To define the undefinable is a deeply human journey. Seeking out the spooks or the comforts of ghosts, considering the depth of the soul, or remembering to ignite your spirit with all the exciting things life affords is what it’s all about! A baby girl, boy, or gender-neutral name meaning “ghost,” “spirit,” or “soul” will serve as that important daily reminder and give baby something a little more otherworldly to tether to.
Is there anything scientifically known about ghosts?
The answer to this question is mostly “no.” The unseen has become synonymous with the “unknowable” regarding ghosts. There are, however, scientific explanations for the occasions in which humans believe they have interacted with the paranormal. For example, sleep paralysis is frequently associated with visions of creatures not physically present. Sleep paralysis is when the brain moves in and out of the REM cycle of sleep without the coordination of the brain; this results in “dreaming while being awake.” Another example is pareidolia, the word for having the propensity to see meaningful imagery in things generally with no explanation. Though there’s no way to know scientifically if ghosts are real or not, humans will always gravitate toward the inexplicable.
What are common beliefs about the spirit and soul?
Some people believe the spirit and soul are completely intertwined, while others believe they’re separate entities. Often, these beliefs are also associated with religion. However, the concept of a soul existed long before widespread, organized, Western religions. In ancient times, namely Greece and Egypt, there was a belief in the human soul as a means to define purpose in life—thanks, philosophers! But even before the pyramids of ancient Egypt, about 6,000 years before actually, a stone slab was created in Turkey claiming the soul of the man now resided within the slab. So at least one thing can be surmised about the history of the soul, it has irrevocable ties to the dearly departed and encapsulates the person loved as a whole.