extreme point-proving

On Pharyngula today I found a link to a story about a “scientist” who claims that Ireland is in fact the lost city of Atlantis. So far, so mad. The quote from him made me laugh, because he said “I expect to have my knockers” – I know, I’m 14 years old sometimes, imagining a Scandinavian scientist preparing for plastic surgery. His next sentence, however, made me gasp at its audacity, “But we must assume that I am right until others can prove I am wrong.” Wow. Well, we must also assume that I am 6’2″, rich and devastatingly handsome. By just reading this weblog you are incapable of proving me wrong, so therefore it must be true. There, that was easy wasn’t it?

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