The paranormal claim that I am analyzing is a story told to me by my friend Steve. His story is about an experience he and his sister had while visiting their recently deceased (at that time) grandmother’s house about ten years ago. Steve would have been about ten years old at the time of the incident and his sister, Margaret, was roughly age fourteen. They both were raised in a Catholic household and were/are moderately religious. Both are white and are from Minnesota. Steve told me he believes in ghosts, but clarifies that his belief in ghosts mainly steams from the incident that I will describe. Steve and I have been friends for almost our entire lives. He first told me his ghost story shortly after it happened. He recently repeated …show more content…
Glass from the cabinet and from items being held by the cabinet shattered across the floor. That is when Steve ran downstairs frightened and alerted his parents what had happened. Ultimately, his mother cleaned up the glass upstairs and no additional paranormal activity was documented. The paranormal claim that Steve is trying to get me to believe is that he saw his dead grandmother in her ghostly (shadowy) form and that she physically knocked over a glass cabinet. Also, she whispered in his sister’s ear. Furthermore, these paranormal events prove the existence of ghosts and their ability to appear to humans. Steve’s evidence is in his own testimony and description of the experience. Additionally, the testimony of his sister. However, I must note that I have never heard the story from Margaret’s point of view. Steve could also use his mother’s testimony to back his claim that the glass class had been shattered. He never photographed the broken glass or provided any physical evidence supporting his claim. My alternative explanation of the incident revolves around the idea that Steve and Margaret were more susceptible to a paranormal event shortly after their grandmother’s passing. First, it is eerie to visit a location where someone (particularly a relative) has just passed. A person can feel a heightened sense of awareness for their surroundings and perceive ordinary events as paranormal. For example, I
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All they have to study is the accounts of others. “The appeal of vanishing hitchhiker lies in the nature of the encounter an interaction with a ghost that occurs not because the main character went looking for the supernatural, but because it came to him. Such tales underscore the belief that representatives from the spirit world can be encountered at any time and by anyone. Adding to the horror factor is the specter’s passing for a living person. That the driver does not recognize it as a ghost during their time together makes it all that more easy to believe we won’t recognize a ghost when we meet one, either.”(“The Vanishing Hitchhiker”). The many recorded vanishing hitchhiker sightings all have one thing in common, the fact that it always seen by one who is not searching for the lore. With countless folklorists going out in search of these beings and them all coming up empty, has convinced many of them that the lore is false, only to have been cultivated and nurtured by newspapers and social
It was a small town in Cornersville, Ohio. Nothing much ever happened in this small town until one day. A new family moved in one afternoon. Everyone was surprised because no one even noticed the house being built. Everyone was still delighted that they moved in because the couple, Bob and Nancy, were very friendly. Bob and Nancy helped with all the activities in town and were very generous. A couple of weeks after they moved in, a lot of strange things began. Money started disappearing, the lights in the town went out every night except for Bob and Nancy's lights, even people's pets went missing. One night, everyone's lights went out at 11:30 as usual, except there was an extremely loud noise. The neighbors went outside to see where all the
later, she told investigators that she awoke when she heard a sound of two boards banging together. She jumped out of bed to investigate but all she saw was a flash of light down the hall.
For this unit’s learning journal, I picked an article from the BBC called “Psychology: The Truth About the Paranormal” by David Robson. In his article, Robson tries to analyze why so many people believe in the paranormal from a psychological point of view. According to the article, “believers may have weaker cognitive ‘inhibition’, compared to skeptics” (Robson, 2004, par. 11). Robson also explores the possibility that belief in the supernatural may be a self-defense mechanism created by the brain, “belief in the paranormal can be a kind of shield from the even harsher truths of the world.” (Robson, 2004, par. 7)
No screaming, no whispering; only the scraping of metal against glass. I looked around the room. No one seemed bothered by the disturbance that occurred only seconds before.
