Fearlessly Proving the Negative
- --- rlbaty wrote:
> Let him first prove he is not Dr. William Maury Morris, II;It seems this list has lost another member today. Down to
> that's my suggestion.
> The poster seems to want to deny my claim, implying that it
> may be true that Bert doesn't have anything to do with that
> Well, let him try to prove Bert didn't have anything to do
> with that letter.
six. Where do they go? Can it be the multitudes are losing
their fascination for these topics? The public can be fickle
You made the asservation: 'It is false that Bert doesn't
have anything to do with that letter!' I requested some
substantiation of the charge. Apparently there is no
evidence. So I conclude it is only a vagary emanating from
your wish that Thompson was concerned enough about your
letter to the editor of CRSQ to become involved prior to
your certification of it as your words.
Does not the burden of proof rest on the claimant? What is
your proposed resolution to your claim? Why should anyone
accept your ipse dixit as believable?
You issue the challenge 'to prove Bert didn't have anything
to do with that letter.' You do not accept that Thompson is
an honest man. So of course you would not accept his denial.
What proof is left?
Since ipse dixit is the standard, here is the proof:
I say that Bert did not have anything to do with that letter.
According to your implied rules of evidence, saying a thing
is true makes it so. Your turn.
You suggest I prove I am not the honorable Dr. William. What
proof of my identity would you find acceptable? If I were to
say I am an 11-year-old boy in Miss Mary's 6th grade class,
would that suffice?
As you are aware, the successful genius Matthew Maury is not
the only notable nautical figure. I make no claim of
identity other than the declaration made by another famous
sailor man: 'I yam what I yam'.
What difference would claiming any other identity make to my
reception in this forum? I desire neither political power,
personal wealth nor scholastic credentials to bedim or
illume my writing. I prefer my writing to be weighed on its
I do not ferret out glory or vast audience. The entire
membership of this list could fit into one restroom stall.
(You could have the seat of honor.) While I could post to
these threads on the creationism list, I find this little