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  •  I Have the Feeling That "Extraordinary" Probably (4+ / 0-)

    refers more to quantity than quality of proof.

    Claims seem to me to be usually regarded as extraordinary because they run counter to a significant breadth of experience and established thought, sometimes extending well beyond the question at hand.

    In that case it would be necessary to show how the claim fits into a number of areas that were thought to be well understood.

    The JFK Magic Bullet Theory is a matter of physical positions and velocities of a few objects on one street. That's not necessarily an extraordinary claim.

    The Grassy Knoll theory though suddenly opens up questions of conspiracy extending to the Mob, CIA, Klan and who knows what other people and entities. I don't think proof of any of it would in itself be extraordinary, but it would take an extraordinary amount and range of proof to follow all the obvious implications out to their logical conclusions.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat May 11, 2013 at 11:10:23 AM PDT

    •  No, never. (1+ / 0-)
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      wilderness voice
      refers more to quantity than quality of proof.
      I've never seen it used that way, at least in practice.  It's always qualitative.  THIS piece of evidence isn't extraordinary, THIS piece of evidence isn't extraordinary, THIS piece of evidence isn't extraordinary... until there's nothing left.

      What are you doing to fight the dangerous and counterproductive error of treating dirtbag terrorist criminals as though they were comic book supervillains? I can't believe we still have to argue this shit, let alone on Daily Kos.

      by happymisanthropy on Sat May 11, 2013 at 03:39:51 PM PDT

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