'Logic on the Left' and the 'Negative Set'

'Logic on the Left' and the 'Negative Set'

I seldom see good logic on the left. But the left is primarily bad at logic at what some of us call the 'negative set' of logic. What is that? I am not sure it is a normal term, but one that we used in industry to point out 'people tilting at windmills' - or doing dumb things if you prefer. What did we call the negative set of logic? For a student of logic, and I just love the subject, it is far, far easier to prove that someone exists or something happened then to prove that it never happened. Saying something never happened is the 'negative set'. One might have to have been everywhere in the universe at all times and look for the right thing to see in order to say that something never happened. A true logic person would 'never go there'.

Examples:

SNOPES
Snopes, whom I am beginning to think is a waste of internet space, had written and I read on it that Mark Twain never said: "Rumors of my death were greatly exaggerated" - or something to the effect of those words. Well, they are logic fools since they are dealing in the negative set of logic. Even for a great historic person as Mark Twain, his life is likely only 5% tracked - if that much. And how does Snopes know what was said the other 95% of the time? They do not. Mark Twain may have said that, but did not write in the works that Snopes read. Or perhaps someone heard him say it and marked it down in their own work, not a Mark Twain work. Either way, only a fool dabbles in the 'negative set' of logic and Snopes shows to be a fool. Still not convinced? What if someone said that you never claimed that you like the USA? And they base this on a few articles that you had written. If it was me, I would be outraged. How can they possibly know everything that I said in my lifetime? They do not of course. Logic fools and irritants.

the God question
While I would not try to prove that there is a God, that would be far easier than those atheists who say that they are certain that there is no God. How could they possibly know that? Those people stuck on a single planet for just a few years? They know everything that has happened in this universe and beyond, if there is a beyond? Logic fools. 'They know nothing' - as a favorite quote in the book series 'Game of Thrones' likes to say. To say that there is no God, one would have to do three things - look everywhere in the true universe, not just the ones we see in a telescope, they would have to be in all places at all times, and the third is the most severe - they would have to know what to look for. Again, a fool's game. A fool's conversation. I am fine with other people's belief systems. If someone wishes to believe that there is no God, that is their belief, and I will respect it. Likewise they should be fine with my belief system. However, those who say that they know there is no God are logic fools playing with the negative set - who are too dumb to even know that they are being dumb.

EVOLUTION
I do not disbelieve everything that Darwin said, just maybe half of it. We can see with our own eyes that the species that can no longer survive on earth die off, and new ones seem to come, or at least we keep finding new ones. So "Survival of the Fittest" meets with things we can really see. When my city government cements over pretty canyons and coyotes and rabbits have nowhere to go, that can be a problem. But the other part, the part "where did animals come from?" is not the negative set in logic but is so close it, it might as well be. Some geologists say that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. Happy Birthday! Animals could have gotten here many ways, I say millions of ways, without even involving God. That is a lot of time and a lot of guessing. I for one think it is quite illogical to think that man came from an ape or vice versa. Some fields like math are easy to prove. Some like Chemistry and Physics are often possible to prove. I think much of Geology and therefore some world history can be proven at least to an approximate point. Some things like evolution just do not lend themselves to an easy proof. Theories are fine. Saying that there is one way and only way is pure lunacy.

OTHERS
You will often hear some people say that ghosts do not exist, or there is no heaven or hell, or that no scientist or person objects to this or that thing. They are dealing with the "negative set" of logic, meaning that they are very poor at logic and science and are not to be trusted. Someone who really is good at science or logic would not get trapped into such arguments that are beyond impossible to prove. And why should anyone dabble at all in the negative set? Is it not more fun to wonder if ghosts do exist, or how many starts animals had if evolution is true at all, or at least have some good movies on heaven or hell? Theories can be fun. Discussion on them can be great. But that is where items like this should go - theories that we call theories - that we enjoy discussing.

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Comment by Robin on March 17, 2013 at 10:23am

Good post RN. Tweeting it out.

Comment by Jerseygal on March 17, 2013 at 5:12pm

Good stuff, RN!  

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