Looking for something analogous to this in philosophy I ventured upon a philosopher by the name H.H. Price who speculated on the nature of the afterlife and developed his own intriguing hypothesis which I reproduce below:
According to Price after death the self will find itself in a dream world of memories and mental images from their life. Price wrote that the hypothetical "next world would be realms of real mental images." Price however believed that the self may be able to draw upon its memories of previous physical existence to create an environment of totally new images. According to Price, the dream world will not follow the laws of physics just as ordinary dreams do not. In addition, he wrote that each person will experience a world of their own, though he also wrote that the dream world doesn't necessarily have to be solipsistic as different selves may be able to communicate with each other by dream telepathy.
What I find interesting about this hypothesis is that no religious or spiritual explanation is required.
He goes on:
Price had invented the concept of "place memories". He proposed that hauntings could be explained by memories becoming lost from an individual's mind and then somehow attaching itself to the environment which could be picked up by others as hallucinations. He also believed that "place memories" could explain psychometry.
Linking his afterlife hypothesis with the concept of place memories Price proposed another hypothesis called the "psychic ether" hypothesis. He wrote that this hypothesis would explain where the memories would be stored for hauntings as well as for clairvoyance, ghosts and other paranormal phenomena. Price proposed that a universal psychic ether coexisting dimension exists as an intermediary between the mental and ordinary matter. According to Price the psychic ether consists of images and ideas. Price wrote that apparitions are actually memories from people and that under the right conditions they can be seen as hallucinations. Price believed that the dreamlike world of the afterlife exists in the psychic ether.
This is the most convincing explanation I have come across for ghosts and hauntings and the fleeting and passing quality of sightings of ghosts.
I wonder if the dreamlike world of the afterlife also has beings or intelligences unique to it which could also offer an interpretation of a wide array of supernatural pheonmeoma existing on the edge of our perceptions?
Edited by aimlesswalk, 22 October 2013 - 02:07 PM.