Science has significantly shaped the world we are living in today. It has also made it possible for most people to understand things that were once a mystery, as well as how the world works. However, there are things that science still has to explain satisfactorily throughout the years, despite the advancements in technology.
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Spirits of the dead have long been a staple of world cultures and folklore. A lot of movies, books, and television shows have featured ghosts, portraying them as something paranormal. People have gone on record seeing apparitions of dead relatives, and sometimes, they even have photos to prove it. But, as much as we all want to believe they aren’t real, sincere eyewitnesses continue to report seeing, photographing, and even communicating with them. Modern scientists haven't delved into this topic much but there are some theories about it. For instance, ghosts may have been due to hallucinations caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.
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The Placebo Effect
Sometimes, people can convince themselves that what they are taking is curing them of their maladies even when such doesn’t have any substance that can affect their health. This is called the placebo effect, which is believed to be one of the most fascinating phenomena that science still can’t explain. People believe that their body has the ability to heal itself better than anything modern medicine could, and they do become well.
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A lot of people have experienced having a feeling that they are reliving a past moment, and there are only a few attempts at explaining this phenomenon. According to an article by Live Science, a website that features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture, and history, déjà vu is a French phrase meaning “already seen.” It refers to the mysterious, puzzling, and distinct feeling of having experienced a specific set of circumstances before. Anne Cleary, a cognitive psychologist, theorized that the reason why déjà vu happens is because people’s feelings are triggered by an encounter with a place that's similar in layout to another place they once visited.
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Throughout the years, people across the world routinely disappeared for unknown reasons. Some suggested that they were abducted or killed, ran away, or just chose to intentionally hide. Some of the more famous disappearances are the entire crew of the merchant ship Marie Celeste, American labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, and 18-year-old high-school graduate Natalee Holloway. They simply vanished without a trace and up until now, science can’t explain why and how.
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In 1878, a UFO sighting was reported in Texas. A local farmer said he saw a large, dark, circular flying object flying "at wonderful speed.” According to an article by World of Lucid Dreaming, there have been countless stories where people would describe objects like flying saucers with awesome maneuvering capabilities, unlike any man-made aircraft. Despite hundreds of photos of UFOs, scientists couldn’t find an explanation about them that satisfied everyone.
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The Bermuda Triangle
For many years, many people blamed the Bermuda Triangle for the disappearance of countless airplanes and boats in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean. Most of these disappearances have not been explained until now. Some claimed that they were caused by natural disasters or equipment failure. But a fair number of people believe that something out of this world may be the culprit, which is probably why that spot is also known as the Devil’s Triangle.
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Near-Death Experiences and Life After Death
A lot of reports have surfaced about people who experienced what it’s like to be dead and come back to tell their tale. Some of them said they just saw nothingness while some had various mystical experiences, such as feeling a sense of peace, being reunited with loved ones, going into a tunnel and emerging in light, and many more. This suggests the possibility of an afterlife.