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Walter von Lucadou is a parapsychologist: He is looking for explanations for ghosts, spooks and witchcraft. And one thing is certain: when it is haunted, the cause is usually psychological problems.

The German physicist and psychologist Walter von Lucadou runs a parapsychological counseling center in Freiburg im Breisgau.

There is a lot of need for this: surveys have shown that two thirds of people have come into situations in their lives that they have experienced as psychic and inexplicable.

Lucadou receives over 3000 calls a year with reports of inexplicable events. So he has his hands full with his counseling center.

On the trail of the ghost

For over 40 years, von Lucadou has been tracking down the ghost and advising people who report paranormal experiences. Last but not least, the growing esoteric market also gives him some unsettled callers.

For example, from a real estate agent who wanted to know whether he could believe a clairvoyant and would now really have to sell all of his houses because otherwise they would fall victim to a storm.

He was able to stop the man from selling, says von Lucadou: He has already helped some people save money.

How do you come to dedicate your life to the haunted? We owe Lucadou's interest to the German biologist and philosopher Hans Driesch.

Driesch was the first to deal with parapsychological phenomena on a scientific level. The then 17-year-old von Lucadou was so impressed by Driesch's book that, in addition to studying physics, he also took psychology.

"Spooky action at a distance"

Lucadou is convinced that telepathy, clairvoyance or psychokinesis really do exist. Many of these events can be justified by physical means.

Causally inexplicable phenomena are explained by Lucadou with a quantum physical phenomenon: quantum entanglement.

Put simply, this means that two particles (for example electrons) that are quantum-mechanically linked behave like a uniform system despite long distances. As soon as the state of one of the particles changes, there is an instantaneous change in the state of the other particle - even if the particles are far apart.

This contradicts the classical physical intuition that particles only interact through direct, spatially immediate influence. Albert Einstein ironically called this "spooky action at a distance".

Does the ghost originate from the psyche?

Spuk is an impressive natural phenomenon for von Lucadou. Supernatural forces are not at work. Rather, such events are a reaction of the person with his environment.

By this he means: some responded to psychological problems with psychosomatic reactions. For others, these are instead reflected in their surroundings. For von Lucadou, spook is often the externalization of psychological problems.

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Walter von Lucadou: "The ghosts that called me: Germany's most famous haunted researcher told." Bastei Lübbe, 2012.

The burning office

Von Lucadou gives the following example of this: In a company it always starts to burn when the boss is on the road. The police and fire brigade have already examined everything, arson and other factors have been ruled out.

The head of the company is desperate and contacts von Lucadou. He finds out: The company's volunteer has a very close relationship with the boss, is jealous of his wife and wants the boss back as soon as he drives away.

From Lucadou comes to the conclusion: The intertwining of her psyche with the office caused the fire - the spook symbolically replaces the problem.

"Psycho-physical systems"

Sounds crazy? Lucadou explains these occurrences through a so-called "psycho-physical system". Accordingly, there is an interconnection between psychological processes in humans and physical effects on the outside.

Man is thus intertwined with his environment. But this coupling does not also cause external consequences such as spooky for every human being.

Von Lucadou says that he was able to experience repeatedly that the apparent spook was over at the very moment when those affected had solved their problem projected outside.

Lots of critics

This is a bold thought for physics. Von Lucadou has many critics - parapsychology is a polarizing topic in science.

However, von Lucadou is not completely alone with his theoretical approach, the physics Nobel Prize winner Wolfgang Pauli and the psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung have already considered similar theories.

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  • Comment from Elisabeth Frehner-Isenring (Denia)
    The interaction between body, soul and spirit of a person with the outside world and other people is very complex. And this combination of physics and psychology, which Mr. Lucadou studied, helps to understand "unearthly" things. Telepathy and clairvoyance are based on this complex system that forms in a person throughout his life through practice, experience and learning. So, once again, the humanities are just as important as the "ex." Sciences
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  • Comment from Alex Bauert (A. Bauert)
    Physics and psyche. At the moment there isn't even an information theory that could pose topical questions. Means: Our brain is physics (physiology, chemistry, etc.) and in addition the psyche, let's say the sum of our experiences. Our life story influences our actions, i.e. the causality. This is also said of the brain. We don't know how it fits together, how to think. There come the funny parapsychologists or better: pseudopsychologists!
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  • Comment from Elisabeth Frehner-Isenring (Denia)
    I can well understand the explanations and research of this scientist. Based on my experience and knowledge, they seem very plausible to me.
    There are no ghosts and such humbug.
    So thank you Mr. Walter von Lucadou.
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