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You cannot distinguish between evidence & nonsense.
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:29pm

The problem with your ideas is not whether they are right or wrong, but that they are not even wrong, they are nonsensical.

Here are a couple of primers to help you develop a healthy, rational skepticism:

Here are some quotes that display your problem, which is that you WANT to believe in nonsense.

“When a man finds a conclusion agreeable, he accepts it without argument, but when he finds it disagreeable, he will bring against it all the forces of logic and reason.”
- Thucydides

“When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition. I doubt if I could do it myself.”
- Mark Twain

“There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t tell ‘em.”
- Louis Armstrong

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
- Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

The law that entropy always increases holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell's equations — then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations. If it is found to be contradicted by observation — well, these experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.

Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, The Nature of the Physical World (1915), chapter 4

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