I don't know how we got into discussing god--that wasn't really part of what I was saying.
Because belief in god is the prime example of blind faith. A lot of people actually alter their lives based on religious teachings.
A belief in ghosts might be based on faith alone, or it might be based on careful study of the research and a decision that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that something is going on. What constitutes "sufficient evidence" is going to vary quite widely from person to person, based on their sense of what is "more likely" (see below). However, that's not the same thing as saying it's based purely on faith.
There is no current evidence for ghosts that any scientific test would accept. Evidence can't be an arbitrary requirement which changes from individual to individual, or from ghostly anecdote to ghostly anecdote, it has to be the result of a series of indenpendantly verified tests carried out under controlled conditions which preclude any chance of cheating or chance events.
I believe science works and is correct, because I see and use the results of scientific experiments every day. It's methods are tried and tested.
That's still not the same as factual proof. You have faith in the sources you are getting that information from.
You're confusing faith, trust and belief. Yes I trust in the BBC and members of my family not to knowingly lie to be about such matters, becasue I have no reason to believe they'd lie, can't thnk of anything they'd have to gain from lying about it, and have no examples of them lying abiout such matters in the past.
I'm drawing the conclusion that I should believe them, not based on blind faith, but based on my knowlegde and experience.
There are plenty of other examples where we have fewer facts to deal with. I believe that the US did land on the moon, but I admit that it would be possible for them to have hoaxed it without me being able to tell the difference. So my belief is based on faith, not hard evidence. I currently suspect that global warming is a real trend, but I know that there are also studies that say it isn't, so I'm choosing to trust certain studies over others.
These are examples of matters which may or may not be true. I haven't made up my mind either way on them, because I don't have sufficent reason to do so. The moon landing could have been faked. Global warming may or may not be casued by human activity.
We all do this every day, choosing to trust some facts and not to trust other ones. We simply don't have the time or resources to check and double-check every piece of information before trusting that it is true.
It's not black and white like that. You don't have
to either beleive something or not believe it. You can choose to be undecided on most matters, or you can choose to accept it or reject it for now with reservations, hoping to get furthur evidence in the future.