Posted: Nov 27, 2019 7:53 pm
by Spearthrower
ORZIL wrote:
I only have anecdotal evidence.

So the actual answer to the question about empirical evidence is "no" - you don't have any empirical evidence.

And that answers your other question as to why skeptics don't lend belief to claims about ghosts. No good reason to believe has been offered by those claiming that ghosts exist.

The other issue, aside from the lack of empirical evidence, is the logical problems with the concept of ghosts. I already referred to this before - every interaction in the universe has a fundamental thermodynamic property; ghosts would be contradictory to this and would mean that every observation we've ever made is incomplete. The comparative weight of evidence is massively - stupendously - overwhelmingly in favour of a description of the universe which does not and cannot include ghosts.

Consequently, the burden of proof for someone claiming the existence of ghosts is correspondingly very high. There'd need to be very, very good reasons offered to accept the claim.

Unless I am mistaken, you don't have very good reasons to accept the claim. As far as I am aware, you don't really have any reasons at all for other people to accept your claim. So I would say that you should not expect people to accept the claim - no one can stop you believing in anything you like, for any reason you like, but expecting other people to accept that belief is unreasonable.