If you believe in ghosts, we have some bad news for you. All of the urban legends and stories you’ve heard are incorrect, and science can prove it.

Recent comments by Brian Cox, Advanced Fellow of particle physics at the University of Manchester, dispute supernatural claims about the spirits of the dead walking (floating?) among us, and he’s getting a lot of attention.

More People Believe In Ghosts Than You Think

According to a recent study, about 42 percent of Americans believe in ghosts. If you feel like that’s a large number, you’re not wrong. More people believe in ghosts than you think. But why?

Many of these beliefs stem from personal experiences. That’s not too shocking. People who claim to have witnessed paranormal activities are more likely to believe in the supernatural. A smaller percentage believe in ghosts simply due to personal interest, or believing witness accounts of ghosts and supernatural phenomena.

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“What we have is people trying to make sense of something that, to them, seems inexplicable,” explained Christopher French, professor of psychology at the University of London.

“So, you get the misinterpretation of noises of visual effects that do have a normal explanation, but not one that people can think of. People assume that if they cannot explain something in natural terms, then it must be something paranormal.”

But if you ask Cox, people believe in ghosts only because they haven’t been provided the truth.

Using Machinery To Help Solve The Problem

Cox began experimenting with the Large Hadron Collider [LHC], the world’s largest particle accelerator. The machine includes a ring of superconducting magnets and accelerators that fling particles, sending them to smash together at the speed of light.

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But why is it important? With the LHC, scientists can understand some of the most fundamental properties of the universe, as well as the world around us. Because of the LHC, Cox attests that it is impossible for ghosts to exist.

“We are not here to debate the existence of ghosts because they don’t exist,” Cox said.

That’s a pretty strong claim!

You Would See Them

According to Cox, if ghosts existed, the LHC would easily detect them. Ghosts would consist of energy, not matter. They would quickly dissipate. As Cox determined, there is nothing to account for ghosts in the standard model of physics or anything seen in the LHC. To this day, the LHC has failed to detect ghosts. That will always be the case. Well, at least according to Cox.

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He explained his theories in his podcast, The Infinite Monkey Cage, with guest and fellow physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who was impressed by Cox’s scientific findings.

He commented, “If I understand what you just declared, you just asserted that CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, disproved the existence of ghosts.”

Cox boldly answered: “Yes.”

And that’s all he had left to say. Yes, he disproved the existence of ghosts, and he’s not afraid to share it with anyone.