Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Very Interesting But Old News for Halloween

Why believing in ghosts is more "normal" than we realize.

I have a problem with the interpretations of some of the data. For instance, thinking it's creepy to wear a sweater worn by a serial killer doesn't mean we necessarily think the sweater's "infected." Yelling at computers doesn't necessarily mean that we think they're "conscious." Anthropomorphism as an abstract tool for speaking or thinking about complex topics is very common. In most cases, these anthropomorphisms aren't taken literally by the "speaker" and not expected to be taken literally by the "listener."

I'd put this down to bad science journalism if it weren't for the published science papers and articles (by scientists) I've read. This is a much bigger topic than I have time for, but I'd like to take a look at it later on.

Until then, Happy Halloween or Happy All Hallow's Eve or Happy Samhain to you and yours. If none of these fit you, Happy Wednesday.


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