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Paranormal is a general term (coined ca. 1915–1920[1][2]) that designates experiences that lie outside “the range of normal experience or scientific explanation[3] or that indicates phenomena that are understood to be outside of science’s current ability to explain or measure.[1][4] Paranormal phenomena are distinct from certain hypothetical entities, such as dark matter and dark energy, insofar as paranormal phenomena are inconsistent with the world as already understood through empirical observation coupled with scientific methodology.

Stories relating to paranormal phenomena are found in popular culture, folklore, and the recollections of individual subjects. In contrast, the scientific community, as referenced in statements made by organizations such as the United States National Science Foundation, maintains that scientific evidence does not support a variety of beliefs that have been characterized as paranormal.[5]

Paranormal subjects

Notable paranormal beliefs include those that pertain to ghosts, extraterrestrial life and unidentified flying objects, and cryptids.

Ghosts and other spiritual entities

Further information: ghostspiritdemonic possession, and ectoplasm (paranormal)

A ghost is a manifestation of the spirit or soul of a deceased person.[6] Alternative theories expand on that idea and include belief in the ghosts of deceased animals. Sometimes the term “ghost” is used synonymously with any spirit or demon[7], however in popular usage the term typically refers to a deceased person.

The belief in ghosts as souls of the departed is closely tied to the concept of animism, an ancient belief which attributed souls to everything in nature.[8] As the nineteenth-century anthropologist James Frazer explained in his classic work, The Golden Bough, souls were seen as the creature within that animated the body.[9] Although the human soul was sometimes symbolically or literally depicted in ancient cultures as a bird or other animal, it was widely held that the soul was an exact reproduction of the body in every feature, even down to clothing the person wore. This is depicted in artwork from various ancient cultures, including such works as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which shows deceased people in the afterlife appearing much as they did before death, including the style of dress.

A widespread belief concerning ghosts is that they are composed of a misty, airy, or subtle material. Anthropologists speculate that this may also stem from early beliefs that ghosts were the person within the person, most noticeable in ancient cultures as a person’s breath, which upon exhaling in colder climates appears visibly as a white mist.[8] This belief may have also fostered the metaphorical meaning of “breath” in certain languages, such as the Latin spiritus and the Greek pneuma, which by analogy became extended to mean the soul. In the Bible, God is depicted as animating Adam with a breath.

Numerous theories have been proposed by scientists to provide normal explanations for ghost sightings.[8] Although the evidence for ghosts is largely anecdotal, the belief in ghosts throughout history has remained widespread and persistent.

Mabel Tainter Theater

Sanity Check Paranormal Investigators Cottage Grove, MN. Mabel Tainter Theater Investigation 12/06/08     Investigation: Mabel Tainter Theatre, Menomonie WI. Case No: MT0003 Date: 12/06/08 Time: 8:00 p.m.- 4:00 a.m.   Participants: SCPI – Ken, Melissa, Steve, Christy, Dan, Deb, Brian, and Nancy HPT – Tim, Judy & Erin   Conditions: Moon: Half Moon Weather: Clear Sky, Temperature 12 degrees, wind 7 mph Background Information:   The Mabel Tainter Memorial Theatre was built out of love and dedication →