Chapter 3: Philosophy of Religion
The Quest after Ghosts
Ghosts are all around us: if we but have the eyes to see.
Is this so? Is it true? What accounts for the current popularity of belief in ghosts and searching for them?
Can we trust reports of those who hunt for ghosts? Ghost Busters?? Ghost hunting television series
Can we trust these shows to present accurate information and careful study?
GHOST HUNTER HOAXES
2. Alternative Naturalistic Explanations of reports of encounters with ghosts:
Possible Psychological Phenomena in Experiences of Ghosts:
READINGS: offered through links to internet sites and some below
1. Matthew J Sharps, Eyewitness to the paranormal: The Experimental Psychology of the ‘Unexplained” Skeptical Inquirer 36(4):39-43
How accurate are observations of human beings? How accurate when they are influenced by their motivations or surroundings?
How accurate are our memories?
How and why do people believe in what has little evidence to support it?
Psychology of Belief,, Part 1: Informational Influence
Psychology of Belief, Part 2: Insufficient Justification
Psychology of Belief, Part 3: Confirmation Bias
Psychology of Belief, Part 4: Misinformation Effect
Psychology of Belief, Part 5: Compliance Techniques
Psychology of Belief, Part 6: Hallucinations
Psychology of Belief, Part 7: Projection
Psychology of Belief, Part 8: Need for Closure
Psychology of Belief, Part 9: Agenticity
Psychology of Belief, Part 10: Summary and Conclusions
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