We know our dogs have extraordinary senses…but can they sense the presence of a ghost? The answer depends, first, on whether you believe in ghosts.
“There is plenty of documentation that could support the notion that dogs can sense paranormal activity,” according to Jesus Aramendi, DVM, a senior veterinarian for Chewy, but it’s only meaningful to the extent you actually believe that paranormal activity exists and is capable of being sensed by the living. After all, there aren’t any scientific studies that prove the existence of the paranormal or dogs’ relation to it. That said, while science loves to spoil ghost stories, a good 45 percent of Americans believe in ghosts. In other words, for slightly under half of Americans, the question “Can dogs see ghosts?” isn’t about whether ghosts exist but simply whether dogs are capable of seeing them.
Dogs have better senses than us. So they can sense things we can't, (having been around dogs, I have observed that first hand ). But that just means there may be something there I can't sense, it is a god of the gaps argument to just drop "ghosts" into the hole. It is just an unknown.
Dogs can hear things far out of the range of our senses.
Could we call that extra sensory perception?
Then there is their sense of smell.
I don't believe in ghosts. I also don't believe in the ground being "sour" in a place where something horrible happened. I think if someone knew nothing of Gettysburg, for example. They would not feel terrible sadness and foreboding. They would see a pleasant field with some interesting limestone rock formations.
I can only say that I have experienced things that I cannot explain to this day, on two occasions it was in a double blind context with other people experiencing the same phenomena but independently of me so not a mass hallucination situation. Do things exist that are outside of our understanding and our ability to measure in a scientific manner? Of course, there is so much more for us to learn and we need to remain open to new possibilities while at the same time holding theories about these events up to rigorous scrutiny, the way a proper scientist would.
A lot of people think dogs can predict earthquakes, but it may be that their highly tuned senses are able to detect natural disasters in their earliest stages before they're detectable to us. The problem with proving such a thing is that there's no consistently measurable behavior that has been recorded.
Earthquakes exist and have been studied for hundreds of years. If we don't know whether dogs can predict/sense them, how could be possibly know whether they can see the paranormal, which may or may not even exist?
I do not believe in ghosts. Once when I was religious I did believe but now the subject is ridiculous to me. This does not mean that there are things we do not see or sense and that dogs do see and sense. Anyone who has been around dogs know they sense things in a different way than we do, and are aware of things we are not. Is this paranormal activity? That might just be words that we use. Animals do see and hear things we do not and this might get into why dogs have always been our best friends.
Farts are the ghosts of regret filled snacks.
Smells tend to influence the personality of those around it. To call that paranormal is a bit of a stretch. Pets have a better sniffer than we do.
A large percentage of these ghost hunter videos are about disoriented idiots who are high on the fumes of rotting houses. Tearing down the cursed building before replacing it with a superior HVAC filtered building has always been more effective at removing spooky allergens than mere exercism.
I know scientists who are open to the paranormal...my husband was. A Magna Cum Lauda physicist whose contributions to space were astronomical. (Pardon the pun) Where the paranormal is concerned it is not necessary for anyone to believe it. According to "Seth," an entity who dictated books through the medium, Jane Roberts, we all chose those areas of reality that serve our needs. So just focusing on the tangible here and now, is what some people choose and need. Whatever is out there, doesn't care or need for anyone to believe. Those who do accept this as real have had "evidence" that is meaningful to them and there is not need to share it or to prove it.
All this has nothing to do with today's or yesterday's religions.
In all, the quest for wisdom is something we all have to carry out in out own way. Again, Seth says there are many paths.
So we can all be friends and not impose our "way" on others. Because we respect that each of us makes these choices according to our needs.
What I find on this site, is freedom: freedom to be me, freedom from religion, and freedom from the narrow minded who deign to judge me or to dictate how I should be or think. Although I find a little of that from some atheists who really haven't fully recovered from religion, yet.
I am an agnostic who treasures the phrase, "I don't know."
I do not believe in ghosts. Several reasons I do not believe in them. First, I have never seen a ghost, that is a big reason. Cause, if they do exist, why haven't I seen them? Second, everything I am aware of in the natural world has a reason. Even virus have a reason they exist (there are millions of virus and many are helpful and essential to human life). Just what would be the reason for ghosts to exist? I do not recall ever reading of proven instances of ghosts passing on information which was overwhelming helpful to a living person. So there is no reason for them to exist. Therefore, as far as I am concerned, they do not exist.
It’s a really weird question to ask this group, don’t you think?
I mean, agnostics and atheists are not typically the kind of people who will just believe in anything or accept stories based on hearsay. Normally, one does not “believe in” something; rather they either believe or disbelieve, based on the facts of the matter. Otherwise they accept a story on faith, which is a position that lies well beyond the parameters of this discussion.
How can one believe in ghosts? Either one believes ghosts are a fact or they do not. I for one have not seen enough evidence to accept any assertion that ghosts exist. If there were ghosts they would necessarily be a natural, physical phenomenon… something we could observe and measure with predictable repeatability. Ghosts, if they existed, would require a locus, a source of energy and a physical description.