Throwing out the idea that hunting the paranormal is fringe science, for just a minute let’s consider paranormal evidence is fact. Let’s imagine that our EVP’s, EMF’s, Pictures, Videos, etc. prove that there really are paranormal entities that exist around us and that they can be measured in one way or another through scientific documentation. Assuming that is true, is what we are dealing with really some form of glimpse into the afterlife? All religious debate aside, the answer is that it is a good possibility. The more science progresses and the more we understand about how the human body and life on this planet function, the more questions we find. It seems there is an irristiable drive that powers human bodies and the mind that just cannot be explained by black and white science. This leaves us with the notion that there really is such a thing as the soul. Still leaving religion aside, the human soul could simply in science terms just be the energy that drives us to live. Energy is matter, and according to physics matter cannot be destroyed only reconfigured. By that logic, even without religion you could theorize the existence of spirits.
But, what else could it possibly be? There are alternate theories that don’t include ghosts, and human energy reconfiguring into magical psychic patterns of life after death. In fact, there are so many possible explanations that we simply could not prove or understand with current technology that I am always reluctant to refer to any activity as a spirit, ghost, or any other such phenomenon. In fact anything I find that does seem to be intelligent I typically refer to as an entity, and everything else I refer to as activity. I like to avoid putting a label on it, because that would mean I have my mind made up about the results of experiments that are largely inconclusive at best.
One theory I have considered is extra dimensional beings and a parallel universe. Our senses are only tuned to perceive the three dimensions around us most of the time. Even Stephen Hawking has expressed that the possibility of other parallel dimensions is highly likely. Gravitational anomalies that seem to break the laws of relativity indicate that it’s possible that areas of space in alternate dimensions have a more dense gravitational pull than the objects surrounding the area within our own three dimensions. These distortions in space time could very well be tell-tale signs that we are in fact part of a multiverse rather than a universe. Given this information, it is reasonable to assume that beings could exist within these alternate dimensions. They could be aliens, alternate versions of ourselves, alternate time lines, or any other host of science fiction only Phillip K. Dick could make up. As laughable as the theory sounds, its actually rooted in more scientific fact than the idea of spirits roaming the earth forever.
Believe it or not, there have been a few cases of individuals who claim to belong to another world, or whose origins otherwise could not be traced. True, false, I don’t know.
Consider these two stories:
Lerina García, who woke up one day in a world — our world — that did not belong to her.
According to the story, as her day progressed she continued to notice “small incongruities,” little things that were just off. But there were big things, too:
“So I went to work in my car, which was parked where I’d always parked, and it was the same office I’d worked in for the last 20 years. But when I got to my department, it wasn’t my department. It has names on the door and mine wasn’t on it. I thought I was on the wrong floor, but no, it was my own floor. I went over to the office’s wireless section and looked myself up. I still worked there, but in another department, reporting to a superior I didn’t even know.”
2. A strange man who arrived in Tokyo in 1954 with a passport from a country that didn’t exist, called Taured. Japanese customs officials detained the man, but his passport was not a fake: it had the proper stamps, was issued by the country of Taured, and even included Japanese stamps from a previous visit. The man swore that Taured was a European country that had existed for 1,000 years, and he also held other papers, such as bank statements, with the country’s name on them.
After several hours, customs officials eventually placed the man in a hotel, with security nearby to ensure that he did not leave his room, while they checked things out.
The next morning, he was gone. No trace. A manhunt ensued, but there was no point; he had simply vanished.
Obviously, the veracity of these two stories can’t be confirmed, at least to my knowledge. But you work with what you have, you know?
Another speculation rooted in actual science, is the theory that the anomalies we are seeing are actually interactions with ourselves across time. It’s possible that what we perceive as spirit communication is actually message being relayed from an earlier or later point in time either on accident or on purpose. If we examine the possibility that we are getting messages from the future, it could very well be ourselves trying to contact us. As science progresses we learn more and more about how time space actually functions. Some scientists speculate that there is a sub atomic particle that exists known as a Tachyon Particle. This is a particle that travels so fast that it is actually perceived as moving backwards through time. Physicists speculate that the particle could be exploited like a radio wave to transmit messages back in time. While it’s not something we can even come close to doing now, who is to say that we can’t 100 years from now, putting us on the receiving end of the message with no way to understand what we are receiving.
If we assume that the messages are from the past (such as people seeing Abraham Lincoln at the White House) we know that the messages are not transmitted on purpose. However, this could be explained by the Stone Tape Theory. Basically like a recording events constantly replaying over and over again, for us to misinterpret as spirits trying to communicate. The Stone Tape theory is the speculation that ghosts and hauntings are analogous to tape recordings, and that electrical mental impressions released during emotional or traumatic events can somehow be "stored" in moist rocks and other items and "replayed" under certain conditions. The idea was first proposed by British archaeologist turned parapsychologist Thomas Charles Lethbridge in 1961. Lethbridge believed that ghosts were not spirits of the deceased, but were simply non-interactive recordings similar to a movie.