Ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties – where do they come from? #halloween2021 #ghost

What will you see Halloween night, either when you’re out Trick-or-Treating or just walking the dog?

We’ve all seen this explanation:

“If you’re walking in the woods and you see movement, you can make two errors,” says Michiel van Elk, a professor of social psychology at Leiden University. “You can either think it’s nothing, and it could be a potential predator, or you can think there’s a predator, and there’s nothing.” Psychologists suspect humans evolved a cognitive bias toward the latter mistake for good reason: Our ancestors had to keep a constant lookout for stealthy hazards like leopards and snakes, and folks with a “better safe than sorry” attitude were more likely to survive and reproduce. That’s why a snapping twig can activate the fight-or-flight reflexes that make us scream. Popular Science

The article offers more explanations for seeing spirits:

Zhong Kui, the vanquisher of ghosts and evil beings, painted sometime before 1304 A.D. by Gong Kai
  • We want to believe, to be part of the great ghost-hunting tribe.
  • Ghosts aren’t all bad, so why not? “In a 1995 survey in The Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 91% of participants said their encounter had at least one upside, such as a sense of connection to others.”
  • Our brain is having problems from seizures or schizophrenia to drugs (recreational and otherwise.)
  • Infrasound! That’s as weird as any ghost. Sounds that are “inaudible to human ears, whose range bottoms out at 20 Hz, the interval creates some fairly insidious side effects.”
  • Geological phenomena where someone knows the explanation, but it’s not me and you. Here’s a fun name for the effect: “the devil’s magic.”

No one’s ever proved ghosts exist, at least not scientifically, and – no – listening to faint garbled radio signals on a device with no proper antenna or frequency tuning is not proof. Neither are those green-lighted night-vision offerings on cable.

Still looking over your shoulder? Here’s a solution from my past, tried and true:

When I was a kid, the door to our home’s attic was in my bedroom. Eek! Every night as darkness fell and the house cooled, creaks and groans floated down to me. I outwitted the monsters by lining all my stuffed animals up facing the door. I know the scary thrill and the sweet relief.

Thanks to Popular Science for their article at https://www.popsci.com/story/science/ghosts-real-science/

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