25th April 20:20
BOOK REVIEW - The Case for Ghosts (hell beliefs reality ghost heaven)
The Case for Ghosts by J. Allan Danelek © 2006 Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN 0-7387-0865-8 238 pages Paperback $12.95 (U.S.) $15.95 (Canada)
Looking for a collection of spooky stories? Sorry about that, this book is
not for you. Hoping for a how-to manual for your next ghost-busting
experience? Once more you will be disappointed. Looking for a possible
explanation of how and why ghosts may exist? Okay, now you've found a book
for you. It doesn't have all the answers. In fact, it doesn't have ANY
answers. It does have theories; basic details on how to do***ent your
experiences; and some really good food for thought.
Mr. Danelek offers some intriguing thoughts on how consciousness arises; how
it might survive physical death; how non-animate objects (aircraft, boats,
automobiles, etc.) might manifest as "ghosts"; and just generally opens the
field to investigation to multiple approaches. He offers a true skeptic's
approach to the subject - he neither accepts the reality of ghosts
unconditionally, nor does he reject the possibility categorically. His
approach is basically that of "Convince me one way or the other." He is not
a true believer, nor is he a debunker. He is an inquirer.
Mr. Danelek is not a professional paranormal investigator, nor is he a
professional debunker. He is a profession, however - a professional artist
and writer. This lack of a position to defend allows him to look at both
sides of the issue and offer common sense suggestions to both sides.
He does pose some interesting questions about the current crop of "ghost
hunters," especially those who appear on television. If ghost sightings
"normally" (if you can use that term) occur in lighted rooms or during
daylight hours, who do so many of these people shoot their investigations at
night, using "night vision" equipment? It would seem more logical (although
less "spooky") to do the hunting during the day when most incidents occur.
He does offer some intriguing possibilities about how to improve the chances
for encouraging a "ghostly" encounter.
Mr. Danelek has some obvious biases and attitudes regarding the reason for
"spiritual afterlife," but he makes no attempt to disguise them. He clearly
identifies suppositions, suggestions, and other non-provable beliefs as just
that when they are brought into the discussion. He is very careful to avoid
categorical statements, while making a real effort to be fair in his
presentation. Hew may not agree with a particular premise (the existence of
a literal heaven or hell, for instance), but he is honest enough to admit
that there is no scientifically verifiable proof one way or the other.
There are a couple of pages of photographs illustrating common "sightings"
which show up on film, and how to "fake up" a ghost photo. These pages are
included simply as examples of what is out there, and have no intent of
debunking photographic evidence in general.
from a book on a controversial subject?