Sunday, September 15, 2013
Exo-mythologists just love the burden of proof fallacy.
Ignorance always benefits prejudice and dishonesty, and this can be clearly seen in the lack of knowledge of the ABC of rational thinking.
Regularly we find this ignorance at work in polemics between contemporary mythologists and rationalists. A good sample of this active ignorance is the use of the burden of proof fallacy by the Exo-fantasists.
This is not a surprise, because UFO experts’ total lack of evidences about what they say is true, particularly the presence of extraterrestrial civilizations in our planet. The fallacy of burden of proof is committed when those who tell us that about the ET hypothesis as fact are confronted with the logical demand of evidences about what they say.
Instead of recognizing that they have no evidences, the fantasists pretend us to proof that there are NOT extraterrestrials in or planet. They put the burden of proof in the wrong side,
The burden of proof is always on the person making an assertion or proposition. Shifting the burden of proof is the fallacy of putting the burden of proof on the person who denies or questions the assertion being made. The source of the fallacy is the assumption that something is true unless proven otherwise.
A standard rule in argumentation is “he who asserts must prove,” meaning that the writer bears full responsibility to prove that his or her claims are true. Writers and speakers, especially when cornered with tough questions, often speak authoritatively, but they sometimes assume that their assertions are valid and place the onus of proof onto the audience.
When debating any issue, there is an implicit burden of proof on the person asserting a claim. "If this responsibility or burden of proof is shifted to a critic, the fallacy of appealing to ignorance is committed.”
This particularly dishonest fallacy turns the real world into an asylum.
The British mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) wrote that if he claims that a teapot orbits the Sun somewhere in space between the Earth and Mars, it is nonsensical for him to expect others to believe him on the grounds that they cannot prove him wrong. Russell's teapot is still referred as an argument against the burden of proof fallacy.
In fact all those who are into baloney selling made a systematic use of this misleading concept.
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