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  •  This is tantamount, in statistical terms, to (1+ / 0-)
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    making the path to citizenship contingent on proving the null hypothesis.

    From Wikipedia (bold mine):

    The practice of science involves formulating and testing hypotheses, statements that are capable of being proven false using a test of observed data. The null hypothesis typically corresponds to a general or default position. For example, the null hypothesis might be that there is no relationship between two measured phenomena[1] or that a potential treatment has no effect.[2]

    The null hypothesis can never be proven. Data, such as the results of an observation or experiment, can only reject or fail to reject a null hypothesis. For example, if comparison of two groups (for example, comparing subjects treated with a medication with untreated subjects) reveals no statistically significant difference between the two, it does not prove that there really is no difference; it only shows that the results were not sufficient to reject the null hypothesis.[5]

    In other words, how could you ever prove the borders are truly secure?  But then, logic and science don't seem to play much, if any, role in dealing with Republicans.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:54:04 AM PST

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