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'Prove claims' question.
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RE: 'Prove claims' question.
(December 15, 2008 at 4:16 am)Kyuuketsuki Wrote: To my mind, "I think" denotes opinion and opinion is not a claim as such ... it does, however, depend very much on how it is expressed.

Kyu
I agree, Kyu. Although uttering these words here on a forum is in my opinion an invitation to debate so in that case one can surely ask for reasons behind the thought.
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RE: 'Prove claims' question.
(December 15, 2008 at 2:10 pm)Purple Rabbit Wrote: I agree, Kyu. Although uttering these words here on a forum is in my opinion an invitation to debate so in that case one can surely ask for reasons behind the thought.

Yes, something I have realised to my detriment Undecided

Kyu
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#13
RE: 'Prove claims' question.
LukeMC,

I DO thank all those people, whole heartedly. Smile
"The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility"

Albert Einstein
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#14
RE: 'Prove claims' question.
So to you is thanking God like thanking goodness? All the good in the world? Good people for a start. Why do you need to believe in the supernatural for that?

Evf.
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RE: 'Prove claims' question.
(December 15, 2008 at 7:48 pm)EvidenceVsFaith Wrote: So to you is thanking God like thanking goodness? All the good in the world? Good people for a start. Why do you need to believe in the supernatural for that?

Evf.

No, it isn't like that. I have believed in a personal God.
"The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility"

Albert Einstein
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#16
RE: 'Prove claims' question.
Oh. Well of course I'm sure that of course you DO hank all the good people. Perhaps Lukes point is that you were expressing gratitude to God for all the good things and good people in that post. Rather than thanking the good things themselves. And of course the good people. At least your words seemed to be saying that?
Is it just a force of habit? Smile
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#17
RE: 'Prove claims' question.
To address the original post, the phrase "I think" is sometimes used out of a lack of confidence. I was going to begin by saying "I think the reason people..." and carry on from there. This is because I was basically gonna make up a suggestion with no real evidence to back it up. "I think" gives me the cover of opinion.

If somebody says "I think there is a God" then you can pose the question "what makes you think this?"
If they present no evidence, dismiss their claim, as it says in Purple Rabbit's sig.
If they do have evidence, dispute it like any other debate. It isn't exactly the same as burden of proof, it's more a case of us asking the thinker to assess their thoughts and back them up. If they cannot do this, their opinion has no ground to stand on. It's just baseless speculation.
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RE: 'Prove claims' question.
(December 16, 2008 at 5:24 pm)LukeMC Wrote: To address the original post, the phrase "I think" is sometimes used out of a lack of confidence. I was going to begin by saying "I think the reason people..." and carry on from there. This is because I was basically gonna make up a suggestion with no real evidence to back it up. "I think" gives me the cover of opinion.

If somebody says "I think there is a God" then you can pose the question "what makes you think this?"
If they present no evidence, dismiss their claim, as it says in Purple Rabbit's sig.
If they do have evidence, dispute it like any other debate. It isn't exactly the same as burden of proof, it's more a case of us asking the thinker to assess their thoughts and back them up. If they cannot do this, their opinion has no ground to stand on. It's just baseless speculation.

Good points Luke. I would just say that it can be frustrating when you present your 'evidence' or reasons for a certain belief but this is rejected. I'll give an example. I think there is a God because of the inference for design. You guys will not accept that there is any inference. You beleive nature appears to show design, it's how our brains are wired. I would say this could be right, but that 'design' is still a possibility. This may be stretching it a bit, but I liken my detection of 'design' as similar to string theorists detecting strings. They detect 'strings' via tangible proofs, things that infer strings, but still they aren't able to prove the strings really exist. Smile
"The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility"

Albert Einstein
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RE: 'Prove claims' question.
Sure, but what makes you think I'd accept string theory?
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RE: 'Prove claims' question.
(December 16, 2008 at 5:49 pm)leo-rcc Wrote: Sure, but what makes you think I'd accept string theory?

I'm sure there are many scientists and folk like us who don't accept it, but it's the attitude surrounding it, whether you do or don't accept it. It's respectable for these scientists to believe in something, or should I say, suspect something that borders on science fiction/metaphysical almost, theories, without being able to prove it, or test it. When you apply the same logic to a 'designer' it's suddenly not respectable and you're left to feel like you're foolish to even consider such a silly concept.
"The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility"

Albert Einstein
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