posted on Aug, 29 2007 @ 08:16 PM
I've always had a sort of tongue-in-cheek/serious theory - ghosts ARE scents.
Not wanting to derail - but it seemed like it fit the topic somewhat.
Ok - here's the idea. I can't really even call it a theory, more of a rumination.
You have a lot of scent receptors which apparently don't code for any describable odor at all, and you also have a vomeronasal complex which detects
various chemicals in the air you breathe, again not producing an overt sensation of aroma.
No one really knows what the function of the non-scent scent receptors are for, they're theorized to be pheromonal sensors like the ones in the
vomeronasal organs usually are. But they're tied into your memory and emotional centers like the other scent detecting cells.
At one time the military sponsored research on "neutral scents" - the chemicals that trigger the mysterious scent detecting nerves that don't evoke
a sensation of smell. The hope was that mammals have another route of communication by leaving complex molecules that communicate fear, distress, pain
or the like. Evolutionarily, it would confer advantage on your tribe/pack/whatnot if you were eaten at location x by a saber-tooth tiger, if you could
leave a warning that would cause the others to avoid the area. Sort of a last message.
The idea was that if that WAS the function of those nerves, and such a scent could be produced in mass quantities, that you could make "people
repellent" or what not.
Back to the idea of a ghost - what if this is what ghosts are? A pheremonic communication by someone in pain, dying, stressed out due to grief, you
name it. A long lasting scent chemical which was emitted by the person and absorbed by the surroundings, to be picked up later by other people and
interpreted as half-sensed images, creepy sensations, sonic illusions and the like?
Where do you find ghosts? Cemeteries - lots of dead people there to emit that last bit of panic scent for a long time. Houses - closed in spaces where
people have been emitting such scents to linger on the walls, floors etc. Dead bodies in walls - scents. Prisons - lots of people in despair and
stress. All those stories about houses picking up evil from crazy people that lived in them? Maybe it's a scent trace that tells you - evil violent
person lives here- avoid!
Could you abolish a ghost with a nice dose of ozone, a coat of paint, a can of Lysol or an open window?