Sunday, July 03, 2005

A Rant

When will people recognize the claim, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" for what it is: a shoddy cliché, with no rigorously specifiable meaning, based on a confused and unimpressive philosophical analysis of the way evidence actually supports claims, relying for its 'ring of truth' more on rhetorical parallelism than on serious thought about evidential reasoning, used by lazy-minded people as an excuse for not doing the hard rational work of real meta-evidentiary analysis? Will we really have to wait until they start realizing that it's the sort of nonsensical stupidity that can be turned against any position, any time, for any reason?

End of Rant.

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