Andy Hood Posted about 1 year ago “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.” – Christopher Hitchens. Do you agree? Yes, I use emotion as well as logic to convey a point. No crime there. I read your original comments as partially facetious, largely pretentious, wholly patronising and completely missing the point. This is not what you said but it IS how I read it. Forgive (and correct) me if I'm wrong: 1. I agree with the statement 2. I will now reword the original, subtly changing the meaning 3. I will now pontificate about a completely trivial reading of the quotation that I have helped to manipulate you into seeing by my clever rewording of the original phrase. 4. I will now make it clear that my agreement with the statement is conditional on the statement being read the wrong way. 5. I will now criticise the author (damn his Hitchy britches!) with slanderous abandon. 6. Having knocked the (now dead) competition, I shall demonstrate my incredible intelligence by displaying what a deep philosopher I am... let me ask you some solipsistic questions and show you what a deep thinker I am. I don't know where to begin, really. Let me have a go: Christopher Hitchens was a great many things; he was a great man; what he was not, however, was ignorant on how and why people accept or reject various statements. He was a great writer, a great thinker, a great philosopher and a great speaker. He understood more about why people accept or reject various statements than you, my young philosopher, will likely ever do. Well done for noting that human brains tend not to make decisions without emotional or cognitive bias. How clever you are. Really. Pat yourself on the back for stating the bleeding obvious. The questions you pose at the end of your comments are... ironic! The GENIUS of the original quotation is just that it asks (and answers) those same questions, if you would but read it properly... only he doesn't get bogged down with "should"... he just relates to the reality of what people will accept or reject. Now I cannot rest until you bow to the genius that was Hitch!