Ghost Stories: Dr. Andrew Nichols Explains the Unexplained

From Gainesville Weekly, October 27, 2004

Historic Micanopy--Main Street U.S.A., complete with lit antique shops, a little white church, and the imposing Antebellum edifice of the Herlong Mansion, but nary a soul on the street on a dark October night...

The occasion: a lecture by Dr. Andrew Nichols, Professor of Psychology at the City College in Gainesville, as well as Director of the American Institute of Parapsychology. Nichols has investigated more than 600 cases over his 25-year career. He's been featured on "Unsolved Mysteries" and "48 Hours."

"Parapsychology is not the study of demons and spirits," he said. "It's the study of extraordinary capacities of the mind." He identified a handful of hauntings right here in our own backyard...

As reported in the Palm Beach Post, the Herlong Mansion in Micanopy might be the final resting place for Inez Herlong Miller, former schoolteacher, who fought an 18-year battle with siblings over her parents' estate. When she finally got it, Inez retired to her childhood room and died after a month long coma.

Now it's a bed and breakfast. Guests report being roused by a fine mist sprayed on their faces, or a woman's voice...

"I have no faith in the spirits of the dead hypothesis," he emphasized. "There's certainly something people experience, I just don't think it's spirits."

"We're talking about normal, mentally healthy people having these experiences. Regardless of it being real, it is profoundly transformative. The vast majority of apparition cases are healing."


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