Sunday, August 14, 2005

"Ghost buster" Robert Baker dies at 84

WASHINGTON — Robert Baker, a University of Kentucky psychology professor emeritus and a leading "ghost buster" who worked on the premise that "there are no haunted places, only haunted people," died Aug. 8 at his home in Lexington, Ky. He had congestive heart failure. He was 84.

Mr. Baker was foremost a skeptic, believing that one could not assume from the start that unusual phenomena — ghosts, UFO abductions, lake monsters, remembrances of past lives — were real. In books and scholarly articles, he argued that they could be explained as mental states, that abductions by aliens, for example, were hallucinations — or "waking dreams" — that occur in the twilight zone between fully awake and fully asleep.

Much of his work involved being a sympathetic counselor to those who thought they were being toyed with or tortured by unexplainable forces [...]



The Seattle Times

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