Why Ghost Aren’t Real [Debunking pro-ghost believer’s arguments & classical conditioning on ghost]

Do you believe in ghost? Do you ever experience ghost sighting? According to science, there has not been any single credible evidence of the existence of ghost, if you see one, there is a possibility that you are hallucinating. But that is a topic for another post. In this post, I will be more focused about debunking pro ghost believers and explain to you how we have been conditioned to associate unexplainable things with ghost.

Before denying the existence of ghost, I used to believe in ghost as a child. Because my families and friends do believe in ghost. So when in the night and there is a sound that sounds like footsteps, even though there is no one in the room except me, my mind associated it with ghost. When doors in my house slamming without any person slam it, I associate it with ghost. It keeps on and on and on until everything that is unexplainable I associate its ghost.

Now that experience that I just tell you about is a process of classical conditioning. Classical conditioning is the process of pairing a stimulus (A) with another stimulus (B), that after some period of time, our natural response will shift into conditioned response. So if stimulus A comes out, our body and mind will respond like how we respond to stimulus B or vice versa.

This was demonstrated perfectly in ghost believers. The stimulus A is unexplained noises or movement and the stimulus B is the idea that ghosts are real. Because we already doctrine that ghosts are real, and unexplained noises or movement is the sign of ghost. We will assume that unexplained noises are ghost, even though is not. So our natural responses from unexplainable sounds are probably checking out why, and far for feeling scared. But because of classical conditioning, our conditioned responses will be scared because of ghost.

This phenomenon was demonstrated perfectly in a pretty unethical experiment that called Little Albert Experiment. Basically, little Albert which is about 9 months old baby, conditioned by the experimenter, that if little Albert touches furry things such as rats, there will be a very loud banging noise in his back. After he is conditioned, he will start to cry, if there are rats, dolls, and other furry things in the room.

So let’s flip the perspective, if there is a child that his families don’t believe in ghosts, does that children will assume that unexplained movement is a ghost? Of course not, because he isn’t conditioned yet. So it’s just a matter of perspective not reality.

The second reason that I don’t believe in ghost, is because the pro ghost arguments are too abstract and I think there is just no foundation or scientific reasoning that support that argument.

For example, let’s take a look at the number one post that showed on google (https://www.thoughtco.com/signs-that-your-house-is-haunted-2594052) when the keywords are “sign of ghost” :

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As you can see, those are the first 5 argument or the signs that your house is haunted. The highlighted parts are the word that has common characteristics. Which is unexplained and nondirect. Then from those common characteristics, I was wondering, why people believe in something that gives you unexplainable and nondirect answers?

Why you believe in an idea that doesn’t really explain the phenomenon itself. Rather than explain it, the idea gives you more questions that actually could be answered with scientifically proven concept. Such as explaining light turn on and off with unstable electricity, etc. If the question could be answered by science, then why people do believe that ghosts are real? Probably because ghost is a myth that is passed from generations to generations. Because at that time science isn’t there to explain those unexplained things, we assumed it’s ghost.

So the conclusion is I think ghosts aren’t real. I think ghost is just a psychological phenomenon, on how we explain things that too hard to explain it by logical. So we assume this supernatural being that causes this unexplainable thing. But with advanced technology and science, I think we are closer than ever to reveal the existence of ghost.

So what do you think about ghost? Do you agree with me? Tell us in the comment box below!


Classical conditioning. (2017, August 12). Retrieved August 20, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_conditioning

(2010, June 01). The Little Albert Experiment. Retrieved August 20, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hBfnXACsOI

Wagner, S. (n.d.). 16 Signs That Might Prove Your House Is Haunted. Retrieved August 20, 2017, from https://www.thoughtco.com/signs-that-your-house-is-haunted-2594052

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