(...) simply insisted we prove that the Queen didn’t do it—that is, demanding a refutation of wild speculation to prove fact, rather than seeking out the evidence first. This proof-by-negation is akin to fastidiously believing in the tooth fairy simply because no one has seen proof that the tooth fairy doesn’t exist. That is noxious thinking—and, (...), it’s exactly the kind of aggressive, close-minded speculation that fuels fake news, Trumpian rhetoric, and political divisions.
This post isn’t about politics, it’s about how easy it is to fall in the fallacy of proving something didn’t happen by negating it. It’s about how tiresome it can be to always fact check, proving through facts what is reality and what is fiction. It’s about avoiding a dark universe of alternative realities that enclose you in an existence of self-feeding bigotry. Of believing your feelings are facts, are reality.
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The man of modern industrial society thinks, repeatedly, that he can replace the loss of intimacy through external mechanisms. This belief is reinforced by a series of activities that promise you hope and happiness, but that really only leaves you the insipid taste of an even greater disappointment.
In a world where many strive to find instant happiness and gratification in one nighters, through Facebook likes, Twitter retweets and the ramp for limelight that YouTube views are known for, this quote from Erich F. Bender is as up to date as it was in 1968 when his book, “Helga”, was published.