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Ghosts - Are They Real?

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Gabi Starck
English
MYP 4D CIS

Ectoplasmic Forces

INTRODUCTION -
        "No ghost was ever seen by a pair of eyes,"(INTEXT) are the words of the famous historian, Thomas Carlyle. Plenty of people, such as scientists, would agree with his statement, however, can Carlyle be certain of this? People have claimed to have seen, or taken photos, of mysterious figures which take the form of a human - the figures which roam Earth mindlessly. Others, however, assume science can answer all the strange shapes which are "seen" by human eyes. Thesis Statement: Are paranormal spirits just a figment of our imagination, or are they real beings from beyond Earth?

BODY #1 – Ghosts exist
The eye sees what the mind wants to believe. But with photographical evidence of ghosts, can you then trust your perception when it can be clouded by your beliefs? It's been shown that photographs of super natural spirits have been dated all the way back to the 18th century. And even before then, ancient manuscripts from 3,500 BC, early Egyptians spoke about spirits and out-of-body experiences (INTEXT). People have heard unexplainable and mysterious noises in their homes at night, and felt the presence of hidden figures looming over their bodies in the darkness. A poll in 2005 by The Gallup Organization asked American’s whether they believe in the existence of ghosts. 32% of the people said they did, and in another poll conducted, 98% of all Americans believe in life after death (INTEXT).

    All throughout the globe, cultures have ghost stories in which they pass down to their young. In Japan, there are figures called the Yurei. The name means "faint" or "dim", but it can also mean "soul" or "spirit". These characters are used in Japanese folklore, and they are thought to be spirits from a peaceful afterlife (INTEXT). As well in China, ghosts are classical images in their culture. There is usually a young woman whose face is covered in long, black hair, which dies due to...