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Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 16:56:52 +0100
Archived: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 08:11:03 -0400
Subject: Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

>From: Cathy Reason <CathyM.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 15:52:59 +0100
>Subject: Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

>>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 11:27:37 +0100
>>Subject: The van Gogh Fallacy [was: Olson's Final Statement]


>>The individuals named are all distinguished by an adherence to
>>empirical rationalism

>I have no wish to get involved in this particular discussion, but
>"empirical rationalism" is a contradiction in terms.

Looks like the fallacies are coming thick and fast!

Although rationalism and empiricism are often (more through
tradition than anything else) seen as contrasting schools of
epistemology, there is in fact nothing at all contradictory
about the term I have used. All rationalist thought must have
assumptions - more formally, any logical system must have its
axioms - and the empirical rationalist merely takes, wherever
possible, empirical data as the support for, or source of, those

The empirical rationalist typically requires logical consistency
to be satisfied as the test for any argument, but does not
extend this to an assertion that reason itself, independently of
empirical data, is the sole, or primary, source of secure

For what it's worth, and to lay my own cards on the table,
empirical rationalism, as I have described it, is, as far as
I've been able to work out, just about the only method of
thought that is worth anything in dealing with this world...

Gerald O'Connell

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