"That was what I thought when I was very young, that there were ghosts in the corporate cores"
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This is a reference to Descartes' concept of mind-body dualism: the mind is the ghost in the machine.

The phrase was coined in 1949 by Gilbert Ryle, and used by Arthur Koestler as the title of a 1967 book.