On Oct 7, 10:23 pm, Michael Gordge <mikegor...@xtra.co.nz> wrote: > On Oct 6, 7:44 am, Immortalist <reanimater_2...@yahoo.com> wrote: > > > You > > see when you claim something is certain you must make all other > > explanations and theories about the matter impossible. > > Are you certain you can lick your elbow, without cutting it off? >
I am as certain as is humanly possible through inductive logic. If we were to claim that we certainly knew which were the case we would need to make all other explanations and theories impossible since any claim of certainty would be a contradiction if other explanations and theories about the matter were possibly true. But through inductive logic we can determine pretty well that licking elbows doesn't generally cut off the arm. The scientific reasoning about this theoretical issue depends upon inductive logic and manipulating perceptions of the world in ways that more evidence is provided for the claims than can be derived from deductive logic and other word games that don't do anything but define terms.