We all want to believe in ghosts

Nothing makes us more alive than feeling scared to death

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Almost everyone has a ghost story

It’s a great icebreaker. If you’re stuck at a retreat or mixer, ask people if they’ve ever seen a ghost. You might wind up having a good time. Even if they don’t believe in the afterlife, you can debate them.

To believe, or not to believe?

Officially, less than half of Americans believe in ghosts. Biologists aside, most people I’ve met fall in the middle. They don’t deny the possibility, even if they haven’t seen one firsthand. We almost don’t need proof. It’s like our brains come equipped with belief.

Adventures with ghost hunting

After moving out of my haunted apartment, I did amateur ghost hunting — very amateur. Visited a handful of haunted spots in different states, hoping for a good campfire story.

Ghosts and groupthink

My most ambitious trip took me to Waverly Hills Sanatorium, one of the most haunted places in the world. Night tour, high hopes. Instead, the guides spent the first thirty minutes showing our group a video. Then we walked around for an hour, listening to stories of ghost sightings.

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