What science says about the origins of ghosts

Mar 20, 2019, 8:04 AM EDT
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Many of us have our “ghost stories” — the eerie experiences where we find ourselves divorced from the rational, gripped in fear of the invisible and petrified of what we can only describe as paranormal beings.

What is the force that makes us believe we are in proximity of a ghost? Could there be a scientific explanation for the supernatural experiences? Well, rationalists point out six explicit factors that could strengthen our false sense of spirits, notes Scientific American.

At times, the uneasiness can be linked to the presence of low frequency sounds. Damp, dilapidated houses with flourishing colonies of toxic molds are also perfect sites for ghostly experiences, as exposure to mold could trigger irrational fears and other neurological symptoms, reports Mental Floss. Other reasons for the delusion of specters may include electromagnetic fields, carbon monoxide poisoning, and our own inclination to believe the fear.