Philosophy of Life 05

TOPIC

Do ghosts really exist?

Essay

◆ Pros
 Although some people do not believe it, I believe that ghosts exist for the three following reasons.
 The first reason is that the fact that there is a word “ghosts” means that they exist at least on a conceptual level. Love exists. Hate exists. Pleasure exists. Suffering exists. So do ghosts. The concept of ghosts exists, which means ghosts exist.
 The second reason is that there are many people who have seen them. I do not think that they all lied. Some of them must have said the truth. Even if it was an illusion, at least in their head, ghosts did exist at the moment they saw them. We say we had a dream. Dreams exist. The same thing can be said about ghosts. We sometimes had a ghost. Ghosts exist.
 The third reason is that there are many things which modern science still cannot explain about. Ghosts may exist not only in the conceptual world but also in this physical world and there is no proof that they don’t for now.
 For the aforementioned reasons, I believe that ghosts exist.
(185 Words)

◆ Cons
 Although some people believe it, I do not believe that ghosts exist for the two following reasons.
 The first reason is that it does not make any sense that ghosts wear clothes. If they are ghosts how come they are wearing clothes? For argument's sake, let's assume that ghosts can be visible in the form of human body sometimes but why are they wearing clothes? Don’t ghosts pass through walls? Well, it is impossible for clothes to pass through walls.
 The second reason is that body and spirit are not different things. Spirit is only one of the functions of human brain and the brain is a part of body. Therefore spirit is a part of body, one function of body. If body loses its function completely, so does spirit too. If body is gone, so is spirit too.
 All the aforementioned things suggest that ghosts are just an illusion which human brain creates. Many people do not want to accept the fact that if we die, we will just become nothingness, and that’s all. That is why they want to believe in ghosts. However, in reality there is no such thing as ghosts. Hence, I do not believe that ghosts exist.
(204 Words)

Date:July 14, 2013

メモ

◆ トピック:幽霊は存在するか?

例によって、賛成派と反対派のエッセイを書きました。

賛成派では、
「幽霊と言う単語が存在する以上、少なくとも概念上、幽霊も存在する」
「多くの人が目撃している」
「科学で証明できない事も多い」
の3つを、キーアイディアに書いてみました。

反論としては、
「物理次元で存在しないのなら、それは幻想ではないか?」
「多くの人が幻想を見ただけでは?」
「存在しないことの証明はできないのでは?」
などが考えられます。

反対派では、
「幽霊が服を着ているのはおかしい」
「魂は、脳の機能の一部、つまり体の一部であって、体と別のものではない」
の2つを、キーアイディアで書いてみました。

反論としては、
「服を着ていた幽霊は幻想で、服を着ていない幽霊は、本物なのでは?」
「脳死状態でも、意識がないとは証明されていない。意識が回復する人もいる。これを、どう説明するか?」
などが考えられますね。

私は、個人的には、幽霊は、情報空間には存在するけど、物理空間には存在しないと思います。
脳死状態でも、体が反応するのは、脳を持たない花が太陽の光に反応するのと同じで、脳は関係なく、体の神経の反応なんだと思います。

ただ、私は、ホラー映画や、怖い話は、大好きです!
特に、最近、猛暑で、かなり暑いので、ぴったりの季節ですね。