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IF I SEE A GHOST ARE MY SENSES TO BLAME To complement the full apprehension of the terms which will be used throughout this argument a number of meanings taken from The Lexicon Webster Dictionary is provided GHOST The soul or spirit of a dead person A disembodied spirit HALLUCINATION psy an apparent perception as by sight or hearing for which there is no real external cause as distinguished from illusion ILLUSION A false impression or belief False perception or conception of some object of sense A perception of a thing which misrepresents it or gives it qualities not present in reality GOD Creator and ruler of the universe eternal infinite spirit the Supreme Being Hobgoblins ghoulsand other malevolent forces are part of our cultural heritage But can these nightmares simply be dismissed as superstitious by-products of the medieval mind Introduction to Creatures from Inner Space by S Gooch The subject will be argued from the two possible yet opposite sides the ghost as a non-existent and the ghost as an existent spirit This will be done through the elements of perception Perception although being so complex is the medium by which individuals receive information from the surrounding world Let us consider the situation where a person believes that she has perceived a ghost This can be an optical illusion created by the classical example of shadows or by sound the wind which when applied to them the Gestalt psychology we can understand how anyone of us can derive a form from the few elements perceived and rush to a conclusion Gestalt psychologists have shown how humans use their interests to structure the information perceived therefore not considering the different parts making it up As we can see clearly in an illusion its the minority of the outer senses which are stimulated Same thing with hallucination but this time the inner senses
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