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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A ghost pony??? Sweet!!! :la: :la: :la:
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
"Ghosts don't exists. Even if they do, it's no excuse to throw reason to the wind and embrace mysticism and supernaturalism just because we haven't understand them YET.

If ghosts exists, they must not be feared, or revered - they must be STUDIED, their manifestation observed, their properties examined, with application of science and empircism.

Whatever useful knowledge would be applied in form of magic or technology that would allow us to better understand our hypothetical 'ghosts', interact with them, and perhaps even be adapted to use for our society.

As for the wider implications of their existence on our existence, well, let some-pony else deal with it. I'm a scientist, not a philosopher."


--- Clinical Insight, Unicorn scientist and skeptic, who investigates and debunks reputed 'haunting''s as his hobby.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
But are science and empiricism even appliable to this field as much as in physics and chemistry?

Be adapted to use for our society? So ponies who once were living and breathing as you are now just to be considered as tools?

A scientist, not a philosopher? Isn't he aware of what science can do? Isn't he aware of the dangers of being so preoccupied to know if one could, that one forgets to ask if one should?
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
But are science and empiricism even applicable to this field as much as in physics and chemistry?

Yes. Centuries ago people thought lightning bolts are either magic or divine wrath. Now we know they are just electrostatic discharge created by electrically-charged regions in a storm cloud. 

There's usually a naturalistic explanation to all phenomena which has physical interaction with the material world; sometimes, it just requires extensive effort, through observations and experimentation, to discover them. No phenomena, however unusual, should be written off as supernatural or 'Acts of gods' just because a naturalistic, scientific explanation for why and how it occurs is not immediately apparent. 

Be adapted to use for our society? So ponies who once were living and breathing as you are now just to be considered as tools?

Nobody complained about using soul gems in the Elder Scrolls setting. 

I was thinking along the lines of ponies using that knowledge they learn for benefits that DOESN'T involve exploiting ghosts. 

A scientist, not a philosopher? Isn't he aware of what science can do? Isn't he aware of the dangers of being so preoccupied to know if one could, that one forgets to ask if one should?

In the classical sense, a philosopher is someone who lives according to a way of life, whose focus is upon resolving existential questions about the human condition, and not someone who discourses upon theories or comments upon authors.

A scientist is someone who discourses upon a theory/hypothesis after observing a natural phenomena and sees a pattern, as a means of explaining it, after which he or she experiments in a controlled environment to see if pattern can be replicated within the framework of the theory/hypothesis. If proven, the correct theory/hypothesis becomes a model which would accurately explain the natural phenomena (and conveniently reveals ways to exploit it by the engineering types). And scientists usually concerns with the material, natural, physical world instead of the metaphysical one. 

If people was meant to be this afraid of things they cannot understand we'll still be stuck in the Stone Ages, cowering in the cold and darkness, victim to ravages of diseases, predators and the weather like any other animal. We always should because it's the only way intelligent beings can transcend being ordinary animals, able to live in comfort and pursue whatever goals beyond simply to survive. Without knowledge, and the courage to confront ignorance head on to seek that knowledge, we won't have our civilization today. 

And if knowledge like that exists, even if he or she doesn't decide to study further by his or her own discretion, someone else eventually will, and the genie will out of the bottle either way. And one can take extensive precautions to minimize any possible dangers while maximizing benefits. 
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
"No phenomena, however unusual, should be written off as supernatural or 'Acts of gods' just because a naturalistic, scientific explanation for why and how it occurs is not immediately apparent."

I read you and, somehow, agree with you.
What is science was once considered surnatural. That time is long gone, and it's all the better, at least for that point.

Though, saying everything can and will be explained by science, raw, hard science ... isn't that a bit arrogant?
How can we know it can explain all? Just because it has explained "all" so far? That doesn't mean it will keep on doing so, does it?

No one would deny the feeling of love has some very concrete, measurable manifestations. But reducing it all, with all what it means, to just that?
A mere chemical reaction? What would we gain from that?

Finding a scientific background for emotions - for example - could be done, but that doesn't mean emotions can not should, in any way, reduced to that.

And what about arts? If we manage to discover why this or this other artist draws or paints or write this or that, what will become of arts?
It will all be reduced to a heap of numbers and graphics.
What would we gain from that?


"Be adapted to use for our society? So ponies who once were living and breathing as you are now just to be considered as tools?

Nobody complained about using soul gems in the Elder Scrolls setting. "

That doesn't make it okay, still.
And we're in a MLP setting here. It's bound to be different from Elder Scrolls, isn't it? :-)
Would that be possible in our real world, I wouldn't advocate for it.
Not as long as I don't know how it is done and what becomes of the soul, that is.



"I was thinking along the lines of ponies using that knowledge they learn for benefits that DOESN'T involve exploiting ghosts. "

Oh, that? It was kind of my feeling too, in the beginning.



"If people was meant to be this afraid of things they cannot understand we'll still be stuck in the Stone Ages"

Yes, of course. But, jumping in our world, we're at a point where we're thinking about foetus engineering, clonage, and the likes.
Do we really measure the danger of that (Eugenism, etc.)?
Improving the human race ... even at the price of our humanity, of what makes us humans, and not mere robots?
Just because nowadays, it could be possible, within 20 years, to tamper with the DNA of an unborn child so as to choose the colour of his or her eyes, hair, possible adult height, etc. doesn't mean that we should allow that.
What do we want? Do we want our world to turn into some Orson Wells-written dystopia? Or in some world akin to the one depicted in "Welcome to Gattaca"?
Do we want uniformisation of our species? The advent of a purely engineered master-race, even though the concept of "master race" already led to millions of dead, some 70 years before us?

