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Are humans psychologically hardwired to see ghosts?

If you've ever seen a ghost, you have something in common with 18 percent of Americans.

But while there's evidence that our brains are hardwired to see ghosts, the apparitions we see tend to vary.

Historians who study and catalogue ghostly encounters across time will tell you that ghosts come in a range of shapes and forms. Some haunt individuals, appearing in dreams or popping up at unexpected times. Others haunt a specific location and are prepared to spook any passersby. Some are the spitting images of what were once real humans. And then there are the noisy and troublesome poltergeists, which appear as uncontrollable supernatural forces instead of people.

What might explain such discrepancies? And are some people more likely to see ghosts than others? It turns out that our religious background could play a role.

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Cult

Spiritual warfare 'expert': Watch out for overt demonic activity - coming soon!

The Roman Catholic Church is publishing prayers to combat the "powers of darkness" as interest continues to grow in the rite of exorcism.

Demons and supernatural forces have become a staple of popular culture, and churches are scrambling to keep up as the imagery of evil continues to flood pop culture.

An expert on combating the demonic, Pastor Karl Payne, former chaplain of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, told WND the "message about a Christian's battle with the world, the flesh and the devil is just as real and relevant today as it was when God originally addressed the subject through the men He inspired to pen the Scripture."

Payne is the author of Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization, and Deliverance, which now is available as an audiobook,

"The reality of demonic warfare in particular has more to do with the delegated authority God has given every true Christian over all of the powers of the enemy than cultural particulars, ethnicity, gender, education or theological training," he said. "The reality of this enemy, this battle and the delegated authority God has given to Christians over Satan and his minions has not changed."

Payne said the battle "will continue until the Lord Jesus Christ vanquishes all of His enemies."


Comment: Right there Payne makes the mistake many religious people make: taking religious imagery literally. There is very likely a lot of truth in the Bible. But chances are it has little to no resemblance to the imagination of people like Payne.


Megaphone

Paranormal buff records voices of the dead

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Any digital device, including a phone, can be used to collect EVP.
You can keep your video games, your knitting, your gardening. Eric Vogel has a hobby that's not your everyday pastime. He records the voices of the dead.

Within the realm of ghost hunting or parapsychology, Electronic Voice Phenomena, or EVP, are the sounds or voices potentially caused by voices from beyond the grave. These sounds are not caught by the ear, appearing only on the digital recordings made by those trying to contact ghosts.

Long fascinated with the paranormal, Vogel is also a history buff, and he combines the two interests in his pursuit of ghostly voices.

"I lucked upon a tour group in town that used to do spirit investigations of the Mid City Hotel, which is right next to the Bistro," said Vogel. "I used to do some investigations with them using a digital recorder and was able to capture some EVPs."

Question

Mystery in the Northwest Territories, Canada: The Strange Case of the Missing Tourist


Yoshikubo seen on CCTV footage at a gift shop shortly before her disappearance.
At some point in our lives we all seek some sort of adventure, perhaps some escape from our usual lives to shuck off our day to day identities and go off somewhere far away to do and experience new things. For some people who actually go through with this plan of escaping unfettered from the mundane they know, this is an enlightening experience, yet other have gone off to just keep on going to become unsolved mysteries. One such case is that of a brave Japanese woman who made a journey to a faraway land only to vanish and proceed to weave a web of strange mysteries and vault into the pantheon of great unsolved crimes.

On October 17, 2014, a 45-year-old psychiatrist from Japan by the name of Atsumi Yoshikubo found her way across the ocean to the cold, icy landscape of Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, Canada. The brave woman had booked the trip by herself through a tour company and come here to this remote, faraway world on her own, perhaps seeing it as the adventure of a lifetime and a chance to see the Northern Lights, as many Japanese tourists to the rugged region did.

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Missing 411: Search for missing Uintas hiker scaled back, 'limited resources'

After a week of extensive searches on the ground and in the air, efforts to find a 74-year-old Arizona man were scaled back on Monday.

Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez said that while the search for Melvin Heaps would continue in the Crystal Lake area, it will be "with limited resources."

"The Summit County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue [teams] have worked diligently, and have exhausted many resources in hopes of finding Melvin," the sheriff stated.

In addition to the county's deputies and search and rescue team, personnel from the U.S. Forest Service, Utah Highway Patrol, the Utah Search Dogs and Great Basin K9 organizations, Air Force and Civil Air Patrol planes and 1scores of volunteers have attempted to find Heaps since he went missing on July 31.

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Heart - Black

Bigfoot and a bizarre vanishing in the North American wilderness

One of the most famous legendary creatures of all, the massive, hairy ape-like beast known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch has been reported to be lurking and stalking about in just about every expanse of wilderness in North America. While these sightings are strange enough, the creatures themselves have been mostly said to be shy, reclusive, and peaceful. Yet every once and a while a truly sinister report will come in of these creatures not being any of those things, and one very strange disappearance has managed to combine all of the oddness of a violent Bigfoot encounter and a mysterious vanishing.

