The mind also tends to impute consciousness to inanimate objects (ever yell at a balky computer?). This leads us to believe that natural phenomena are "purposeful, caused by agents with sentient minds," says Hood, whose book "The Supernatural Sense" is due next year. It's only a short step to thinking that " 'things that go bump in the night' are the result of some spirit or agent," not branches brushing against your drainpipe.
The Ghosts We Think We See
Normal brain functions, such as seeing patterns, make us more likely to believe in the supernatural.
By Sharon Begley
Updated: 3:17 PM ET Oct 27, 2007