What has incited me to make this thread, was that not only do I find the paranormal to be intriguing, but because I know people who have had unexplainable things happen to them. My stance on the matter is yes I think ghosts (spirits, transparent beings etc. or whatever you want to call them) do exist. Let me explain...... I have not seen a ghost or anything with my own eyes and have always been quite sceptical about this as a kid (well I did believe I would bump into Casper one night, but that didn't happen). I then saw documentaries on the paranormal and all that.....still a sceptic, people can say anything in that medium and use effects and then I heard about famous places that were haunted (a bit of an influence) and also how famous people have seen ghosts, I can only remember briefly but Al Capone was haunted constantly by a ghost while he was serving his time in the prison that he had died in. (This also had a slight influence) What had altered my paradigm the most though was how my relatives and family members had experiences with the paranormal. I was passing this house one day, my mum said it was haunted, I didn't believe her, she said her brother knew the tenants that lived there.....you could always hear the showers running when nobody was in it, lights would go on and off without anybody switching it and at night you could hear a little girl's laugh. Also there have been a lot of car crashes near this house and people think it's caused by the ghost, before being unconscious some people say that that they could see a girl with long hair sitting on the lawn of the house. Sound like a myth used to scare you? That's what I'd like to believe, however it's from several of the tenants who have lived there themselves and my source of information isn't from some rumor, but a trusted relative. My mother herself had seen a ghost when she was 6, she was spending her time in a hospital bed, in which a patient (possibly patients) had passed away and when she came out she was always greeted by a pale and white lady that always waved at her but never talked to her. My mother used to say to my granddad and other people "Look the lady is waving at me, hello, hello" she was just a kid, so she wasn't scared, however nobody saw anything but my mother, her theory is that it was a person who had passed away in the bed come to greet her. A more violent paranormal experience? My aunt had a holiday at this German hotel room, with two of her friends. They always had the lights flicker, turn on and off and had heard whisperings and all that. She called it the "cupboard" ghost, the cupboard always use to move by itself and when my aunt and her friends had left her shoes out of the bedrooms, the next morning it was gone and they'd search everywhere for it , only to find all of them ending up in the cupboard, of course they thought it was a possible prank.....but how could the cupboard moving on its own be explained? As you can guess, they were frightened and so they got a holy book (probably the bible or the sort and no, this isn't your chance to turn this thread into a religious debate) the cupboard started slamming violently....... using your psychic skills, you already know they moved to a different room. Now, in a mechanism like the internet, where you don't know a person and there is less features of communication, I understand people can be very sceptical towards this kind of thing. The only thing I can offer you, is my word, that I just retold everything my mother had told me and this is my own opinion, I'm not going to repost back saying "I can offer you a free reading for $50, I am very renowned for my psychic skills" and I'm not trying to convert anybody to my viewpoint, whether you trust me or not if I'm being sincere, it's all up to you ......it doesn't benefit me in anyway whatsoever, other then hearing other peoples' opinions on this. Three possible responses if you've made it this far: 1)You're laughing "Sounds like these would make a good horror story.I can easily prove why ghosts are apocryphal, with sheer conventional facts" 2) Nodding in agreement, "yep also had an experience or known other people who have had an experience." 3) "I'll keep an open mind, I want to see it for myself" I am estimating Number 1, will be the prevalent of the responses..... anyway What are your thoughts on the paranormal? Believer, non-believer, neutral?What are your reasons for this?