Re: [OPE] The Dog Days of August?

From: Dave Zachariah (
Date: Sun Aug 17 2008 - 06:22:14 EDT

on 2008-08-17 10:50 Philip Dunn wrote:
> You cannot have it both ways. You cannot criticise sceptics both for 
> refusing to speculate in the absence of evidence and also for wildly
> speculating. In fact, a number of overall scenarios do exist. What is
> missing is the evidence needed to eliminate the wrong ones. 

What I am criticizing is not the speculation of possible scenarios that 
could have happened, but the insinuations or claims of what did happen. 
What is missing is the ability to assess the likelihood of theories on 
the basis of the three criteria.

As a side note, you also wrote:
> The Italian left was destroyed by explosives.

The historical record tells a different story. The PCI continued to win 
more than a quarter of the votes in national elections until it was 
disbanded in 1991.

//Dave Z
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