10 Nov 2006
Physics Experts Out Of Touch With Ghost Theories
A few months back, a theoretical physicist at the University of Central
Florida published an article debunking horror movies and included the
idea that ghosts are physically impossible. If, as the article suggest,
a ghost was not composed of matter and could walk through walls, it
wouldn't have the physical matter to actually walk. In order to even
stand on the floor, much less walk on it, it would have to be composed
of matter. If not it would just sink through the floor.
But if a ghost were composed of enough matter to stand on a floor, it
couldn't walk through the wall. Get it? Well, since the publication of
that article, debunkers have been citing it as proof against ghosts. The
problem is that the idea doesn't really have much to do with how most
people see ghosts. Most people who study the paranormal think of ghosts
as an image rather than a physical being, sort of like a hologram. A
hologram can pass through walls, float, walk, whatever, because it's
just an image rather than a physical body. It's really simple if you
think about it. Ghosts are often seen wearing clothing.
A typical ghost sighting may even involve seeing an 18th century horse
and buggy riding down the road. Few paranormalists would suggest that
the clothes, the horse, the buggy, or even the ghost itself are physical
objects. Instead, the whole scene is thought to be more like a three
dimensional movie, which wouldn't have much to do with the Newtonian
laws us physical folks have to deal with.