For many years I have thought about possible theoretic elements to incorporate into Ghostology or the study of the paranormal. I believe that if “Ghostology” is ever to be accepted as a legitimate field of study by the scientific community, an ascribed collection of theoretic concepts and methodologies must first be in place. The compilation of these models also makes it easier and more transparent (forgive the pun) to communicate the ideas of Ghostology. One of the primary theoretic concepts that I have found is dualism.
Dualism is the concept there exists universal but opposing binary principals that are interconnected making it that one cannot be without the other to the point that one may give rise to the other. The most prominent dualistic symbol is the yin and the yang of the Taoist religion which underscores the dualistic relationship of male and female, night and day, land and water. Many Eastern religions like Taoism emphasize the importance of the co-existence and harmony between opposing forces. One example would be male and female. If the two sexes did not learn to co-exist in harmony the human race would shrink from generation to generation till people no longer existed. Dualism is found all over the world from the Mesoamerican cultures of Central America, Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures. Even in Western religions like Christianity dualism has had a major impact as illustrated in the story of Adam and Eve—“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as the gods, knowing good from evil” (Genesis 3:5).
By implementing this common and ancient philosophy, Ghostology will explore the paranormal in an attempt to further understand what it means to be human and alive. In this sense it could be said that Ghostology attempts to understand the living by investigating the dead. I have always believed that if an afterlife could be confirmed this life and world would be greatly altered. “Knowledge is power” as Sir Frances Bacon said, but knowledge also allows us to be a more caring society as well. Just as the understanding of many illnesses once thought to be the result of malicious and sinful behavior has allowed us to treat and show compassion to the effected, the confirmation of an afterlife would allow for the possibility of many other things such as purpose, hope, and universality.