I wasn't exactly sure where I should post this but I need some advice!
Most of my family has some kind of belief in ghosts, spirits, residual energy, aliens, and so on. What are some arguments against those sorts of things?
Example: a bunch of plates moving off of the stove or counter, hovering in midair, then crashing to the floor. The storyteller makes a point to say the plates look as if they'd been thrown to the floor by "something".
I don't believe in any of this nonsense but I don't have ANY logical, explainable arguments against it, besides the point that it can't be a ghost or spirit because they don't exist. But why don't they exist? How can I drive a point home, or at least have some kind of grounds to stand on when I argue with them?
I'm very comfortable debating theism, but I have no clue how to explain how something, anything, can happen if no one is in the room, or touching the object, or whatever the situation is.
Any and all advice desperately needed! Please correct any of my misunderstandings so I can more effectively oppose, and hopefully debunk, these superstitious ideas.