Saturday, February 23, 2008

I've been slimmed!


Ectoplasm, what is it?

We've heard throughout our lives about ectoplasm being left after a haunting or manifesting during seance. However, ectoplasm is (from the Greek ektos, "outside", + plasma, "something formed or molded") is a term coined by Charles Richet to denote a substance or spiritual energy "exteriorized" by physical mediums.[1] Ectoplasm is said to be associated with the formation of ghosts, and hypothesized to be an enabling factor in psychokinesis.

Although the term is widespread in popular culture, the physical existence of ectoplasm is not accepted by mainstream science. Some tested samples purported to be ectoplasm have been found to be various non-paranormal substances, including chiffon and flakes of human skin.[2][3] Other researchers have duplicated, with non-supernatural materials, the photographic effects sometimes said to prove the existence of ectoplasm.[4]

Since its inception in the field of spiritualism, the concept of ectoplasm has escaped to become a staple in popular culture and fictional supernatural lore. Notable examples include Noel Coward's 1941 play Blithe Spirit, and the 1984 film Ghostbusters; in which "ectoplasmic residue" secreted by ghosts is portrayed as viscous, cloudy and greenish-white, similar to nasal mucus, famously referred to in Bill Murray's line, "He slimed me!" - Wikipedia

Those that have claimed to have seen this substance say that it is a filmy white substance however, recent photographs of the substance show it to be greenish in color.


Others have said ectoplasm to look like a spider web in appearance.

The effects one experiences from this substance is those akin to out-of-body experiences. Leaving the person feeling drained or conversely, highly energized. The purpose of this substance still isn't quite clear except to prove that the medium has contacted "the other side!"

Thank you for your attention and time! Have a great Phantasmagoric World Day!

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