+Seán Manchester wrote:
I would be interested to know why think your psychic apparition appears more rational, believable or indeed probable than a vampire?
It depends on what you mean by "ghost". We've already had a long discussion of afterlife beliefs here (thanks to a different book) and suffice to say my only current belief on the question is that it's unknowable. That said, I don't think people hang around in ghostly form. I could be wrong, of course. This seems to be one of those areas where science doesn't yet have any answers.
I suspect most "ghosts" are just "imprints" on the surrounding environment of psychic energy - what Lethbridge called "tape recordings". I know people who investigate just such apparitions here in Florida. They've talked to hundreds of people who have seen one. They've never met any who've ever met a vampire
. Let me put it this way: although ESP, remote viewing, and psychic phenomena are debatable, I think there is more evidence for them than for vampires, that's for sure.
Yet you subscribe to a ghost having haunted Highgate Cemetery (there is no "a" in the word cemetery, incidentally) and not a vampire without having done a shred of investigating into the phenomenon when it was active and there was still some chance of determining its likely category.
Bishop, with all due respect, I've read several accounts on the subject, now (although I do admit never hearing of this incident until it was mentioned on this board), and I still maintain that whatever people saw or described prior to your arrival would be better called a "ghost" - even if it was just the sort of subjective impression you just described, which it may well have been - until you arrived and then declared the cemetery (spelling corrected) was afflicted by a vampire.
I have to admit you are a rather odd fellow to declare vampires real based on legends, and ghosts mythical (given that at least there are far more legends
of same), ... I guarantee there are thousands of ghost sightings a year, and I know of very few vampire ones.