Minimizing dangers is alright, but what is maximizing benefits?
Some mad science man (or woman. No sexism, after all. ;-3 ) would have a definition of what is beneficial?
Would that be the right definition? The one beneficial for all? Most-likely not.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
A magnificent quote from Mr. Insight!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Indeed! And I even had a theory as to explain ghosts in a scientific manner, within the Equestrian setting. 

By the way, did you know that some of the haunting episodes in real life had been discovered to be caused by infrasound? 
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
What's "infrasound", exactly? (not that I believe in hauntings)
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Gotcha. So, what's your scientific theory to explain Equestrian ghosts?
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Well, it's complicated, and I'm only starting to really put it together, so it got holes in it, but the gist of it is this: 

Magic manifests in the form of exotic particles, let's call it thaum, which has notable properties, such as that it can alter other particles and therefore its environment, and in turn allow being able to be commanded by ponies, as a result of quantum entanglement. 

Ghosts are really the copy of a pony mind (his/her collective neural-impulses) suspended in their bodies stored magic through entanglement, the information of a pony's mind somehow preserved in thaum particles, and its mere presence inducing a state of quantum superposition which keeps the mass of magic together in a coherent structure, so that after the death of the original body (and mind), the magic and copy of the mind is left behind as a 'ghost' which persists in the area for quite some time. 

In essence, the ghosts is a reflection, a shade, of the original pony in life, as explained by particle physics/quantum mechanics.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
I like it! Plausible science, and the gaps and/or fridge logic can be covered by "magic".
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EliteSniper1109 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Ghost... I like ghost. Not the game but I mean this. Poor souls doomed to walk or float the earth for eternity. But she looks like she doesn't care.
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Centaur71 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
How funny! I've got a ghost-pony in a fanfic by the same name (but mine is a little more malicious)
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Where can we read it, please ?
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Following the Tumblr blog! Looks very promising!
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spittfireart Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   Digital Artist
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Who else died?
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Dapple Sprinkles and Dippy Flip.
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's Frollo, Claude?
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Huh ? I don't get it.
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He died falling into the pit. Of fire. And hell. And molten igneous rocks... I think.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Uuh ... sure. (Why the hay is he speaking about the Hunchback of Notre-Dame ? :p :D)
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Because HE DIED.

A looong time ago.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Oh, that.
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
They all died awfully young ?

...or is the author not aware that virtually everyone is working on a 'human-like' age system for the ponies ? I wonder...
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AnthroOptimist Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Lauren Faust said they live long like an average pony... Except Luna and Celestia from what we know. Perhaps the author took that as a reference?
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Not exactly. She wasn't really sure.

I... well.. kinda asked her directly... at the Brony documentary dinner.. (cough)

Granny Smith would be long dead in that case... (she founded Ponyville, clearly more than 30 years ago)
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
About 99% of all stories made about this series take into account a *normal and reasonable* aging system; So, one sharing the same similarities as humans, since 'human ideas and concepts' are used to create the MLP:FiM universe and most of its content.

Having characters that people would relate to... dieing 3 to 4 times faster/earlier than those you are trying to ''reach'' would REALLY not be a good (or ''happy'') idea, so I doubt (do you have a link/source) that what you say is ''officially official''.
At best, what you claim, it might be a thing that she never really had a definite idea about, and just threw the first thing she thought.
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MrFulp Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
12 years old?

sigh...the good die young :(
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cliffmiller Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
They all seem to have died young, or is that your prospect of the life expectancy of ponies?
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Well, road accident can happen. Plus, they have a military force, in Equestria. Maybe alos a police force. Must have something to do with it. Probably.
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Slinkycraft Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Can't tell if she is looking up or down...

Fantastic work, really amazing. I especially love how you did they eyes and mane.
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Slinkycraft Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I've just looked through your art, and you're really talented... may I just inquire as to what your methods are for creating line art?
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spittfireart Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Digital Artist
I ink really fast. Not like, the entire inking process is fast, but I mean I use really fast strokes when I ink, as apposed to the alternative stabilizer, which slows down your strokes and steadies them. And as for tools I use the ink pen on paint tool SAI.
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Davey-the-6th-moon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Writer
She is just darling!
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
that is too cute.
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Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Cute ghost pony.
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temporos Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awwa. :( She lived to be only twelve?
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icanhasdino Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are the best artist and your OCs are always so charming!
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SpectralPony Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O-O Yay! More ghost ponies!
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Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahaha, ghost! Charming, really. :)
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Freefox Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Wow, this char looks deadly charming
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JaySG2010 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I have a sad now. She doesn't look like death as dampened her spirits though. It'l be interesting to see how she deals with her new afterlife.
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AffinityShy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Filmographer
A ghost pony? Cool OC design! Even as a ghost, she's still cute!
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ZeroDevil Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Nicely done indeed. ^^

I kind of like the idea of ghost OC's (since they're already dead, and you can't die twice).
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Botchan-MLP Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I was going to call it cute. Then I noticed the short lifespans written on the tombstones and now it's sort of sad...
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Sire-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh, Spooky.
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Kujiiro Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
That is one adorable ghost pony.
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Geekygami Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm, funny how I was reading a fanfic with a ghost as the main character a few hours prior to seeing this on Equestriadaily.
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