the cognitive neuroscience of ghosts

You may have laughed at my cognitive neuropsychology of zombies. At least I hope you did because that was the main intention of it. But it seems that ghosts and hauntings are taken more seriously by psychologists.

But I have just been updating my google calendar of Cognitive Science Talks in London and I found this interesting event:

Tuesday, 20 Feb 2007, 16:10

Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit
Invited Seminar

Goldsmiths
University of London

Dr Jason Braithwaite
Department of Psychology, University of Birmingham
Are we the Haunters of Houses? Towards a Cognitive Neuroscience of Haunt-Type Experiences

See you there!

About caspar

Caspar is just one monkey among billions. Battering his keyboard without expectations even of peanuts, let alone of aping the Immortal Bard. By day he is an infantologist at Birkbeck Babylab, by night he runs BabyLaughter.net
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1 Response to the cognitive neuroscience of ghosts

  1. charlie says:

    hey! I know where there’s a ghost. At a place on a certain country road in Oz, one sees a hitchhiker, in blue jeans and a long sleeved shirt, typical sort of guy, 5.10, average build…but as you drive closer he suddenly dissolves….into a cluster of 3 home-made mail boxes…our brain’s context engine does a great job of the drudgery of putting together the pieces of a visual scene (or auditory or multimedia) before serving up the made-sense-of result to our conscious mind…but occasionally it makes a leetle mistake based on context….(which, by the way, goes to show that experience is a poor teacher when you’re trying to understand a new subject…luckily we have not only a context engine on board, but a logical consistency engine to check it as well – the inner truth-teller if you like. That’s the little voice that tells us that there can’t have been a hitchhiker there, as he morphed into 3 mail boxes moments later…if it weren’t for that pesky inner voice, I’d have had many pyschic experiences myself, standing in ancient battlefields and upon ruins etc…luckily, it’s far more exciting finding out why things are so, rather than just swallowing an idea of things that might be so and ignoring the truth-teller. The first is a realization of personal power, the second a substitute for it. (Speaking of which I’m so busy, learning and applying new things, that i must only attend events where I’ll cover the most new ground cos life is so short! I know several people who could attain greater sentience via such a lecture for example, but i have no spare time to “help” them out (er, I call it help, you know)…we’re still new at this sentience thing (the overdrive of all that coagulating cognition) and sometimes we trip up….a leetle humanist goal is to become as sentient (as aware, and therefore as wise, kind, effective and knowledgeable) as possible…..if one passes too many of one’s friends along the way to enlightenment one might, sob, become lonely. But it’s okay…one can still talk on a level playing field with parrots: http://tinyurl.com/2x3h2

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