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Author Topic:   Immaterial "Evidence"
NosyNed
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Message 90 of 154 (522781)
09-04-2009 8:46 PM
Reply to: Message 86 by New Cat's Eye
09-04-2009 3:58 PM


degrees of acceptance
So if I see a bird in the woods and it flys away then I have to disbelieve that I saw it because I can't repeat it... that's retarded.
If you saw a crow in the woods around here contextual information would suggest a high probability of you being right.
Accepting said crow would not cause any upturning of current understanding of the natural history of the area; ie, it makes little difference if I erroneously accept your statement.
I would, without further effort, give it a pretty high level of acceptance.
If, however, you saw an Ivory billed Woodpecker in Arkansas you would get only a moderately low level of acceptance without further support. The context of information that we have is far different and the consequences are vastly different (there is a large reward for finding one and proving it).
Assigning different levels of acceptance is not retarded. It is exactly what we do everyday. It is the only rational behavior.

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NosyNed
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Message 100 of 154 (524514)
09-17-2009 9:05 AM
Reply to: Message 97 by Kitsune
09-17-2009 3:21 AM


Warnings
I have received warnings of various sorts lots of times. Every single one was followed by absolutely nothing happening. The voice was me, I worry too much. But sometimes I do get strong feelings of doom.

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