Updated 09 June 2003, 10.57
Ghosts don't exist, it's just how your body reacts to things, according to some scientists.
What do you think, are ghosts all in the mind, or have you had a spooky encounter yourself?
Do you reckon ghosts could be real and the scientists have got it wrong?
There is lots of stuff that happens that we can't explain, but that doesn't mean to say that 'ghosts' are the cause. The human mind is a powerful thing, don't underestimate it!
Flick, 15, Sussex
I don't know what to believe about ghosts as my dad says that they are NOT real but my niece who is 1 and a half years old says there is a doggy at the living room door and there is a man in my room! My Uncle passed away 2 years on August and my dog passed away a couple of months ago.
Susan, 13, Methil
When I went to a camp a ghost kept on taking my stuff and my friend's stuff. So they are real.
Nicholas, 10, Warrington
I'm sure there are ghosts out there having seen quite a few myself! Once I was reading a book and I heard some wails like crying. I looked outside my window and there was a girl in white. I was reading Jaqueline Hyde and I realised that there was a girl in white in the book too!
Sophie, 10, Aberdeen
I think they're real cos sometimes it seems a bit eerie in the night. When I was little me and my friend saw this really weird thing in the sky which looked like an old woman- that was when I started believing in them.
Adele, 10, Kent
I don't reckon ghosts are real, but I reckon spirits are. Only nice spirits though. A bit like guardian angels. Like your family.
Emz, 12, Colchester
When someone you love dies that doesn't mean they've abandoned you, they are with you all the time, you just can't see them!
Lizzie, 11, Greater Manchester
Scientists think that they can provide answers and explanations for everything. They need to accept the fact that not everything in this world has a scientific explanation.
Jemima, 13, Swindon
They're sort of real because there was a pile of stuff on my dressing table and a magazine fell off without me touching it! CREEPY!
Lucy, 10, Ashford
I do think that ghosts exist, I'm not really sure but what happens is that after my grandfather's death, my cousins and I were in a lounge room in his house. So, the door was closed and the windows, too were closed and when my sister said that she missed my grandfather, the door opened by itself. WE could feel the wind blowing in the direction of the opening of the door!! It was true!
Jo, 14, Sydney, Australia
I believe in ghosts, we use to have ghosts along our road, one was a little girl and apparantly she died in a fire in the Victorian age, and used to follow our neighbour around, he saw her one night, and accdientally put his hand through her head, but she's gone now.
Lizzie, 14, Gillingham
When you die the human mind dies. It does not go anywhere. You just become nothing.
I am a strong believer in ghosts, my question to the scientists is where does the human mind go after death?
Claire, 11, London
Wherever there's a ghost, I see it. And when I first started seeing them, I was WAY too young to have just imagined them, as I didn't even know what DEATH was. Plus, other people have gotten kidna creeped out around the spots where the ghosts are, so it's not just me.
Sue, 13, Wiltshire
I believe in ghosts and I don't think it's in my head because I like them and I also think they are not scary as I think they are harmless, and friendly, but if I saw one I think it would give me a bit of a shock.
Zoe, 10, Wokingham
I think that ghosts are out there even if they are just stories. I know someone who has seen a ghost and rather than being scared they were actually quite excited that they'd seen one!
Natasha, 15, Somerset
I didn't believe in ghosts until a relative went to a spiritualist church and apparently got in touch with her dead husband. The information she was given was scarily accurate but I am still sceptical.
Emma, 15, Scotland
I reckon ghosts are real, so many people have had experiences, my sister's friend's house is haunted and scary stuff happened to her, all her family have had stuff happen to them in that house! Explain that!
Saskia, 15, Leiston
We used to live in this old house, and the guy who used to live there died. And one night, I woke up and there was an old man standing by the window of my room looking into the garden, and he was transparent! It scared the living daylights outta me!
Leah, 13, Reading
I think they really exist. But they only come out if they really want to. I've read somewhere that someone can see ghosts and she's about 13-years-old. Maybe they really exist because there must be others things in the universe than ourselves?
Jenny, 14, Belgium
Of course they are! There is one in my house that moves the soap in the kitchen! Then it puts it back a few days later!
Charlotte, 14, Wakefield
It's your own choice whether they are real or not. Some might say that ghosts do exist but just as memories, after a pet dies you usually walk around the house and see it sat where it used to but then it dissappears. But people have had ghostly meetings, so why not?
Leo, 15, Leeds
I think ghosts are not real because you always hear people saying go in a qiuet room when it's dark because you might hear something but you don't but it's cool to think there is cos you can scare your friends!!
Louise, 11, New Malden
I don't believe in ghosts, they are just imaginations which have entered our heads through the media, eg films.
I would not like to believe in ghosts and I agree there are a lot of convincing stories, but as the article says that is all they are, stories and feelings. Those who believe in ghosts can as no-one has the right to judge another's belief but I am glad there has been moves towards settling the matter. There are real reasons people believe in ghosts such as losing a loved one and seeking contact, but in my opinion, I think it is just feelings; but I do feel for the fore mentioned people.
Marty, 13, Portsmouth
I'm not really sure if I believe in ghosts or not, but I wouldn't say they are or aren't real. I would have to see it to believe it, then again I have never seen one million pounds so they could easily be real!
Vicky, 15, Hull
I think that ghosts can be real depending on what people think. So if people think it's true then to them it's true but if people don't then it's not to them. So really you can't say for definite that they're not real as people have different beliefs and so far nothing CERTAIN has been proven.
Natalie, 12, Liverpool
Ghosts are real! I know loads of people who have seen them & I've had loads of things being moved without explanation!
Rebecca, 11, Eastcote
If ghosts don't exist, then how come there are people with unique gifts to contact them genuinly? No one can prove if they exist, no one can prove that they don't. But when white orbs float around you, it's not magnetic forces!
Heather, 13, Chesterfield
Ghosts exist! There are some things that science cannot explain...
Imogen, 13, Portsmouth
Ghosts are real!!!!!!
I can talk to them and lots of them are in my house & school. When I was three or four I said to have seen a girl in my gran's house but no one else could see it! And when my cousin was that age (she is now 21) she said she saw a ghost in in my gran's house as well!!!!!!!!!!!! So HAHA!!!! GHOSTS ARE REAL!!!!!!!!!
Melissa, 10, Glasgow
I think that ghost stories is just made up or a belief. You may hear noises at night, but that is probably just outside.
Clare, 10, Leicester
Course they do! I have lived with too many that too many people have seen for it to be a personal reaction thing. And people I know can project their ghost to other places and see what's there, and they are never wrong!
Elra, 14, Wales
Yeah, I reckon goasts are real cause look at all those true stories that are films. Plus the other day my bowl of cereal moved from one room to the other. It was well freaky, my mum was well freaked out.
Emma, 15, Bedfont
I reckon that ghosts are not real. People say they are but who are they to say that ghosts are real or not real and people like my little cousin is scared to go to bed some nights because of what she hears!
Naomi, 13, Omagh, Northern Ireland
I reckon ghosts are real, I've never seen one, but too many people have stories about them for them to all have it wrong!
Colm, 14, Durham
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