Re: [OPE] The Dog Days of August?

From: Dave Zachariah (
Date: Sat Aug 16 2008 - 05:47:58 EDT

on 2008-08-16 11:02 Philip Dunn wrote:
> On what grounds do you think skepticism be restricted in the way you
> suggest?
> Very little backing?

On the grounds of the three criteria for ranking and choosing theories: 
logical consistency, empirical accuracy and simplicity.

The mass of evidence for extraordinary and implausible (by the standards 
of Occam and his razor) claims have to significantly *outweigh and 
contradict* the simpler and widely accepted general account. This is not 
the case for the 911 conspiracy theories today. (The Griffin interview 
being a perfect example.)

To pretend otherwise is to delude oneself and destroy whatever 
credibility one has.

//Dave Z
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