6 Scientific Explanations for Ghosts

Just in time for the spooky season, Mental Floss has compiled a list of six logical explanations for that ghostly presence you’re feeling in your house. Here they are:
  1. Electromagnetic fields. Certain patterns of weak magnetic fields over someone’s head for 15 to 30 minutes can create the perception that there’s an invisible presence in the room. 
  2. Infrasound. Low frequency vibrations can cause distinct physiological discomfort.
  3. Mold. Preliminary research indicates that some molds can cause symptoms that sound pretty ghostly--like irrational fear and dementia.
  4. Carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause aural and visual hallucinations. 
  5. Someone else said it was real. If someone else confidently asserts that they saw the ghost, it might influence a fellow eyewitness to believe they saw it, too.
  6. We want to believe. We all want to believe in life after death; the idea of our mortality is one we are not generally comfortable with. 

6 Scientific Explanations for Ghosts | Mental Floss


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