Sometimes it's better to keep the mystery unexplained.
Posted 26 September 2013 - 08:59 PM
An example of the historical continuity of scientific interest in unorthodox questions concerns 'poltergeist' phenomena, i.e. the very epitome of 'things that go bump in the night'
Probably coined by Martin Luther (a professed poltergeist victim) in sixteenth-century Germany, 'Poltergeist' means 'rumbling spirit' There is a vast number of historical records of dramatic poltergeist outbreaks afflicting people from all walks of life, not infrequently resulting in interventions by state authorities, which in turn have produced some of the most detailed records. Among the bizarre but apparently robust features of alleged poltergeist phenomena over time are: