Folk Logic: YOU CAN’T PROVE A NEGATIVE because you can PROVE A NEGATIVE

[Antireligionist] My blogs that address Religion: Archaeology, Anthropology, Philosophy and History “The A Priori Argument Fallacy (also, Rationalization; Dogmatism, Proof Texting.): A corrupt argument from logos, starting with a given, pre-set belief, dogma, doctrine, scripture verse, “fact” or conclusion and then searching for any reasonable or reasonable-sounding argument to rationalize, defend or justify it. Certain ideologues and religious fundamentalists are proud to use this fallacy as their primary method of “reasoning” and some are even honest enough to say so.”  http://utminers.utep.edu/omwilliamson/engl1311/fallacies.htm Religion vs. Science, Don’t Confuse Beliefs  THINKING TOOLS: YOU CAN PROVE A NEGATIVE By Steven D. Hales It is widely believed that you can’t prove a negative. Some people even think that it is a law of logic—you can’t prove that Santa Claus, unicorns, the Loch Ness Monster, God, pink elephants, WMD in Iraq and Bigfoot don’t exist. This widespread belief is flatly, 100% wrong. In this little essay, I show precisely how one can prove a negative, to the same extent that one can prove anything at all. Ref Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces tips and pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously. A principle of folk logic is that one can’t prove a negative. Dr. Nelson L. Price, a Georgia minister, writes on his website that ‘one of the laws of logic is that you can’t prove a negative.’ Julian Noble, a physicist at the University of Virginia, agrees, writing in his ‘Electric Blanket of Doom’ talk that ‘we can’t prove a negative proposition.’ University of California at Berkeley Professor of Epidemiology Patricia Buffler asserts that ‘The reality is that we can never prove the negative, we can never prove the lack of effect,...

Yes, Karma is the Same Old Nonsense

Yes, Karma is the same old nonsense… kar·ma: Sanskrit meaning fate, work Just-World phenomenon is like Karma From the definition of karma, the ‘amounts’ of goodwill/actions and badwill/actions which are reportedly stored in some way to somewhere to be carried over to a next life or are carried on to a next life. Consider what would need to exist in order for the good/badwill/actions to actually work, now how is this not some unjustified blind faith without any valid and/or reliable reason and evidence? “YOUR KARMA IS YOUR OWN DOING (like sin)” “Every person is responsible for his or her acts and thoughts, so each person’s karma is entirely his or her own. Occidentals see the operation of karma as fatalistic. But that is far from true since it is in the hands of an individual to shape his own future by schooling his present. Hindu philosophy, which believes in life after death, holds the doctrine that if the karma of an individual is good enough, the next birth will be rewarding, and if not, the person may actually devolve and degenerate into a lower life form. In order to achieve good karma, it is important to live life according to dharma or what is right. THREE KINDS OF KARMA: According to the ways of life chosen by a person, his karma can be classified into three kinds. The satvik karma, which is without attachment, selfless and for the benefit of others; the rajasik karma, which is selfish where the focus is on gains for oneself; and the tamasik karma, which is undertaken without heed to consequences, and is supremely selfish and savage. In this context, Dr. D N Singh in...

New Testament: bigotry, cruelty, sexism, slavery, racism, etc.

New Testament: bigotry “But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.” – 1 John 2:11 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even their own life–such a person cannot be my disciple (jesus talking).” – Luke 14:26 “Identifying logical weaknesses in an argument can serve as an effective way of analyzing its ideas.” Master List of Logical Fallacies Is the Christian God Evil? Evidence from Scripture and Nature By Vexen Crabtree The Old Testament God is Evil God Creates Evil Regardless of Human Free Will Satan and God are Interchangeable Fear God Adam and Eve and Original Sin: The Immoral Schemes of God Violence and Murder Endorsed in the Old Testament The New Testament Tells us that the Old Testament God is Evil The New Testament God is Also Evil: More Genocides and Divine Incitements of Murder God Destroys Families Rebellious and Stubborn Sons Jesus and the New Testament Jesus and the Crucifixion – A Trick No Free Will in the New Testament Sowing Seeds of Confusion – Not the Antics of a Good God The Problem of Evil Links   No Free Will in the New Testament “The Bible teaches that there is no free will. Examining Exodus, Ecclesiastes 7, Ephesians 1, Ephesians 2, Matthew 5:45, Acts 13, Romans 8, Roman 9, 2 Timothy, 2 Thessalonians, Titus 3:4-5and Revelations, we see that God’s plan overrides our free will; those that do good do the specific good that God predestined them to do, and all others are ruled by Satan because God...