Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Are We Hunting Ghosts or Invisible People?


I'm laid up from a sacral injury (okay, okay, a butt muscle injury), but I'm watching the marathon of GH. It had me wondering about their assumptions.

In one episode, Jason sprinkles an attic with flour because apparently they are attracting bugs or hoping to get footprints. Are we hunting ghosts phantom sounds or the invisible man? Another episode, J&G are using the KII to show that the ghost is in the outline of a human being. Are they hunting a ghost or an invisible man?

In the case of a residual haunting, an apparition or shadow shape will look like a human. This is nothing more than an imprint of something that happened in the past, replaying itself for us visually.

But, in the case of ghosts, why are we assuming they still inhabit a body shape? What purpose would that serve? The body is in the ground or cremated and no longer necessary for transportation.

So, I'm just asking, are we chasing spirits or invisible people?

11 comments:

  1. Some food for thought. I did see that episode where they put flour down on the floor to see if anything crossed over it. It did. There were prints there, and not from them. That made me wonder. Did a ghost really make those prints or did they?

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  2. Honestly, given that they were tramping around in the attic beforehand, just sprinkling flour where they walked could leave a print. Just because I can't help but be damned curious, I tried it on an old wood floor one time. I walked across it in my sneakers, sprinkled some flour around on it and sure enough, two partial prints came out. Considering they're also up here with a crew of folks, it's not that impressive. That a ghost needs his damn size 10 shoes makes me wonder. Is he a ghost or is he the invisible man?

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  3. What if ghosts turned out to actually be a race of invisible mute men we never knew existed? My mind has been blown.

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  4. I love that concept. It might explain why I'm always tripping myself--it's not me, it's the invisible man's big stupid invisible feet in my way.

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  5. i like that picture on top.

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  6. I totally agree... that's quite an assumption... NO?

    The boot print did elicit an 'oh fuck' from me... no way!

    ~shoes~

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  7. We have "someone" in our house that keeps turning the heater up.

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  8. I'll posit another hypothesis: the flour was sprinkled on the floor for the very same reason it was done so in Paranormal Activity. Without knowing the date of this episode, I would venture a guess that it aired after the release of that film that scared so many out of their seats. If so, I suspect the GH crew was trying to warm up their leftovers for a second-go-round thrill.

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  9. Hmm... I'm trying to recall when they did it, but I think it might have been before the movie. It wasn't unusual for them to use powder on table tops for most ghost hunters and I've done that myself simply to see drag marks if something moved on the table top, but not trying to get ghostly fingerprints.

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  10. I support the Star Gate assended being (screw human form) theory too!

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