Sometimes people believe in things that make no sense to others.
Sometimes, the things that people believe in make little sense to others. Scientists have difficulty understanding how certain people could possibly believe that the world could have been created in 7 days. Conversely, many Christians simply don’t understand how so many people in the world are blind to the truth, “how is it possible that all the proof is there, but people just don’t see it?”, is a common question heard from both sides of the spectrum. One of the things that most of the people I have ever talked to about this topic claim to believe in is; the existence of ghosts. All over the internet there is “proof” of ghosts existing, which causes scientists to bang their head up against the wall and again ask the question, “Why do people believe it?” Indeed, why do people believe strange, off the wall things?
According to the Skeptics Dictionary, “a ghost is an alleged disembodied spirit of a dead person. Ghosts are often depicted as inhabiting haunted houses, especially houses where murders have occurred.” One explanation as to why people like to believe in ghosts is; they like to think that there is an afterlife, so when they die it isn’t the end, and they aren’t just a body rotting in the ground. Also, they like to believe that it is possible to see or maybe even interact with loved ones they have lost. Those are both very powerful reasons to believe in ghosts, and therefore it is quite difficult for skeptics to refute those professed beliefs and the arguments that go along with them. When someone “knows” that death isn’t the end, they are going to defend that belief with everything they have, even if their argument doesn’t make much sense.
It is quite difficult for skeptics to refute the existence of ghosts simply because of ghosts’ nature. For instance, ghosts like to do their work during the night, because it is difficult, if not impossible for people to see them during the day because of their physical makeup. Also, ghosts don’t like to work in conditions where people might see them, because they want to retain the mysteriousness that makes them so scary. Now, reading this someone might say, “what?” That makes no sense, if they didn’t want to be seen why would they only work in the nighttime, when they were most likely to be seen? Indeed, that is the skeptic’s question, and another reason why the argument on the side of the believer makes little sense.