Originally posted by mytym
1. How does one distinguish a negative from a positive?
IN MOST CASES:
A negative contains a negative word (don't, not, etc) and indicates the absence
Aliens DON'T exist.
She did NOT graduate
A positive does not contain those words and indicates the presence
Aliens exist. (proof required: pictures, ship, etc)
She graduated (proof required: graduation certificate)
2. A statement like, "We will never be visited by aliens", can never be proven to true, agreed, so it is incorrect to say such a thing. Why is
there a double standard that requires proof that aliens have visited us, but no requirement to prove that they won't?
This example not only cantains a negative, it attempts to predict the future. To make it fit this model, you must remove that factor.
"We have never been visited by aliens." That ALSO cannot be proven. It's a negative. How can one prove that they haven't been here?
"We have been visited by aliens" on the other hand, CAN be proven. If it's true. We can prove this with pictures or or other proof.
3. If a believer has experienced something "paranormal", then to that person it is proof, thus the non-believer should have to disprove the
believers comments, not require more proof.
If you wish other people to believe it, then you must show
proof. Not just have proof in your head. No one is obligated to believe what you
I suppose my point is, that we should not assume that these things aren't real, (including pink elephants), until they are proven as such.
That can work as a personal belief, but in scientific terms or logical thought or critical thinking, it doesn't work.
There is no place for absolute comments that are not based on fact.
Like "aliens exist"?
Just so you know, I believe they DO exist even though I've never seen proof. I believe in possibilities and probabilities. But there's a big
difference in believing something and proving that it's true.
Proof requires evidence. That's all there is to it. Nobody is required to prove that something doesn't exist just because you say it does. You can
believe, but until you can prove it, all you have is your opinion.
[edit on 16-2-2006 by Benevolent Heretic]