On June 1st, 1987, 16-year-old Theresa Ann Bier, of Fresno, California, went off on a camping trip to the rather remote area of Shuteye Peak, in the scenic Sierra Mountains approximately 25 miles northeast of Bass Lake. Her companion on this particular trip was a 43-year-old Russell Welch. It was well known at the time that Welch was an avid Bigfoot enthusiast, in fact a self-proclaimed expert on the creature, and the two allegedly had embarked out into the wilderness on a quest to find the legendary beast. This is not so strange in and of itself, as the Sierra Nevada Mountains are quite the hotspot for Bigfoot activity, with Welch even claiming he had seen them several times in the region, but it was a bit weird that he believed he was in actual continuous contact with a whole group of them, and also perhaps a little odd that Bier's parents would let her go off alone on a camping trip alone with a much older man on what many would have considered to be a crackpot quest. Nevertheless, they went off on their adventure and only one of them would come back.

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Question

Has the mystery of Britain's Roswell finally been solved?

Andrew Pike, a qualified astrophysicist, writer and broadcaster specialising in astronomical anomalies and the history of science, has penned a new book questioning just what could have happened at two US Air Force bases by Rendlesham Forest, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, in December 1980.

The Rendlesham File - Britain's Roswell? is a detailed scientific study of the astonishing three-day period witnessed by US Military personnel.

The Rendlesham legend, which took place around neighbouring bases RAF Woodbridge and RAF Bentwaters, has been dubbed Britain's Roswell, in a nod to the mystery of the UFO crash said to have taken place outside the town in New Mexico, USA, in July 1947.

The UK suspected alien event saw three US officers based at RAF Bentwaters claim a "triangular-shaped craft" landed in neighbouring woods in the early hours of December 26, 1980, after seeing a strange series of lights in the sky and forest.

Whistle

Get a room! Ghost hunter claims to have seen two ghosts having sex in museum bathroom

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An artist performs as an Indonesian ghost Kuntilanak during the Jakarta Contemporary ArtSpace Fiesta in Jakarta's old city, March 13, 2014.
In an unusual encounter, a ghost hunter claimed he saw two spirits having sex in a museum's toilet. Stephen Briggs from Horncastle in England says that he had more than 100 supernatural encounters, including two spirits having sex.

The 38-year-old said that a ghost assaulted him once. The paranormal enthusiast has kept a record of his encounters and will soon describe each one of them in detail. In his revelations, he said that he was a kid when he had his first paranormal encounter.

"I have had so many I don't know where to start. Some are the most bizarre and amusing, but ghosts aren't always scary. The first one I can remember was when I sat on my mum's knee waiting for my dad. There was a gentleman in a coat and he just disappeared."

UFO 2

F-15s and commercial airlines involved in encounter with mysterious aircraft over Oregon

© Tyler Rogoway
An F-15C belonging to the 142nd Fighter Wing blasts out of Portland International Airport on a typical rainy day in the Northwest. Portland Air National Guard Base (PANG), which is co-located across from PDX's passenger terminals, is seen in the background. The 142nd's Eagles cover the airspace from northern California to the northern tip of Washington State and sometimes beyond. Two primary fully armed jets are always on quick reaction alert (QRA) and can launch within a few minutes of the klaxon howling. An armed spare jet is also usually available as well as one armed with a full magazine of 940 20mm cannon shells.
Something quite out of the ordinary occurred in the skies over Oregon on October 25th, 2017. A mystery aircraft was flying in daylight hours among the steady stream of airliners that traverse from south to north, between locales in California and Nevada and cities like Portland and Seattle and beyond. The incident began, at least as best we can tell, around 4:30pm near the California-Oregon border and resulted in multiple pilot eyewitnesses, recorded air traffic control audio, and eventual confirmations from both the FAA and North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) that it did indeed occur.

The first inklings of the story came to me shortly after the incident occurred from friends of mine in the aviation world. Sparse on details at the time, it sounded like it was probably just another one of the often misconstrued incidents that happen in the skies around the US everyday-ones where aircraft with inoperable radios or transponders stray into areas they shouldn't. And sometimes these occurrences result in local fighter jets paying the wayward aircraft a visit at the direction of NORAD. But days after initially blowing off the incident, it later began to seem that there was indeed more to the story than just than another "NORDO" private aircraft or lackadaisical pilot.

Arrow Up

2017 sees rise in sightings of legendary Loch Ness monster

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Loch Ness monster
More people claim to have caught a glimpse of the legendary Loch Ness monster in 2017 than in any other year this century. Up to eight official sightings of the fabled creature were recorded in Scotland's most famous waterway this year alone.

The most recent sighting came in early November when genetic scientist Dr. Jo Knight, of Lancaster University, spotted something "very dark" while monster hunting with her son in Urquhart Bay, a favourite haunt of Nessie.

But, after taking hundreds of pictures, she concluded it might not actually have been the legendary leviathan after all.