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“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.” – Christopher Hitchens. Do you agree?

As human beings, when we first hear this quote we instantly agree to it and make a correlation with science. But when we actually listen to this quote and ponder about it, we figure we cannot entirely agree with this quote or disagree with it completely. This quote brings about various knowledge issues and in some cases you agree and some cases you cannot. The knowledge issues that come up are – science, history, human science, religion, belief, and faith.


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    Dec 19 2012: assert -
    verb [ reporting verb ]
    state a fact or belief confidently and forcefully: [ with clause ] : the company asserts that the cuts will not affect development | [ with obj. ] : he asserted his innocence | [ with direct speech ] : “I don't know why she came,” he asserted.
    • [ with obj. ] cause others to recognize (one's authority or a right) by confident and forceful behavior: the good librarian is able to assert authority when required.
    • (assert oneself) behave or speak in a confident and forceful manner: it was time to assert himself.

    dismiss -
    verb [ with obj. ]
    order or allow to leave; send away: she dismissed the taxi at the corner of the road.
    • treat as unworthy of serious consideration: it would be easy to dismiss him as all brawn and no brain.
    • deliberately cease to think about: he suspected a double meaning in her words, but dismissed the thought.
    • Law refuse further hearing to (a case): the judge dismissed the case for lack of evidence.

    "That which can be stated as fact or belief confidently and forcefully without evidence, can be treated as unworthy of consideration without evidence".

    In spite of your quibbling over semantics the statement in it's entirety stands true….

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