Some people believe they have found some answers about life after death and the existence of ghosts. According to them, the answers may come from the laws of physics.

Despite the efforts of ghost-hunters around the world and their continuing investigations into abandoned houses, factories, old buildings, cemeteries, etc., which is most often accompanied by proper equipment, we still are not able to say with certainty if there are ghosts.

The laws of physics, however, may have a few answers concerning otherworldly spirits, as some people believe.

According to many ghost hunters, there are allegations of the existence of ghosts in modern physics and particularly from Einstein, who offered a scientific basis on the topic.

In particular, ghost researcher John Kachuba in his book Ghosthunters (2007) states that according to Einstein,

“All the energy in the universe is constant, which means that it can neither be created nor destroyed…”

Then, what happens to our energy when we die? Since it cannot be destroyed, then it is transformed into another kind of energy. What can this form of energy be? Maybe we can assume that this development results in the existence of ghosts?

The Tri-County Paranormal team states that,

“Einstein argued that energy is not created or destroyed but is only converted from one form to another. Humans and all living organisms have electrical energy in their bodies. So, what happens to this electricity when we die?”

Where does the energy go?

In reality, the answer may be very simple. When a person dies, their body’s energy moves where the energy of all organisms moves – to the environment. When a person dies, their energy is released and transferred to the animals and plants.

When we consume dead plants and animals, at the same time we consume their energy and use it for our own purposes. Thus, when food is metabolized, chemical reactions occur and provide an animal with energy when it needs to live, to run, to play, etc.

The only discrepancy with this is that energy from dead humans takes years to transform into food for other living things. Other sources of decomposition energies are heat and light which dissipates soon after death.

This energy does not exist in the “electromagnetic-spiritual” form, however. It exists in the form of heat and chemical energy.

Most ghost hunters claim to be able to detect electromagnetic fields created by ghosts. Since the metabolic processes of living organisms generate low levels of electrical currents, they cease to exist when the organisms die.

As soon as the source of the energy ceases to exist, electrical processes stop as well, just like a bulb ceases to emit light when the power supply is interrupted.

Then, of course, there is the question of the weight of the soul. Some people believe that at the point of death, the soul is released taking with it, around 21 grams of weight.

This measurement was collected by a 20-century physician Duncan McDougall while weighing patients before and after death. While this seems to leave even more questions to ponder, the results of McDougall’s experiments are not accepted as valid.

Despite many ghost hunters relying on the theories of Einstein’s laws of physics and the idea that ghosts may indeed be real, the truth is that neither Einstein nor the laws of physics suggest the existence of ghosts.

It’s just a tempting interpretation of a well-known theory that works for people who believe in the paranormal.

What do you think?


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  1. moose

    “Then what happens to our energy when we die? Since it cannot be destroyed, then it is transformed into another kind of energy. What can this form of energy be? Maybe we can say that this development results in the creation of ghosts?”

    This is the worst logic… it’s so bad it makes my brain hurt. Not only that… the 1st law of thermodynamics wasn’t developed by Einstein.

    1) Please define what this “energy’ you are talking about even is.
    2) Even if there is an energy associated with your consciousnesses, that doesn’t imply that the consciousnesses still exists after death (certainly doesn’t say anything about ghosts), only that there is energy that exists. When you turn off your computer, does it still compute somewhere off in ghostland? Nope… Energy is just converted from one form to another, and the TOTAL amount of energy in the universe is conserved.

    It is really frustrating when whack jobs try and hijack science to push their BS…

    1. Jane Whitaker

      Stick your beliefs up your butt. Evidence is SUBJECTIVE by its very nature……

  2. Me

    But if our energy is passed to the environment when we die, that means our body no longer contains energy when in the post mortum state, yes? Which means that we cannot consume the energy of dead plants or animals when we eat them because they have already released their energy at death.

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