Just a few years ago a poll revealed that 45 percent of Americans believe in ghosts or that people's spirits can return in certain places and situations. And that number is probably much higher once you take into consideration the people who either weren’t surveyed or didn’t want to admit they believe. The reality is, many folks have had experiences they just can’t explain or have witnessed mysterious, eerie sights, sounds and sensations that could only be a paranormal encounter. If you’re one who would answer yes when asked if ghosts are real, what’s your reason? Before you answer, take a look at what researchers have found as to why people believe in ghosts.
We seek explanations for what’s happening around us
It’s just the way the human brain is wired; we have a need to know why things occur or what’s causing something. And when it comes to inexplicable, mysterious happenings, the only logical explanation is often the presence of something supernatural.
We like to believe there’s life after death
Many people not only believe there’s life after death, they also believe that humans have led past lives. This is actually a common belief among many cultures and religions. This belief gives many people comfort when they lose a loved one or are faced with their own mortality. So for those who believe in the afterlife (and previous ones), it only makes sense that there are spirits lingering around.
In the same way people are drawn to scary movies and terrifying roller coasters, believing that there are spirits of the dead looming around is just plain thrilling. Ghost hunters will tell you that they not only believe in ghosts, but they also don’t see them as evil spirits attempting to do harm. On the contrary, hunters believe ghosts are simply lost souls, searching for closure or are trapped and are trying to cross over to the afterlife.
What else could explain sudden cold spots, disembodied voices and footsteps, floating orbs appearing in photographs and the sensation that someone is touching your shoulder when no one is there? If ghosts weren’t real, it’s unlikely that so many ghost hunters and paranormal experts would even exist, not to mention the many TV shows, websites and attractions that are dedicated to ghosts.
Not all houses are homey
If ghosts weren’t real, there wouldn’t be any haunted houses, right? And we’re all familiar with houses across America that experts have proven to be hotbeds of paranormal activity. In fact, according to a Gallop poll, 37 percent of people surveyed believe that houses can be haunted. And if you’ve ever watched the Travel Channel show America’s Most Haunted Places, you’re well aware of the phenomenon that takes place inside the country’s most haunted houses.
If you believe in ghosts or you’re the least bit curious, you can discover the truth aboard a Ghosts and Gravestones tour. On this tour, you’ll visit some of the most haunted places in the city and hear the fascinating and frightful stories behind the people and places where many have witnessed eerie events and mysterious experiences.
|Created by||Phyllis Platt|
|Presented by||Lawrence Chau|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||81|
|Executive producer(s)||Phyllis Platt|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Platt Productions|
|Original network||Viva/W Network|
|Original release||July 16, 2005 (2005-07-16) – January 19, 2011 (2011-01-19)|
Ghostly Encounters is a Canadian paranormaldocumentarytelevision series that premiered on July 16, 2005 (2005-07-16) to January 19, 2011. on Viva/W Network. The program also aired on A&E's The Biography Channel, and currently airs on Discovery's Destination America, both in the United States. The show was created by executive producer Phyllis Platt, is produced by Brian Dennis, and is hosted by Lawrence Chau.
The program uses a combination of interviews and dramatic recreations, examining the events that led its subjects to accept or reject occurrences as supernatural, and how the experience has helped or hindered them.
Ghostly Encounters won a Gemini Award for best original score in 2007.
Each episode usually tells stories from two individuals who believe they have had paranormal experiences. When warranted, however, the show will break from this format and instead use the full episode for one story. Each episode is created using a direct-to-camera interview with the storyteller, dramatic re-enactments, and host segments and commentary. An abandoned ballroom on the top floor of the King Edward Hotel in Toronto provides the location for the portion of the program featuring host Lawrence Chau.
The episodes begin with a tease, briefly describing the two stories. The tease is followed by the opening credits, which are accompanied by the theme music. After the credits, the first story is introduced using a clip of the subject's interview. The first host segment follows and introduces the theme of the episode, as well as the first story, to the viewers. The first subject's story is then told using a combination of his or her interview and dramatic re-enactment footage. Occasionally, b-roll and stock footage are also used in telling the story. At the end of the first story, a brief host segment wraps up the first subject and introduces the second subject of the episode. The second story follows the same format as the first and ends again with a wrap-up from the host. At the same time, the host also wraps up the show and includes final comments on the stories and theme of the episode based on the commentary from the experts. The show ends with a final comment from each subject, usually reflecting on the lesson their encounter has given them, followed by the closing credits.