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Why can't you prove a negative?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karim R. Jun 5, 2013. 17 Replies

Perhaps I'm dense or I just haven't read the right book yet.But I've heard frequently in the discussions of God's exitence or lack thereof the statement (and I paraphrase) "You can't prove God…Continue

Tags: negative, God, nonexistence, existence, proof

Dream

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luara May 14, 2013. 5 Replies

I know, dreams are the stuff of psychotherapy and, as such, are personifications ego states each of which are fleeting and not to be trusted. My dreams are of myself and myself alone.  So why should…Continue

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Glossolalia

Started May 4, 2013 0 Replies

Medical Definition of GLOSSOLALIA: profuse and often emotionally charged speech that mimics coherent speech but is usually unintelligible to the listener and that is uttered in some states of…Continue

Introducts-ion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Madhukar Kulkarni Apr 18, 2013. 9 Replies

Exorcism In Modern TimesPosted by Philip Jarrett on October 20, 2012 at 5:19pm…Continue

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Mink Laubenthal liked Philip Jarrett's group Exorcism Survivors
Jan 12
Liz E replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Possession and Exorcism in the group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)
"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anneliese_Michel But I am sure you are familiar with this case and many others."
Nov 18, 2013
Luara replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"Actually the saola is considered one of the most spectacular zoological finds of the 20th century (see the link I gave).  And yes it is magical, in the sense that I explained:  it violates this common belief that many people have, that our…"
Jun 5, 2013
Luara replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"Some astronaut really ought to kick a teapot out into orbit sometime.  Just so. "
Jun 3, 2013
Luara replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"The saola or Asian unicorn actually is a rather magical creature.  It weighs about 200 pounds, it looks rather extraordinary and it was only discovered (by scientists) in the 90's.  Magic uses people's assumptions to astonish…"
Jun 3, 2013
John Harrison replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"I actually used a very similar sentence in one of my lectures. It was a lively debate but at the end of the class, most of us reached a satisfactory conclusion. I shall summarize: "You can't prove god doesn't exist because you…"
Jun 3, 2013
Luara replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"complete absence of unicorns There is indeed a unicorn.  It's the Asian unicorn, or saola.  It's very rare so it was only discovered in the 90's. "
May 30, 2013
Gila Guerilla replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"By a negative, it means the complete absence of a particular "thing" from the universe, typically "God", or the flying spaghetti monster or unicorns, ie. it's non-existence. This is only true if the "thing" has no…"
May 30, 2013
leveni replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"Found this to be a good explanation of them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMxTU13rY5o"
May 29, 2013
Luara replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"I wonder if there is a Goldilocks zone in the Sun's gravitational field for Tea pots. Perhaps teapots collect at stable Lagrangian points.  "
May 28, 2013
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"It's a good article in general, but does not adequately explain where the notion came from—namely, from the idea that you can't prove an existential negative, which although not true in general is true in some particular cases."
May 28, 2013
John Gahagan replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"Skeptic had an article on just this topic.http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/07-12-05/"
May 28, 2013
leveni replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"Can't agree with this.  The sentence is grammatically correct. But that doesn't mean it has any meaning. The reason is that the word 'God' has no definition. God is a meaningless word. So before we even get started…"
May 28, 2013
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"That's because it's not true, it's an oversimplification of an occasionally valid claim. There are tons of negative statements proved in mathematics, for example, there is no rational number whose square is 2 or the number pi is not…"
May 27, 2013
Matt Skaggs replied to Philip Jarrett's discussion Why can't you prove a negative?
"The claim that one cannot universally and unequivocally prove that God doesn't exist is valid, because yes, proving a negative is impossible. Bertrand Russell proposed the unfalsifiable idea of a teapot orbiting the sun somewhere between earth…"
May 27, 2013
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Why can't you prove a negative?

Perhaps I'm dense or I just haven't read the right book yet.But I've heard frequently in the discussions of God's exitence or lack thereof the statement (and I paraphrase) "You can't prove God doesn't exist because you can't prove a negative."And that seems to be a conversation stopper.But I've never heard any proof for the statement that you can't prove a negative. See More
May 27, 2013

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Fred

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 3:46am 4 Comments

Fred died tonight.

We rescued him from a family that was calling him Bocephus...Hank Williams Jr...of course, we took one look at him and said there is no way this bassett hound....this big lumbering short legged hound dog with ears that hadn't gotten the memo yet and were still long enough to stir the dust and waft the scent up to that CSI Superfly Noze of his.  You see, bassetts are according to legend bred from full sized blue tic hound with a Dachsund or some dog with short legs.…

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Fred

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 3:46am 0 Comments

Fred died tonight.

We rescued him from a family that was calling him Bocephus...Hank Williams Jr...of course, we took one look at him and said there is no way this bassett hound....this big lumbering short legged hound dog with ears that hadn't gotten the memo yet and were still long enough to stir the dust and waft the scent up to that CSI Superfly Noze of his.  You see, bassetts are according to legend bred from full sized blue tic hound with a Dachsund or some dog with short legs.…

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Exorcism Survivors

Posted on April 28, 2013 at 12:05am 5 Comments

I finished watching the extended director's cut of Blatty's The Exorcist.  

Rather than continue searching, I have started a group called Exorcism Survivors.  I hope others who have suffered the rite of exorcism and/or deliverance at the hands of Christians...or, worse yet, have participated in the rite of exorcism as the exorcist...can come together and share experiences.  I don't know what the approval process for a group on Atheist Nexus entails.…

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Exhaustion

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 8:27pm 0 Comments

I am so tired, so exhausted, by the discussions of atheism vs religion.  Am I supposed to continue from this point in my life to the end of my existence arguing against the obvious?  

God does not exist.  When I was a child, growing up and first realizing that there was a larger world outside my small town, outside my religious fellowship, that did not accept, that frankly was too sophisticated to acknowledge the existence of God...that it was this world I wanted to be a part of, that…

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At 12:47pm on July 1, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Philip! Glad you could join us. :D I see you've only joined one group so far.

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like Are You Experienced?, Atheist Writers and ARS POETICA. After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 6:30pm on June 28, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hello Philip

Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you know as an atheist and freethinker like me.

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and 3500 members.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

Terry

At 5:21pm on June 20, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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