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Can you prove a negative? or How to prove a negative

It’s often said one cannot prove a negative. Most often, this wisdom is applied to the (non-)existence of god. You very frequently hear someone state that you can’t prove the non-existence of God. Even atheists will tell you this. Luckily, they are not entirely right.

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Review | Alan Sokal & Jean Bricmont – Intellectual impostures: Postmodern philosophers’ abuse of science

Alan Sokal & Jean Bricmont – Intellectual impostures: Postmodern philosophers’ abuse of science
London: Profile books (1997)

I’d estimate that over 35% of this book contains rubbish – is pure rubbish or rubbishy. But I’m not stating this to discourage you from reading it. Rather, set in it’s proper context, my estimate should be viewed as an encouragement to read this book. The fact being that the rubbish this book surely contains, was written by Alan Sokal nor Jean Bricmont. Instead, the rubbish was chosen, quoted and reviewed by them. Let me explain.

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