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Old 20 July 2017, 01:41 AM
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Since we're dabbling in positive vs. negative claims and the burden of proof, might as well have the whole talk...

Typically, it's best (or easiest and perfectly reasonable) to just demand proof of the positive rather than bother with proving the negative. The response to the question "can you prove it's not true?" should be "can you explain why I should believe your claim?" You are under no obligation to accept the positive absent sufficient evidence. You are also under no obligation to prove the negative (unless you assert the negative as a "positive claim" with its own burden of proof.) So, yes, it may be possible to prove a negative in some cases, but if you choose your words and raise your objections carefully, it shouldn't be necessary if you just want to explain why you haven't accepted a claim as true and think others should maintain a position similar to yours (ie: do not accept the claim as true).

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