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laconicsax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-21-11 05:49 PM
Response to Reply #161
163. Sorry, but you're mistaken.
Contradicting a claim isn't a claim in itself, but an evaluation of the claim it counters.

If I claim that raindrops are the tears of aborted fetuses, it isn't on you to prove me wrong but on me to prove that I'm right. Likewise, if you say "raindrops aren't the tears of aborted fetuses," it wouldn't be on you to prove it, as proving a negative is impossible--you can't produce positive evidence for something that doesn't exist.

The central claim here is that "the Exodus narrative is true" (or "Moses existed").There is absolutely no evidence to support either claim, and the contradiction can be made, "the Exodus narrative is true" is a false statement and "Moses existed" is a false statement. Again, that contradiction is not a claim in itself, but an evaluation of "the Exodus narrative is true" or "Moses existed."

Your error is in using religious logic, which is based on the fallacy "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." Need I remind you that you offered that exact fallacy as your argument in post 145. Now after being shown that the quote you used was a description of a fallacy, you insist that everyone else is wrong, rather than conceding that it didn't mean what you thought. "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" was Sagan's description of a logical fallacy, not a logical argument.

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