Re: The straw man.

H. M. Hubey (
24 Oct 1995 17:06:53 -0400 (Phillip Bigelow) writes:

> (H. M. Hubey) writes:

>>2) Whatever is not false is true until shown to be false.

> In science, whatever is UNKNOWN is held to be suspect until proven true,
>or until falsified.
> Therefore, a theory is not held to be is held suspect.
> <pb>

In logic (and in real life) you can always show a generalization
to be false by providing a counterexample, and nobody argues
against it, not even people who don't know logic. As for definition
of truth, it actually seems to be of a provisional nature. Something
is true at best provisionally or temporarily. But whatever is false
is definitely false. So with theories.


Regards, Mark