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Can you proive a negative?

skipsaweirdo
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6/22/2016 1:38:52 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/21/2016 6:41:55 PM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
I say yes. The sun is not cold, light is not dark, puppies are not kittens, and so on.
A Brown graduate and PhD. Professor of philosophy.
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ILoveSitarMusic
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6/22/2016 1:54:02 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/22/2016 1:38:52 AM, skipsaweirdo wrote:
At 6/21/2016 6:41:55 PM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
I say yes. The sun is not cold, light is not dark, puppies are not kittens, and so on.
A Brown graduate and PhD. Professor of philosophy.
http://departments.bloomu.edu...
I want to know whath you think. That looks interesting though. Will check it our.
skipsaweirdo
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6/22/2016 2:05:29 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/22/2016 1:54:02 AM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
At 6/22/2016 1:38:52 AM, skipsaweirdo wrote:
At 6/21/2016 6:41:55 PM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
I say yes. The sun is not cold, light is not dark, puppies are not kittens, and so on.
A Brown graduate and PhD. Professor of philosophy.
http://departments.bloomu.edu...
I want to know whath you think. That looks interesting though. Will check it our.
You can prove a negative and that paper is what I agree with.
ILoveSitarMusic
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6/22/2016 2:08:21 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/22/2016 2:05:29 AM, skipsaweirdo wrote:
At 6/22/2016 1:54:02 AM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
At 6/22/2016 1:38:52 AM, skipsaweirdo wrote:
At 6/21/2016 6:41:55 PM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
I say yes. The sun is not cold, light is not dark, puppies are not kittens, and so on.
A Brown graduate and PhD. Professor of philosophy.
http://departments.bloomu.edu...
I want to know whath you think. That looks interesting though. Will check it our.
You can prove a negative and that paper is what I agree with.
You are very smart. I agree. Where did you find this link?
skipsaweirdo
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6/22/2016 2:10:45 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/22/2016 2:08:21 AM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
At 6/22/2016 2:05:29 AM, skipsaweirdo wrote:
At 6/22/2016 1:54:02 AM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
At 6/22/2016 1:38:52 AM, skipsaweirdo wrote:
At 6/21/2016 6:41:55 PM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
I say yes. The sun is not cold, light is not dark, puppies are not kittens, and so on.
A Brown graduate and PhD. Professor of philosophy.
http://departments.bloomu.edu...
I want to know whath you think. That looks interesting though. Will check it our.
You can prove a negative and that paper is what I agree with.
You are very smart. I agree. Where did you find this link?
Google "can you prove a negative"....then look for the edu. links for the best info.
ILoveSitarMusic
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6/22/2016 2:39:55 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/22/2016 2:10:45 AM, skipsaweirdo wrote:
At 6/22/2016 2:08:21 AM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
At 6/22/2016 2:05:29 AM, skipsaweirdo wrote:
At 6/22/2016 1:54:02 AM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
At 6/22/2016 1:38:52 AM, skipsaweirdo wrote:
At 6/21/2016 6:41:55 PM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
I say yes. The sun is not cold, light is not dark, puppies are not kittens, and so on.
A Brown graduate and PhD. Professor of philosophy.
http://departments.bloomu.edu...
I want to know whath you think. That looks interesting though. Will check it our.
You can prove a negative and that paper is what I agree with.
You are very smart. I agree. Where did you find this link?
Google "can you prove a negative"....then look for the edu. links for the best info.

Try that I shall.
Diqiucun_Cunmin
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6/22/2016 7:25:26 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
Assume that you cannot prove a negative.
Then the assertion that you cannot prove a negative cannot be proven...
The thing is, I hate relativism. I hate relativism more than I hate everything else, excepting, maybe, fibreglass powerboats... What it overlooks, to put it briefly and crudely, is the fixed structure of human nature. - Jerry Fodor

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keithprosser
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6/22/2016 9:40:13 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
I'm not sure how 'You can't prove a negative' ever got taken seriously.

The best I can come up with is that 'You can't prove a negative by a finite search', by which I mean you can't prove there are no unicorns (say) by looking for one in the US, then for one in Europe, then in Asia, then on Mars etc... because its always possible there is a unicorn where you haven't yet looked.

So of course its possible to prove a negative - but not by a finite search.
Deb-8-A-Bull
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6/22/2016 9:50:27 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/21/2016 6:41:55 PM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
I say yes. The sun is not cold, light is not dark, puppies are not kittens, and so on.

O no .
I was stuck on this for 2 months or more.

Are you trying to find something true and false at the same time.
Goodluck with that.
In 1 months time you will end up settling with . Statements like . ( I always lie. )
I suggest you Don't put yourself through it.
Bob13
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6/23/2016 12:00:15 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/22/2016 9:50:27 PM, Deb-8-A-Bull wrote:
At 6/21/2016 6:41:55 PM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
I say yes. The sun is not cold, light is not dark, puppies are not kittens, and so on.

O no .
I was stuck on this for 2 months or more.

Are you trying to find something true and false at the same time.
Goodluck with that.
In 1 months time you will end up settling with . Statements like . ( I always lie. )
I suggest you Don't put yourself through it.

"I always lie" is a false statement.
I don't have a signature. :-)
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6/23/2016 8:29:08 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/23/2016 2:36:46 AM, ford_prefect wrote:
No, but you can't prove it because that's a negative.

Yes you can prove a negative.
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6/26/2016 9:39:20 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/21/2016 6:41:55 PM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
I say yes. The sun is not cold, light is not dark, puppies are not kittens, and so on.

The only morons who make the claim that one cannot prove a negative are atheists. More evidence they are irrational.
ILoveSitarMusic
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6/27/2016 12:12:45 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/26/2016 9:39:20 PM, ViceRegent wrote:
At 6/21/2016 6:41:55 PM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
I say yes. The sun is not cold, light is not dark, puppies are not kittens, and so on.

The only morons who make the claim that one cannot prove a negative are atheists. More evidence they are irrational.

Exactly. Can they prove that one cannot prove a negative? No.
missmedic
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6/27/2016 2:04:00 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/21/2016 6:41:55 PM, ILoveSitarMusic wrote:
I say yes. The sun is not cold, light is not dark, puppies are not kittens, and so on.

the scientific method only admits for universal negatives " in science, you can only falsify something completely, not confirm it completely. Something is judged to be true because it stands to the test of falsifiability extensively enough to be unassailable. But failing one single test disqualifies a specific principle from being accepted.