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Do ghosts exist? If not, why do we see them?
In each episode of the Haunted podcast Danny Robins looks at a real life ghost story in forensic detail trying to work out what really happened, with the help of experts, sceptics and the people who witnessed something they just can't explain. Danny visits a famous racetrack where drivers return from the dead; sees a suburban house haunted by a racist ex-tenant; talks to a widower who shares his bed with a phantom; and meets the parents who became convinced a ghost wanted to kill their baby daughter.
Those podcasts are super interesting! A pretty cool sample of cases, forensically handled. To the question that the podcast asks --as per your title--, there can be a collection of reasons as to why we see them if they don't exist. It could be in the mind of the people who experience it. It could be an environmental phenomenon that lends itself to a certain perspective. Unfortunately, the only thing we can't be sure of is the "not" part of "if not".
We can barely explain the existence of such beings. If we can't get our stories straight and logic out what ghosts and spirits mean, then we can't really say whether they do or don't exist. Can we? <--rhetorical
The simple answer of why we cannot see is because the human eye is only capable of capturing a certain range of the spectrum. Ghost material is made up of something on the spectrum we cannot physically see but our other senses can pick up them due to the fact that or other senses deal with a different range of the spectrum that they use.
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(01-11-2018, 12:50 AM)Vultyrex Wrote: The simple answer of why we cannot see is because the human eye is only capable of capturing a certain range of the spectrum. Ghost material is made up of something on the spectrum we cannot physically see but our other senses can pick up them due to the fact that or other senses deal with a different range of the spectrum that they use.

Exactly the answer I would have given. Our senses can NOT perceive everything nor can our meters and gauges....

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We don't even know what our other sense limits are because instinct and intuition is too sensitive to figure out. It's all about how attuned you are to the spectrum. Now, emotion can play a huge roll with what you can feel. Fear is such a strong emotion to feel negativity that is outside your perception.
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Unfortunately, we have machinery that grants us the ability to see along a large part of the spectrum. We don't need the naked eye to be able to see ghosts. Saying something like "ghost material" put it into the realm of the material. If something is material, something is measurable. There ought to be empirical evidence to support it.
Furthermore, the idea that ghosts can affect different things like EMFs and temperature, as well as physically moving objects, and that means that there is no part of a ghost that is different enough that we couldn't measure evidence to support it.

For instinct and intuition, what spectrum exactly are you talking about? Are we talking about the spectrum of visible light? There are many other spectrum, but none that the concepts of instinct and intuition would fall into.
There is only one spectrum. Visible light is only a rather tiny range on the known spectrum we know as of this post. Yes, we do have technology that allows us to stretch the visible light range we can currently see but compared to the rest of the spectrum, it is still a tiny fraction of a range.

Everything we know today is apart of this spectrum. Whether it is light, sound, radio waves, x-rays etc etc. The more you know about it, the more you'll start to understand that our universe isn't so big and unknown as you think.
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For example, if I may blow your mind for a second, did you know that the colors you perceive from an object to be is actually not it's real color? In fact it's the opposite or inverted color. The way light works with an object of that will absorb and reflect certain colored light. If an object appears to be green, that means that the object is rejecting and reflecting the blue and yellow light. Therefore, absorbing the color red. So, the object's color is technically red since it's absorbing it. The blue and yellow reflection is why we see it as green.
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In relation to the physical sciences there are 4 spectrum. When you leave the physical sciences, there are other spectrum constructs for the purposes of classification. In math, they have their own spectrum as well.

However, as per the physical sciences, there are spectrum governing the electromagnetic (tied to visible light), mass, energy, and differential operators in quantum mechanics.


By and large, spectrum are further attempts of mankind to more efficiently classify different things. All of them have an overlap, to a certain extent. Many spectrum are used to more accurately analyze what it is trying to analyze, and the EMS can be too vague a spectrum to accomplish that.

Unfortunately, instinct and intuition are concepts independent of even the EM spectrum. Instinct is a product of millions of years of evolution. It links with the behavioural patterns of the human animal, not with the sentient being's faculty of reason. Intuition has more verified links to an individual's ability to cold-read a situation. Some people are completely oblivious to what the world and people around them are telling them. Other people have an innate awareness to see and feel out a scenario. This can even be better linked to instinct, because fight or flight plays a bit part in intuition.

Lastly, to play on the spectral frequency theory, there is a logically hindering issue with spirit-material interaction. There are specific ranges upon the EMS. Interaction between objects can only occur within certain margins, depending on the nature of the objects being compared. For example, human hearing can only operate within a certain range of frequencies. In order for us to hear something, it must either lift itself or lower itself to our audible frequency. If it doesn't, we cannot hear it. However, we have machinery that can measure areas of the radio range much deeper than we can hear. All we need is to measure a spirit that comes within that range. By the amount of audio "evidence" we seem to collect, there is no reason why we cannot measure the existence of a ghost.
Even if it is a byproduct, it's still within.
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