Posted: Jul 25, 2018 3:49 pm
by Sendraks
Keep It Real wrote:If I lack belief in there being margarine in the fridge, because I remember throwing the empty tub out yesterday and don't remember buying any more yet, is it not fair, rational and inevitable to believe there is no margarine in the fridge?


You have an evidence base for there being no margarine in the fridge. You can say that there is no margarine there, because you removed it from the fridge.

If there is no evidence base for something existing, then there is no grounds for having belief. I don't believe things for which there is no evidence. I don't believe there is an invisible intangible pink unicorn in my garage, because there's no evidence that any such thing is there. I don't need to go any further than that and assert the negative that there are "no invisible intangible pink unicorns" in my garage. After all I can prove that (what with them being invisible and intangible) and it adds no value to the initial position of non-belief.

There is no Loch Ness monster is again an evidenced position. The loch exists. It has been scoured from top to bottom. There is nothing there that fits the description of the Loch Ness monster. The positive claim of the monsters existence is disproven.