Stewart-Williams lists paranormal phenomena as out of body experiences, ghost sightings, near death experiences, ghost sightings, mediums, communicating with the dead and memories of past lives. We have all heard of stories of ghosts, reports of people floating above themselves watching doctors trying to save them and television shows where a medium is entertaining a crowd by telling people in the audience information from dead loved ones. The counter arguments for this theory is that
It was a brisk morning in December when Bobby Thomas and his older brother Max Thomas were walking home from school and reminiscing about what they were planning on doing on Saturday night. “Hey Bobby, what should we do later?” asked Max. “I am not sure.” Replied Bobby. “I wonder if mom and dad will let us ride our scooters down the stairs.” Stated Max. “I don’t think they will let us do that.” Bobby chuckled “How about we go explore something?” Bobby asked. “I believe there is an abandoned house around here.” Max replied excitedly. “What? Why? I don’t think we are allowed in that house.” Bobby said in a scared tone of voice. “Who cares it will be fun and some even say that the house could be haunted, that ghosts roam the long corridors at
“But in the history of the United States there are several influential and persisting paranormal mysteries that have formed the haunted landscape of our shared country and cultural experience and have formed the basis of the themes and motifs examined in this work” (Fitch 8). In “Paranormal National” Marc E. Fitch, talks about the history of paranormal activities that occurred in the United States. Since the ancient times, people all around the world has seen ghosts or assumed haunted places dwells with ghosts or spirits. With the help of television shows, horror movies, and stories, people around the world are consumed by the “facts” that made them believe an urban legend about ghosts turning into true stories. “Nobody has been able to prove
They were all tired from the non-stop looking all that day, when they suddenly heard a voice from behind them say “I am over here”. They heard running down the hall into the master bedroom and they followed it and then hear screams from a little girl in the room. By this time is was pitched black in the house and all they had were 3 flashlights that all 3 brought. They knew it was a ghost they were searching for because the house got cold where the ghost was at times, and as they walked to the master bedroom where the screaming was coming from, it got ice cold which meant the ghost was close by. Ashley, Billy, and Cody walked into the bedroom but saw nothing. They all slowly walked around the room and got close to the bathroom, there was more puddles of blood on the floor and hand prints on the walls and door. Ashley turned to the boys and asked “is this real?”, “are we really experiencing this?” They heard a noise come from the living room so they ran back into the living room to see if they could find out what it was. When they got into the living room they saw
It was a late October night when it all happened. Scared as ever I started walking up to the line. I was at the back of the line with three of my other friends, Jackie, Alli, and Marissa. They were as scared as I was because of the environment around us. I was shaking like my mommas zumba weight. We were standing in line with Jackie in front, Alli was after, then Marissa, and I was last. All we could hear was the music and chainsaws inside as we were in line. When we heard the chainsaws we wanted to leave but we had already paid at this point. Right before we were about to go in the haunted house a small doll with the name Chucky came up to us and said “Do you wanna play?” his voice was soft and his face was filled with cuts. He looked as
I am testing the pseudoscience of haunted houses. In the history of the world there has been multiple reporting’s of haunted houses. The majority of these reporting’s have been about buildings in which tragic or violent events have happened. Locations include old penitentiaries, insane asylums, or houses where murders have occurred. In this experiment I propose a test after all other possible explanations have been canceled out. Such explanations include creepy sounds, unexplained drafts, and the like. These could be due to a leaky pipe, unstable foundations or even people’s own perceptions of things around them.
“I was trying to help my mother. I’m sure you know she thinks you are dangerous and have something to do with the ghost on Putney Mountain. I thought if I proved there was nothing going on, she would stop trying to keep me from seeing you. Does that make sense?”
Paranormal activity does exist, it may not be physically proven, but a lot of people believe in it. Not everyone has to agree with it, but people just think people who believe in ghost, or tell stories, make it up. “But let’s
That night was tragic for the town. When Lilly went over to babysit, she was feeding the kids when it happened. She said that she started to hear sounds come from outside and she heard the front door knob shaking. Loud pounding on the door echoed throughout
Paranormal Phenomena Paranormal phenomena indicates that ghost and demons truly exist in forms of orbs, cold spots, disembodied voices and growls, and physical attacks. Many of paranormal encounters happen when a person has died on or around the house, asylum, and prison, attachments on objects, and Ouija boards being used. At the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, people who have stayed there has experience growls from nothing being there, objects being thrown at them. Quartz, running water high electromagnetic field keeps ghost and demons here and staying in the places where they have died or conjured up by the living. Only 38 percent of Americans believe that ghost and demons exists while 62 percent of americans are non-believers ( Weisberg