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February 17, 2010

We hold these truths to be self-evident

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 9:27 am

From time to time, I hear people make comments that simply cannot possibly stand up as assertions.  One of the most common of these is:

You can’t prove an unrestricted negative.

The problem is this:  The statement itself is an unrestricted negative!

It is directly self-contradictory.  In order to be true that you couldn’t prove and unrestricted negative, the statement itself would have to be false!  Therefore, if the statement is false, the assertion that an unrestricted negative cannot be proven would also be false.

It is as good as saying:  I really haven’t thought this through, and will now save you time by contradicting myself.

Come to think of it, that does save me time =)

If only people realized that is what it means when they use that phrase…

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