I had a conversation with a friend recently about her belief in something “more.” At some point, I began talking about how it was the responsibility of the person positing something about the world that holds the responsibility for justifying the statement. Reason Being’s recent post on Martin S Pribble reminded my of this moment.
As he says, “Without question, the person who is making the positive claim has the burden of proof.” This is such an easy statement to make and seemingly obvious.
When I made my statement about positing something about the world, my friend nodded, looked at me, and thought for a minute. Her response was; “no, I don’t agree with that statement.”
Let’s say I was dumbfounded.
With a degree in philosophy and two years of formal logic I did my best to explain and give examples of both the reasonableness and logic of this statement. Examples of invisible flying pink unicorns and celestial teapots were useless as they do not get at the fundamental logic. The expose it, but were easily brushed aside with “so.” <eyes bulging>
We went round and round about this an other things for a few hours. This is a discussion that I try not to have with anyone. I don’t want to talk about the nature of “God” or the universe anymore; instead I proceed as if I am correct.
After using the Socratic Method several times and backing her into a corner . . . she easily slipped out with some mental gymnastics and denial. Her final thought was that I was, “too smart for myself.”
Honestly? This was her best argument??? I know and understand too much; therefore, my opinion is less valid.
Of course, contemporaneous with her pronouncement I was thinking about all the studies that correlate higher intelligence and atheism. Did it matter that I was smarter though? Not to her, it was a weaknesses in her eyes. <facepalm>
How do we talk to one another when the language we use is completely different? If we are unable to agree on such a basic premise as logic how will we ever effectively communicate about the nature of the universe?
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