3 Scientific Reasons People Think They See Ghosts

Whether it’s ghosts or the afterlife or god, most humans tend to lean towards thinking something funky and unknowable is out there, even if they can’t pinpoint what it is or prove that it exists.

With ghosts, this seems to be especially true. In some states, real estate listings must disclose if people have died at the property, you know, in case ghosts, and even the most fervent atheists will admit, “yeah there’s something weird opening doors in my house, it’s definitely a ghost.”

On this week’s episode, Alex Schmidt is joined by Dana Gould, creator of IFC’s Stan Against Evil for a wide-ranging conversation about why humanity is obsessed with the supernatural and some of the scientific reasons our bodies trick us into believing that ghosts are real.

Footnotes:

Dana Gould – Mr. Funny Man

The Dana Gould Hour

Stan Against Evil (IFC)

The Creepy Scientific Explanation Behind Ghost Sightings (Cracked)

Open Cases: Why One-Third of Murders In America Go Unresolved (NPR)

See Where California Murderers Most Often Get Away With Their Crimes (Sacramento Bee)

5 Things I Learned as a Ghost Hunter TV Won’t Show You (Cracked)

6 Bizarre Ways Architecture Is Designed to Ward Off Ghosts (Cracked)

Hollywood Haunted: A Ghostly Tour of Filmland

8 Hollywood Haunts That Are Seriously Haunted (Britannica)

Some Ghosts May Be Sound Waves Just Below Human Hearing (Gizmodo)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Carrie Poppy: A Scientific Approach to the Paranormal (TED)

The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal and Hysteria in 1692 Salem

In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

What Happened When I Confronted My Cruelest Troll (The Guardian)

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