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RE: a typical response of mr. Fagan
Author: Garrett Fagan ()
Date: December 01, 2000 12:12AM
Nice selective quotation. You've learned well from your models.

Anyway, Christophe Leijnen wrote:

> If H O is proven untrue (significantly) then one can reject
> HO and except H A, and viceversa. One cannot prove H O or H
> A, so neither hypothesis can be rejected. Untill one is
> proven to be true or untrue.

The basic problem with your reasoning is that history, really, cannot "prove" things to be untrue. If no evidence exists, one can always say (as Hancock and you do) that it might yet turn up. There is always possibility.

Using your methods, which are statistical and not historical, anything and everything are possible in history, hence my reductio ad absurdum example. If historical hypotheses have no evidence whatsoever to support them, there is no way to distinguish between the possibilities of Weslh unicorns, alien pyramid builders or lost civilizations. No evidence exists for any, so they are alike untestable.

GF

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a typical response of mr. Fagan 512 Christophe Leijnen 30-Nov-00 18:51
same message as above (sorry) 246 Christophe L. 30-Nov-00 19:03
RE: a typical response of mr. Fagan 269 Garrett Fagan 01-Dec-00 00:12
RE: a typical response of mr. Fagan 358 Geoff Stocks 01-Dec-00 02:38
RE: a typical response of mr. Fagan 230 Dr E 01-Dec-00 12:11
RE: a typical response of mr. Fagan 230 Geoff Stocks 01-Dec-00 20:43
RE: a typical response of mr. Fagan 270 Christophe L. 01-Dec-00 11:12
RE: a typical response of mr. Fagan 260 Garrett Fagan 01-Dec-00 20:38
RE: a typical response of mr. Fagan 256 R. Avry Wilson 01-Dec-00 13:25
RE: a typical response of mr. Fagan 240 Garrett Fagan 01-Dec-00 20:43
RE: a typical response of mr. Fagan 256 Geoff Stocks 01-Dec-00 20:47


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