Are ghosts real? Well, there's as much scientific evidence to support their existence as there is for the existence of black holes. Which is to say: there isn't any, really. And yet we take the existence of black holes as read by now. People claim to have photographed, observed, and studied black holes, but they haven't been tested under laboratory conditions. That doesn't mean that they don't exist, so it by the same token we can't dismiss the existence of the supernatural either, right?
Probably. We don't know, we're not Brian Cox. Science is hard. (We got a C at GCSE). What we do know from science is that it's much more difficult to prove the non-existence of something that the existence. And also phenomenally more douchey. Yeah, James Randi, we're looking at you. We're glass half-full types here at WhatCulture, so we lean towards proving the "existence" side of things. We also like a challenge, which means that having no concrete scientific evidence of spooks and spectres being real won't put us off trying to convince you about the true nature of things that go bump in the night.
Besides, science isn't gospel (actually it's kinda the opposite of that, but shush). Where study of the supernatural began on the fringes, there are actually plenty of respected institutes and university research groups pursuing paranormal entities. To be so interested in ghostly phenomenon hints there might be something to why we pass around spooky stories, see every Paranormal Activity, read MR James stories at Christmas, and have tales from almost every culture since prehistory about spooks, ghouls, and spirits from beyond the grave.
It's good to have a healthy skepticism about the world, but that goes both ways. We don't think you can necessarily totally prove ghosts are real, but you also can't just dismiss them out of hand. Especially when there's so many pieces of evidence that prove ghosts are real - and here's just ten of the most compelling. We're ready to believe them!