A Frozen Ghost?



While many of you may recall that this title is from an old Universal horror movie with Frankenstein, the frozen ghost here deals with one particular paranormal case, The Entity.

If you read the original novel from 1978 or saw the movie (1983), you’ll recall that in the final moments of the third act, the researchers successfully freeze the entity by supercooling it with liquid helium. Did this event actually occur?  Of course not.  Could it have occurred?  No way.

The second chapter of my book Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown, “The Real Life Entity Case”, chronicles in detail, what really transpired in this most extraordinary case.  When Frank De Felitta was writing the novel, we frequently sat down and discussed what we  (the parapsychologists) would have liked to have done when investigating Doris Bither’s case if we were given access to proper funding and facilities on the UCLA campus.

As our lab was, at best, tolerated way back then and did not have any funding whatsoever, the notion of bringing Doris Bither into a controlled environment within which we would reproduce her home in the hope of getting far more comprehensive data was wishful thinking at best.

Attempting such would have been financially prohibitive, not even considering how the folks running the university and UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) would have reacted.  Even if money had been available at the time, UCLA would probably would have gone ballistic if we had made such a request given the nature of our work.

Another major factor to consider when dealing with supercooling around humans is the potential for seriously harming if not killing someone in the process.  If anyone were to be caught in a dense shower of liquid helium or nitrogen, the result would be severe scalding, if not downright lethal.  When approaching temperatures near absolute zero as with liquid helium, safety precautions must be adhered to at all times.

However, the reasoning for utilizing supercooling to freeze a ghost, or the mechanism producing the apparition of it, is perhaps a very logical one.

If one is visually observing luminous anomalies, let’s say an apparition, such as in the case of The Entity, what exactly is producing the light we’re visually witnessing?

Generally speaking, light is produced when atoms are sufficiently excited to where electrons jump from higher to lower orbits thereby emitting photons.  This is a very mechanical process and conforms to the law of physics we currently understand.

If one wanted to inhibit or restrain such a process, the logical way of doing so would be to supercool the mechanism and thereby slow the photon emission process down.

The real question here is; “what’s the mechanism producing the light observed during some paranormal events, or is even light as we know it?”

Are we really “seeing” an image creating by photons striking our eye, lens, retina, optic nerve and brain, or are we being influenced by a mechanism to make us “sense” something in our mind’s eye, sort of like a visual hallucination?

There is much more going on here than meets the eye, if you’ll excuse the pun. For more on this, read my book. The possibilities here are endless and quite intriguing.

By Dr. Barry Taff

Dr. Barry Taff, who holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering, worked as a research associate at UCLAs former parapsychology laboratory from 1969 through 1978. During his 41-year career, Dr. Taff has investigated more than 4,000 cases of ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists, and he has conducted extensive studies in telepathy and precognition which led to the development of the original protocols and methodologies for what was later coined remote-viewing. He is the author of Aliens Above, Ghosts Below.

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