The Haunting In Connecticut Franchise
© Charlotte Gervais
We often hear about people claiming to have seen ghosts. The first question we can ask ourselves is — did they see the ghosts through the normal process of seeing just like they see a tree, a cat or a star?
There are several odd ways of seeing things — we can see a thing in a dream, a hallucination or an imagination. But all such visions are not real because the objects seen are not real. They are seen only by the eyes of the mind, not with the real eyes like the ones you use to read this right now.
Real seeing involves a process that requires our eyes to catch light rays that come from an object. What an ordinary camera can capture, the eyes can see. So, there’re two ways an object can be seen with our eyes — either the object reflects or produces light. The light rays that radiate or having been reflected from the object then travel to our eyes, and only then can we see the object.
But bear in mind an object that’s able to reflect light has to be physical and opaque in nature. Things you can see around you like furniture, people, fruits and so on are objects that can reflect light while a flame or a star produces light for it to be seen.
Questions unavoidably arise when it comes to ghosts. A ghost is supposedly a spiritual being. As far as physics is concerned, a spiritual being has no physical property, no substance, no weight, no dimension. Since a ghost has no physical property of any kind, how then can it reflect light and therefore be seen? Even a substance like air cannot reflect light, so how can a non-substance like a ghost reflect light?
On the other hand, we suppose a ghost produces light to make itself visible but that’s not possible either because producing light needs a process and energy which, in turn, require the existence of a physical system to operate. Since a ghost has nothing to do with any kind of a physical existence and process, how then can it generate any energy to produce any light? So, if a ghost cannot reflect or produce light, how can it be seen by the eyes?
Another possibility could be people are just making up stories. Sometimes, people may create ghost stories just to liven up a boring day. As the stories get told over and over again, they eventually develop into legends and become like true stories…
Cover of Stories of the Supernatural. mid 1960s, from the personal collection of Jumbled Planet.