Could ghosts simply be non carbon based life forms that appear invisible to our carbon bound senses?

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  • John
    Lv 4
    4 weeks ago

    ghosts are spirits.spirits take various forms including shapeshifting.

  • 4 weeks ago

    In a way you are right but it is not about carbon. Ghosts (if you mean a form of spirit, rather than something that is a recording like an image/movie/imprint) are non-material. Unfortunately we are living in a very materialist society now so most people do not believe in anything non-material. They are very real though - going from my own experience. Most people cannot see spirits, but a small number of people have this very rare ability. I have only met one person who had this ability.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Any matter sturdy enough to support a life form would need to be dense enough to at least cause a reliably visible effect that you wouldn't miss seeing.

  • 4 weeks ago

    There is no good evidence that ghosts are real.

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  • 4 weeks ago


    "Ghost" images are just the result of a persons brain being part asleep and part awake.

    The sleeping part can deam, and the dream images appear over what you see of the real world.

    It's a well understood effect, a Hypnagogic or Hypnopompic hallucination.

    The same effects can also cause sleep paralysis; some people experience one or the other, some experience both.

    They are most likely to happen if someones sleep is disturbed and they wake during a dream, or if someone is trying to stay awake for very long hours.

  • Dr W
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago


    Ghosts are the subjects of fictional stories we tell each other in the dark to (1) convince ourselves of life beyond death, and (2) create an adrenaline and endorphin rush to increase our mental alertness and make us "feel good". Ghosts are NOT real.

    Imagine if you would, over the history of the planet Earth, there have been approximately 110 billion humans that have stomped around. About 8 billion of which are still alive. Using round numbers that's 100 billion dead humans. The Earth has about 75 billion km^2 of inhabitable land (land is 25% of Earths surface area, 1/2 of that is inhabitable). That's more than 1 ghost per km^2. here where I live, houses are built on 1/4 acre land, so that's at least 1 ghost per 1000 houses. Or 1 ghost per neighborhood.

    We don't live on all that land, we tend to group in cities and farm on 1000's of acres. based on global construction estimates, humans live on about 1/100th of the inhabitable land. Slightly less than 1 billion km^2. That would make the number of ghosts per household 1 in 10. since each household has an average of 4.1 people living in it... that's about 1 ghost for every other person.

    Now you might want to make the silly argument that only humans who die a violent death are turned into ghosts to which I'll argue most deaths (from war, cancer, murder, car crashes, etc) are horrible. The only peaceful death is death during sleep after a very long life). Even if we say 50% of those humans died horrible deaths, which is probably a low estimate, we still have 1 ghost per 20 households (1 ghost per every 4th person).

    Moving right along, we humans believe that we are special animals with souls. For no other reason that to believe we have the right to rule the Earth and all animals on it. To eat them as we please. So we believe neither cows, nor pigs, nor sheep, nor chickens have souls and leave ghosts behind. but.. what if we're wrong. We humans kill approximately 60 billion chickens, 1.5 billion pigs, 1 billion sheep & goats, 300 million cows.... and other live stock... EACH YEAR. If the average person lives 70 years, There should be at least 15*70 = 1000 animal ghosts per person alive today. We should literally be swimming in ghosts... if animals (other than humans) left ghosts behind. What about all the fish, shrimp, lobster, and other seafood we kill and eat each year? zillions of ghosts.

    SO.. If ghosts are real... WHERE ARE THEY?  Where are all the ghosts?  We all have cell phones these days, we have the internet to share stories and information, we should be flooded with ghostly stuff.  Real verifiable data.. if ghosts are real.

    So. where is all that convincing data?  where are all those ghosts?


    on the other hand.. what if... what if...

    (1) somebody took a meter that measured some property.. let's call it "A" and said.. Ghosts, if they are real, should generate some "A". Without any scientific reason behind it. Then turned on the meter and said.. "here's some A, therefore there must be a ghost present"

    (2) that person then created a TV show where he or she walked through dark run down houses with their A meter running. Then because people want to believe in ghosts (I already covered why), they watched the show. Then marketing firms bought air time during those shows and blasted commercials to those watchers. The show makes money (from the commercials) so they continue to produce more shows.

    and TADA... people like you say ghosts must be real. They are on TV shows right? HA.

    Let's use an example. During the TV show "supernatural" the 2005 episode "asylum" had a story about an abandoned mental hospital (asylum) in Rockford, IL called the "Roosevelt Hospital" and somewhere along the line someone came up with the address 5441 Harlem road. Over the past 15 years, thousands of live humans "believers" flocked to that spot hoping to see the abandoned asylum, trespass, and get a glimpse of a real ghost.. Imagine their surprise when they arrive and find... "the asylum gym" at that address. Yes Folks, it's not an abandoned asylum... it's a fitness club.

    In November of 2005 (when the episode aired) the "singer institute for mental health" was a fully operating asylum in Rockford Illinois. Lots of doctors, lots of patients. It was closed in 2014 due to state budget cuts. Now people believe that was the real asylum filmed in 2005 so after they leave the asylum gym, they head over there. Silly people.


    Every ghost story, every ghost meter measurement, every ghost sighting has 1 thing in common. They are fiction.

    Now you want to take the fictional subjects of fictional stories, "ghosts", and create a fictional  space for them to live, non-carbon based "dark-life".  


  • 4 weeks ago

    our senses are not "carbon-bound" whatever that means, if anything.

    think of photographs, and TV cameras, they are not "carbon-bound" and show nothing. 

  • Aiden
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    It's not impossible. 

    But it's not likely either as there is currently 0 scientific evidence that ghosts exist in any form. So at the very least they do not influence this world.

    I'm not a believer of ghosts, but if I did believe in such a thing, I would like to believe it's due to superstring theory. As though a different universe has made contact with this universe and what we witness when we see ghosts is simply another person in another universe who is unable to interfere with our own universe. In fact they'd probably be viewing us as ghosts in their house.

    That would be quite interesting wouldn't it? haha.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Our senses aren't carbon bound. There is no carbon in photons of light, we do have a spectrum that is visible to us that is very limited compared to the entire EM spectrum.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Ghosts are the souls of the dead who have received God's permission to contact an embodied soul (person) on Earth. Since the immortal soul does not need a physical vessel to exist. 

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