A story perhaps to help Mel and Tyler understand
Two people encounter a big jar of multicolored skittles. One says to the other…
Mel: I think that there are more Green Skittles in the jar than any other color.
JZ: Why would you believe that? What evidence do you have to support that claim?
Mel: I just think it’s intuitive that if there is one color of Skittles that is more numerous in the jar, that it would just have to be the Green ones.
JZ: Well Mel, I’m not sure that we can determine that by just intuition or looking from the outside of the jar without investigation and actual evidence. I just don’t believe that.
Mel: So what you’re really saying is that you believe there are NOT more Greens, but instead there are more Reds.
If you can’t prove there are not MORE Greens and instead there are more Reds, then there must be more Greens than any other color.
Mel is attempting to shift the burden of proof to distract JZ from seeing that Mel is unwilling or unable to fulfill his burden of proof. Mel is attempting to change JZ’s Unbelief in Mel’s claim into a Positive Claim for the opposite.
Mel probably understands that what he is doing is dishonest. He’s a reasonably intelligent and rational guy, but he’s on a Mission to Defend the Indefensible, and this is the only way he can do so.
“If you can’t Dazzle them with Details, Baffle them with…” – My Mom
How would you respond? Leave your answer Inn the comments below. Thx. -kia