Burden of Proof

Reblogging this wonderful explanation for wally of ‘the burden of proof ‘ and why it’s intellectually and logically dishonest for people to ask you to prove that their god doesn’t exist. Enjoy. -kia

NEVER THOUGHT TO QUESTION

When any person makes a claim we have the right to ask for  proof. Proof can come in many forms and what constitutes as acceptable varies from situation to situation. However, the burden of proof is always on the person(s) making the claim. If it were not this way we would open the floodgates to believing anything, no matter how absurd. This, in turn, can have dangerous results.

We could try to disprove a claim if we wanted to. If someone, for example,  were to claim leprechauns exist we might cite lack of evidence or show that show that leprechauns have only ever appeared in works of fiction. However, is not up to us prove their non-existence and we can rightfully dismiss it until the claimant shows us acceptable proof.

Proving a negative

When a person says something like ‘you can’t prove leprechauns don’t exist’, they are asking you to…

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14 thoughts on “Burden of Proof

  1. Sadly too many buy into claims no matter how absurd with a total lack of information or evidence. I think of how many times I have had to talk to a person who only watched Fox news or INfo wars. The weirdest things can get into people’s head and they will believe it and fight to say it is true without a shred of evidence. Be well. Stay safe. Hugs

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      • I find the more I spread around my news time, my viewing and listening the more I can pick out the variations in the stories. Small things like hearing the tone of the news person or the emphasis on word in a sentence on one show that was down played on another. The thing is also the viewer has to want to learn, not just be fed confirmation of their world view. I have been know to rush to the computer or pad to look up things I felt just did not ring true enough to me. Then again it comes down to the wish of the person to know information or feel they were right. Oh and surely you can’t compare Alex Jones to anyone on CNN or the others. He is way over the top and out in the field. Hugs

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        • You are very generous to call it “the news”. “The news” died a long time ago with the retirement/deaths of Walter Cronkite and Huntley/Brinkley. What you see today is opinionated versions of something that has happened. Big difference.

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          • However it is all we have and we have to be able to see the opinionated differences. We have to have news, we have to learn what is happening, and every one wants to spin it. However there are ways to make it understandable. Hugs

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          • I think opinions and propaganda in the news started well before modern times. It’s just the major outlets used to have monopoly. Now we have so much more access than they allowed us before.

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            • Respectfully disagree. They reported the news. They did have opinion segments like news papers have opinion sections, but they were advertised as such. Today, the entire network and cable “news” broadcasts are riddled with subtle remarks and innuendos to slant it toward one party or another. It’s a farce. If you want just the news, tune into your local news broadcasts.

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