The west is a place where paranormal phenomena happen.
In the early 20th century, the British Medical Journal described the phenomenon as “an unusual and powerful phenomenon of which the whole of the human race is at once terrified and perplexed”.
It was described as a “disturbing and frightful phenomenon” and a “troubling one”.
In the 1920s, in the early days of the paranormal craze, the BBC aired a series of ghostly tales of hauntings and sightings by “whisperers” who claimed to have glimpsed “ghosts”.
In its early years, the phenomenon was seen by many as the stuff of myth and legend, and the BBC and others did their best to debunk its existence.
But as the years went on, the “whispers” grew in number and in frequency.
Today, there are more than a hundred ghost stories told by “ghost whispeers” around the world, and hundreds of “ghostly” sightings are documented.
“We are seeing more and more of these reports and the fact that there is so much misinformation and fear mongering about it is a huge problem,” says Paul Williams, a ghost researcher at the University of Bristol in the UK.
Williams, who has conducted a number of investigations on the phenomenon, says the media’s depiction of the phenomenon is “deeply misleading”.
“I think the mainstream media have done their best with this.
They’ve got stories in the paper that they are sure are true, and they put it on TV and radio,” he says.
In their report, Williams and his colleague James Brawley write that the phenomenon’s popularity has grown over the past decade, and that in the US, “ghost stories are now being broadcast by more than half of the television stations.”
There have been a number more “ghost” sightings, including in Australia, Japan and Germany.
Williams believes it is not just the “ghost sightings” that have helped to drive the phenomenon.
“The main thing is that people are becoming very aware of it.
They know the story.
They are interested,” he said.
Ghost stories are a phenomenon of the western world Many of the reports in the BBC report, however, are not genuine ghost stories.
They can be the work of hoaxers, ghost hunters, or people who have no idea what they are talking about.
Some are just “jokes”, or “tricks” in an effort to lure unsuspecting viewers into seeing a ghost.
“These are not real ghost stories,” Williams said.
He says it is “disgusting” to see people believing that stories like the BBC’s are “true” stories, and “that they have real people in them”.
He points to a recent report that suggested a “ghost town” had been created in the town of Chorlton, in England.
But Williams says it’s more likely that ghost stories are “a hoax”.
He said: “The idea that you are going to find a ghost town and you are supposed to believe in it is very wrong.
People who are very good at getting gullible people will do that and the idea that they’re going to be making it up and spreading it is also ridiculous.”
Ghost stories do not necessarily come from ghosts, however.
There is no “ghost in the machine” and there are many people who are willing to share their experiences of the “heavenly”, he says, including the author and author of the BBC article, author Richard Dawkins.
“You see a ghost story and it’s not a ghost,” Williams told BBC News.
“It’s not the ghost.
It’s the human.
And we are all just human beings.
We are all a part of the same family.”
The ghost whispper story and its origins have also sparked controversy.
“I have a very close friend, an atheist who goes to this church and tells the story of how he saw a ghost in the pulpit and went to see the ghost,” said Williams.
“He’s not afraid to say it.
He believes that the story is true.
And I think that’s a real worry because people who want to believe that the stories are true do it because they’re scared.”
But Williams insists that the “truth” of the ghost story is not in question.
He said that while he does not think that “the ghost story” is a hoax, he does think that people “who say it’s a hoax have not bothered to read the original source of the story”.
Williams also says he is not concerned that people who make “fake” ghost stories will end up with “a real ghost story”.
“The problem is when you hear that story and you think: ‘That sounds like a real story’,” he said, adding that “people who say that story have no clue what they’re talking about”.
“If they think it’s true, they’re just lying.
They don’t know what they believe.”