Science of Hauntings / Rock Star Ghosts

Hosted byGeorge Knapp

Science of Hauntings / Rock Star Ghosts

About the show

In the first half, George Knapp talked with UK researcher and writer Richard Thomas about a wide range of paranormal theories related to hauntings, ghosts, and other anomalous activity. One such theory proposed by author Richard Holland is that a shapeless, formless intelligence connects to the human mind in some way, and uses our imagination to take form in our world. This could manifest as various phenomena such as ghosts, UFOs, or back in ancient times, Egyptian gods, depending on the person's mindset, he remarked.

Thomas detailed the "Stone Tape Theory" which originated in a fictional play. It posits that a stone building can somehow record events of the past, and vibrations and moving about can activate these recordings. He also shared a bizarre encounter that an employee of the haunted Swansea Museum in Wales reported. The employee saw a man walk down the corridor when the museum was closed and assumed he must have been another staff member. But when he called out to him, the man disappeared by walking through a wall. For more, see Thomas' article for Neon Nettle, Have You Ever Wondered How Ghosts Work?

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In the latter half, journalist and research writer at Penn State, Matthew Swayne, discussed true stories of rock star ghosts from renowned ghost hunters and researchers. He differentiated ghost folklore from ghost stories-- stories are based on firsthand witnesses, whereas in folklore, the accounts' sources tends to be more removed or vague. Because fans have a strong desire for their idols to remain and be part of their lives, rock stars might be more likely than other deceased people to stick around the earthly plane after their deaths, he suggested.

Swayne shared reports of ghostly activity around the death of Rolling Stones member, Brian Jones. Marianne Faithfull was said to see his face in a mirror, and later when she went into a coma/NDE, Jones appeared to her and told her to go back. He also presented sightings and accounts involving such musicians as Robert Johnson, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Mama Cass, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and Sid Vicious.

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