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  •  I'm not talking about court. (3+ / 0-)
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    Adam B, VetGrl, pico

    I'm talking about argumentation theory—the very same philosophical discipline to which you appeal in your citation of Graham's Pyramid.

    (The lawyers here are doing a pretty good job taking apart your arguments about truth claims in the legal system.)

    In argumentation theory, it is not the case that a claim is assumed to be true until disproven; rather, the claim is assumed to be untrue until it is sufficiently supported. The burden of proof is on the person making the initial claim; only after they have provided sufficient evidence and reason to support their claim does there exist a burden of rejoinder on their interlocutor.

    In the case of CT, those who do not provide extraordinary evidence to back up extraordinary claims have not fulfilled the burden of proof; thus, their interlocutors do not need to marshal evidence and reason as disproof. They simply need to point out where the initial argument lacks sufficient support.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 07:56:06 AM PDT

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