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  •  "Proving" a rule - Not what it sounds like (4+ / 0-)
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    You've used an expression in a way that seems to say that finding a case that does not support a rule shows in some mystical way that the rule is true.

    However, "Prove", as used in this expression, really means "Tests", as in "Proving Grounds".       Or "The Proof of the pudding is in the tasting"

    Proof/Prove/Proving means testing.

    "It is the exception that TESTS the rule" means that you better refine your rule, because there is something wrong with it.

    Religion gives men the strength to do what should not be done.

    by bobtmn on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 06:50:18 PM PST

    •  Two schools of thought on that (0+ / 0-)

      ...the existence of exceptions proves the existence of a rule--if these guys got off scot-free because prosecuting them would cause a systemwide failure, that proves that there IS a rule which would be followed otherwise--for the little fish.

      Otherwise, there'd be no need for the exception.

      America, we can do better than this...

      by Randomfactor on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 12:06:08 PM PST

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