We’ve all heard theories on what ghosts are. Generally speaking, they are viewed as either spirits of dead people, remnants of energy stuck in a constant loop, or demons sent to torment us. In the 1970’s, an experiment was conducted that showed another way to view ghosts, as literal creations of our minds.
In 1972, a group of scientists gathered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with the premise of creating a ghost through intense concentration. They came up with an intricate back story for the ghost, which included some details of his death, and gave him the name Philip Aylesford. For weeks, nothing happened. Eventually, they decided to try recreating the atmosphere of a classic spiritualist séance, much like the ones attended by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his wife. In these séances, the scientists surrounded themselves with items from Philip’s era, along with photographs of the kind of castle they imagined he’d live in. A few more weeks passed without any success, and then it happened. Philip communicated with the scientists.
It began simple. The scientists would ask questions about the history created for the spirit, and the ghost responded using a series of knocks and raspy whispers to confirm his identity. After that, the phenomena increased with each session in ways not easily explained by science. Philip would slide the table from side to side and was known to chase people with it from time to time. In each case, the scientists claim that no one was touching the table at the time. In the end, the group was unable to conclusively prove whether Philip was their creation, or some other entity portraying the character they expected to find.
The existence of ghosts tends to be a more personal experience and belief. They may be spirits of the deceased, creations of our own minds, or a figment of our imaginations. The only true variable is who you ask.
Until next time, Addicts…