Re: The influence of skeptics [WAS Re: no more lottery talk]

From: BillK (
Date: Mon Jan 02 2006 - 11:14:14 MST

On 1/2/06, Richard Loosemore wrote:
> More generally, though, it is difficult for me to pick one reference on
> this: if you go to the literature and look up "sheep-goat effect" you
> should find hundreds of examples.

As Michael Shermer has commented:
"But wouldn't that mean that this claim is ultimately nonfalsifiable?
If both positive and negative results are interpreted as supporting a
theory, how can we test its validity?
Skepticism is the default position because the burden of proof is on
the believer, not the skeptic."


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