[LMB] OT: Afterlife

Damien Sullivan phoenix at mindstalk.net
Sun Nov 1 23:53:46 GMT 2020


On Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 12:36:10PM -0600, Zan Lynx wrote:

> > A scientific mindset does not require agnosticism, or bet-hedging, on
> > subjects such as the existence of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or the
> > Easter Bunny.
> 
> The only thing you can say about each of those is that they haven't been
> observed. I don't agree that you can positively say they do NOT EXIST. There
> is no possible negative evidence.

So if someone asks you out of the blue if you believe in the Easter
Bunny, you would say "well, it hasn't been observed"?

I doubt.

> In my opinion too many people treat "there's no evidence for that" as equal
> to "that does not exist."

Science also talks about probabilities.  "I see a vanishingly low
probability of X existing" is perfectly reasonable.




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