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laconicsax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-21-11 12:11 PM
Response to Reply #145
152. Let's have the actual quote:
Appeal to ignorance - the claim that whatever has not been proved false must be true, and vice versa (e.g., There is no compelling evidence that UFOs are not visiting the Earth; therefore UFOs exist - and there is intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe. Or: There may be seventy kazillion other worlds, but not one is known to have the moral advancement of the Earth, so we're still central to the Universe.) This impatience with ambiguity can be criticized in the phrase: absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Or, "there's no irrefutable document proving that the Exodus narrative didn't happen, so it must be true."
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