so did about 20 other people at various times)... they were in our house and the house next door. Our two properties used to be one property with a big house on it, which then burnt down and trapped two people inside. (This was in the San Fernando Valley). The second house was in Portland... I didn't see anything, except for things being moved (no actual visual apparitions)... but freaky enough for sure. So yeah, since seeing is believing... I'm definitely a believer.
 

Chet

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I'm not sure about ghosts per se, but I do beleive in forms of connections to other levels of existence. One of my nieces was born 2 years after her great-grandmother died. When she was very young, 3 years - 6 years old, she would be playing alone, then return to tell us about the converations she was having with Grandma Aggie. No one ever remembers ever telling her she even HAD a great grandmother with that name, nor would they have told her the kind of details she would come back with - things like mentioning other distant cousins of ours and the trouble they were in years ago. It all stopped when she hit 7 yrs old.
creepy!
 

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In undergrad school, I took an elective "Human Sexuality", because I heard it was an easy A and they showed pornos. It was an easy A, but no pornos (I hate unfounded rumours). Anyway, the prof also taught paranormal studies, and he put it this way: If you believe in God, you have to believe in ghosts and such. The prof was also a clergyman so was involved with exorcisims and played tapes for us..scary.

I have lived in two haunted houses, I have to believe.
 

kms

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I'm with bturk. I don't believe in ghosts, the harmful ones, but I do believe in "spirits", like the Grandma Aggie story. My sister and I had some strange things happen in the 14 years since our dad died, and we're sure it's him.
 

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Here's a link to a site with some cool/sensationalistic 'paranormal' pics. Just scroll down about a third of the way to get past all the frothing at the mouth religious stuff and you can see lots of ghosts caught on film.
 

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Here's a link to a site with some cool/sensationalistic 'paranormal' pics. Just scroll down about a third of the way to get past all the frothing at the mouth religious stuff and you can see lots of ghosts caught on film.
More like where you can see light moving around in photos... I don't really believe in ghosts or aliens for that matter...
 

giff57

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Too many odd things happen to sane people to conclude that something is going on. Exactly what that is I have no idea. In a couple of the investigations we have done, there have been some things that we could not explain away. 99% of the time we can find natural explanations for the things that are reported. Most paranormal photographs are bunk.
 

Hink

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But if one had an encounter with a ghost or alien it wouldn't be a matter of belief for them, would it?
No it wouldn't. But personally I don't think anyone has had an encounter with a "ghost" per se. But I respect people's decision to believe in them as well as aliens. If you believe it, that is your business.
 

Whose Yur Planner

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I believe there is a better chance of intellegent life than ghosts. I believe the human mind can interpret things however it wants. If you want to believe in ghosts, then you will see them. If not, then you won't. My ex had an interesting idea. She believe that time travels in a loop and is not a straight line. Ghosts are simply time doubling back on itself.

As for aliens, probably. However, given the distances involved, we will never see them.
 

nrschmid

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I'm Catholic and spirits/mysticism are a very important part of my faith (probably one of the cooler creepier aspects). I'm not superstitious but I'm not going to open up an Ouija board and invite unwanted guests ;)
 

The One

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Yeah....

I believe there is a better chance of intellegent life than ghosts. I believe the human mind can interpret things however it wants. If you want to believe in ghosts, then you will see them. If not, then you won't. My ex had an interesting idea. She believe that time travels in a loop and is not a straight line. Ghosts are simply time doubling back on itself.

As for aliens, probably. However, given the distances involved, we will never see them.
What Whose Yur said....for the most part. i think we may get a signal of unknown origin at some point that we can't figure out, but it will be from so far away, whatever produced it will be long since gone.....now if you don't mind I'm going to go look for the Loch Ness Monster again:h:
 

TerraSapient

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I think the universe is infinitely more complex than we will ever be able to understand; thus, there must also be an infinite number of things about the universe that we cannot or will not comprehend.

I believe that the fact that we are all alive and thinking and moving and creating is bewildering enough to focus on. I will let the ghosts and aliens worry about themselves until such a time that either one directly impacts my existence.

That being said, I have lived in a house where crazy unexplainable things happened infrequently. I'm talking about cabinet doors in the kitchen randomly being open, the TV turning on by itself in the middle of the night, actually many electronics acted funny in that house, creepy sounds, my cats scaring the crap out of me by meowing at the wall repeatedly. Never "saw" a ghost, but there was definitely something that I couldn't explain going on in that house. It never was scary though. Just part of the house.
 

Dan

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I'm a skeptic when it comes to ghosts, but I still find myself creeped out by dark unfinished basements, abandoned buildings, and the like. Why should those things creep me out if I keep telling myself I don't believe in ghosts?
 

giff57

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. My ex had an interesting idea. She believe that time travels in a loop and is not a straight line. Ghosts are simply time doubling back on itself.
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That's what I think. It's like a piece of spaghetti that you drop. The places that touch each other, a little hint of the past can bleed through.
 

Jazzman

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Ok, kind of a late Halloween poll, brought around by watching Primetime on ABC last night.

They discussed the Amityville Horror house, and they kept showing the freaky picture of a stairway and there was a little boy peeking around the edge and it looked like he had no eyes. Scared me poopless......

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/prime...le_021031.html

As far as me...I believe in the possibility, but no way, no how do I want proof.

No. Isn't this akin to believing in goblins, fairies, monsters in the closet, etc.?

If things happen without any explaination, there's an explaination..........we just haven't figured it out yet. That's what science is for.
 

Planit

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Yes I beleive in ghosts based on experiences I have encounted. Not the stuff you see on the ghostchasers tv shows, but clearly evidence and experiences of them being around.
 

Bear Up North

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Ghosts? No.

Aliens? Yes. An infinite number, because the universe is infinite.

Are they close by? No.

Bear
aka Casper
 

TOFB

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Aliens (aka little green men) - highly unlikely

Ghosts - absolutely no doubt (ask my college roommates)
 
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