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  •  such claims should be dismissed (0+ / 0-)

    if there isn't a ton of convincing evidence to back them up.

    If I said that I levitated last night, you should dismiss that out of hand unless I provide a LOT of unimpeachable evidence to the contrary.

    "Obama won. Get over it."

    by onanyes on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 02:52:32 PM PDT

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    •  also, virgin births were quite common in the (0+ / 0-)

      ancient world if we are to believe those ancient reporters.  The Christians were actually late comers to the "Sired by a God" sweepstakes

    •  I agree with this. (0+ / 0-)

      I once read an analysis of miracles in which the writer asked what evidence I would need to make me believe that a person had levitated (maybe we've read the same article!).  Of course, modern readers would mention cameras, instruments, etc.  Then he said, what evidence would it take to convince you that a person had levitated 500 years ago.  

      Points out the problem pretty dramatically.  

      If you rule out miracles a priori, that's one thing. Even if you don't, however, the evidence bar is pretty darn high....

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