mercredi 19 août 2009

New evidence on ghosts

The Skepbitch reports on the hilarious theories of "ghost hunter" Maryanna Chatelaine Moresby. Here are some stuff that I didn't know about phantoms:

"There is enormous evidence of “ghosts” in all parts of the world. And that fact that so many have believed that ghosts could attack a fetus is nothing new. But ghosts through history have had other reasons to enter a woman’s womb in many different cultures from reincarnation to vengeance. Even Dead Babies have been known to haunt their mothers wombs after a abortion or miscarrage.
When a person dies only his physical body ceases to exist. His subtle ghost body (consisting of the subconscious mind, intellect, ego and soul, i.e. minus the physical body) however continues to exist and moves on to the other regions of the universe. Or into someone else’s body through the Vagina in woman or the Anus in men.
Often a womb infested with a ghost is that of the ghost of loved ones, or to those of strangers, and the worst case possible Devils and Demons. Any woman’s womb can attract many different forms of a paranormal haunting at least that is the common belief amongst many. And so can men. The ghost that haunt men are often found living in their genitals, bowels or stomach. And the number of ghosts or demons and devil’s that can infect a person is said to be uncountable."

There's unfortunately much more over there.

Of course, there actually is good evidence for phantom wombs, phantom colons and phantom penises:
Dorpat TL. (1971). Phantom sensation of internal organs. Compr Psychiatry, 12(1): 27-35
Ovesen P, Kroner K, Ornsholt J, Bach K. (1991). Phantom-related phenomena after rectal amputation: prevalence and clinical characteristics. Pain, 44(3): 289-91.
Fisher CM. (1999). Phantom erection after amputation of penis: case description and review of the relevant literature on pnatoms. Can J Neurol Sci, 26(1): 53-6.
Ramachandran VS & McGeoch PD. (2008). Phantom penises in transsexuals: evidence of an innate gender-specific body image in the brain. J Consc Studies, 15(1): 5-16.

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