Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hitchens' Razor

that which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.

From Wikipedia:

Hitchens' razor is an epistemological razor asserting that the burden of proof regarding the truthfulness of a claim lies with whoever made the claim; if this burden is not met, the claim is unfounded and its opponents need not argue further in order to dismiss it.

. It is named, echoing Occam's razor, for the journalist and writer Christopher Hitchens, who, in 2003, formulated it thus: "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."