I think I mentioned this in passing a while back, but I don’t just debate religion, I debate all kinds of ridiculous, irrational claims. The world is full of people who believe in really asinine things for really bad reasons and so long as they get an emotional high out of it, whether their belief is actually true or not is entirely irrelevant. The same types of views are used for gods as are used for aliens, Bigfoot and ghosts.
Oh yes, ghosts. That’s where I’ve spent an unfortunately great amount of time lately, trying to show the ghost believers that their beliefs are irrational and unsupported, yet, exactly like with the theists, they don’t care about the truth, so long as their beliefs make them feel good.
And the problem is, these people, who I’d say are at least moderately intelligent most of the time, completely fall into the abyss of stupidity when it comes to their irrational beliefs. They do the same thing that we see among the creationists. One guy, seriously, just said that there is a difference between matter and energy. Um dude, E=MC^2. This is really, really stupid stuff, grade school science and they either don’t get it or don’t care. They want to be right, even if they’re wrong and nothing anyone says is going to change their mind. Eventually, rational people just have to throw up their hands and walk away because they can’t get through the thick skulls of the passionate believers. And no, agreeing to disagree is not a valid position to take, as I’ve said in the past. But then, believing something just because it makes you happy isn’t a valid position to take either and pretty much all theists and conspiracy theorists and pseudo-science believers take their position on blind faith. They want it to be true, they really don’t care if it actually is.
The time to believe something is so is when there is actual, objective, demonstrable evidence for the thing and not a moment before. Believing that your house is being haunted by a beloved grandparent because you just don’t want to accept that they’re dead and gone is idiotic. Emotional comfort is never a good reason to believe something is so. Neither are any arguments that start and end with logical fallacies. Oh no, so many people can’t possibly be wrong! Sure they can. Even personal experience isn’t a guarantee, in fact, I’ve yet to see a single person who claims they had an encounter with a ghost not fail miserably when it comes to evaluating the supposed experience rationally. The fact remains that there’s no good, logical, evidence-based reason to think these things exist, therefore intelligent people shouldn’t believe it. You know, just like religion.
It really is sad to see how many people are gullible and irrational, even if they keep proclaiming their own critical thinking skills, talking to them for a moment or two shows otherwise. It’s not just religion, it’s every woo belief under the sun and they all share a lot of the same characteristics. People need to stop being proud to be stupid and irrational. People need to stop being gullible. People need to start thinking with their brains, not reacting with their emotions. This is why the world is so screwed up today. There’s no reason to think there are ghosts, just like there’s no reason to think there are gods. If anyone comes up with any hard evidence for ghosts or gods, present it. Let it be evaluated. Put up or shut up.
Of course they won’t and they can’t and I think they know it. They just enjoy being stupid.