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Hugh Taft-Morales

Leader, Philadelphia Ethical Society

From ancient Egypt to modern Halloween, humans have told stories about spirits that haunt our houses and fill our imaginations. Some, like Casper, are friendly and fun. Others threaten and terrorize. Why are ghosts so ubiquitous in culture? What purpose do they serve in our society and in our psyches? How should humanists deal with the idea of specters? As children once again prepare to trick or treat, Hugh Taft-Morales explores the history and culture surrounding these scary superstitions.

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