No, that man didn’t meet any interactive ghost on the train

Here’s a good story about a man on a train trip who experienced a woman sitting on a seat next to him.

Suddenly the woman started talking to the man. But he couldn’t hear a word.
So he leaned towards her, and she seemed to lean towards him.
Her mouth was moving all the time as if she was speaking to him. But still he couldn’t hear anything of what she was trying to tell him.

After a short while he discovered, to his dismay, that the lady had vanished. Putz weg.

Anyhow, the man with this odd experience realized he suffers from a near sleep disturbance related to sleep paralysis. So he understood he had just experienced a hallucination caused by an MWR (meaning Microsleep WITH REM, i.e. a short microsleep period containing some REM dream elements or episodes).
The woman, who seemed to sit next to him, was of course not a ghost (not even of the interactive kind), but the whole scenario must instead have been part of an ongoing waking dream.
My conclusion: That man is not a woo. Kudos to him for that.
IF woos had experienced that same scenario, they would have been convinced that they just had a close encounter with a spirit contact from the “Other side” (of death) – or, maybe, a visitor from another, hitherto unknown, dimension. That’s what their belief/thought paradigm tells them it must have been. Their bizarre magical thinking produces such thoughts.
Read the whole story here: .
And read more about different kinds of near sleep experiences (NSEs) here: . A fascinating and most recommendable article.


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5 responses to “No, that man didn’t meet any interactive ghost on the train

  1. I’ve heard sleep paralysis also explains a lot (most?) of alien abduction tales.

  2. @john zande: Thank you very much for your comment!

    And yes, you are right – as usual.

    Sleep paralysis is one of many subcategories of the Near Sleep Experience (NSE) Syndrome. Sort of a waking dream, meaning that part of your brain is awake while other parts are not.

    Depending on how you have primed your brain, you can see/hear/feel – or rather experience meeting – a variety of spiritual entities, both good and evil ones. Or at least meet some aliens/extraterrestrials (often wanting to study your genitalia and/or even have sexual intercourse with you).

    Or, in other words: It’s up to the dreamer to decide what “movie (plot)” will be shown at the “theater” of his/her brain

    Also, there are some indications that at least some NSEs, in turn, can be linked to Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE) and/or Temporal Lobe Transients (TLTs). I’m sure you know that epilepsy was once called Morbus Sacer (the Sacred Disease).

    As a matter of fact, I would not be surprised if there are some links to parasomnias like Night Terror, Somnambulism or Exploding Head Syndrome as well?

    Read more about parasomnias here: .

    BTW, have you read a paper entitled “The Neural Substrates
    of Religious Experience” (by Jeffrey L. Saver, M.D., and John Rabin, M.D.). Otherwise I recommend you to do it. Here’s the link: .

    Also this paper I can recommend: . The title is: “Neuroscience for the soul”. And the author is Craig Aaen-Stockdale. He aims at trying to explain religious experience and behavior. A good overview for laymen.

    Just remember, while you read it, that the concept of “soul” is full of bullshit.
    I don’t want you to become religious, because it would be a great loss to the antitheist web team.

  3. The links look interesting 🙂 I’ll take a closer look at the weekend.

  4. Ahh, rationalization I can sink my teeth into…… if I can just find that weird chick I met last night and get my brain back………

  5. @williamleeone: Are you interested in weird chicks? Then you should join any woo and/or New Age web community.

    I estimate that between 75 and 90 per cent of the members in such communities are females.

    And believe me, most of them ARE weird. They indulge in magical & religious thinking. They would probably get high scores in personality tests that measure schizotypal personality disorder, i.e. their boundary between “real” reality and imaginary (“dreamed-up”) reality usually is very fuzzy and fuddled.

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