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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Proving Negatives
« on: February 20, 2012, 10:26:43 AM »

'Negatives' can't be 'proven' ...

That is a negative statement.

If it were true, then it couldn't be proven to be true.

If it were an unprovable proposition, then your adherence to it would be a free choice, not mandated by reason or logic.

In fact, it is false that "negatives can't be proven."

Some negatives are demonstrable; others aren't.

That AE and FN did not land at Howland (a negative statement) is as provable as any other historical allegation, and on the same grounds: examination of the testimony of witnesses present at the time in question.
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Irvine John Donald

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Re: Proving Negatives
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 12:21:04 PM »

Thanks to Marty for this thread.  Thanks to you Jeff for being a gentleman in your reply and for providing the link to Marty's paper.  A very clear, concise and well laid out paper.  And here was me thinking Marty only seemed to have time for administering this forum. :-).
Respectfully Submitted;

Irv
 
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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Re: Proving Negatives
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 04:47:20 PM »

Not sure how he finds time, but we're lucky to have him here.  Thanks Marty - this is a good place to be.

You're welcome, Jeff.  I'm glad you're enjoying TIGHAR's work.
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Tom Swearengen

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Re: Proving Negatives
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 06:07:04 PM »

Jeff--your model would just look like a Gulfstream-
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