I’ve just been going back through ‘True Irish Ghost Stories’ by Seymour and Neligan. In it the authors note:
“Some day, no doubt, psychologists and scientists will be able to give us a complete and satisfactory explanation of these abnormal apparitions [ie ghosts].”
Their book was written in 1914. Elsewhere they state:
“The day will come when, before the steady advance of scientific investigation, and the consequent influencing of public opinion, the word ‘ghost’ will be relgated to limbo, and its place taken by a number of expressions corresponding to the results obtained from the analysis of phenomena hitherto grouped under this collective title. That day is approaching.”
Unfortunately, thanks to the continued neglect and indeed hostility towards these frequently reported phenomena by the scientifi establishment that day is no more approaching now than it was in 1914.