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It's not "wishy-washy," it's precise.
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:40pm

I don't generally bother with such qualifiers, either (although I still tend to use "believe" rather than "know"). In most contexts, that's unnecessary.

However, when the subject under discussion is actually whether something exists or not, then whether a person's assertion on the matter is actually knowledge becomes entirely germane. One needn't know a thing doesn't exist in order to proceed as if it doesn't. One can simply act based upon one's belief...and when the thing in question is clearly unlikely in the extreme (but not impossible*), that's a pretty safe course of action. But one still doesn't know.

*Obviously if it's demonstrably impossible for a thing to exist, then one has in fact satisfied knowledge conditions.

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