This post is by Jesse Galef
I just realized that instead of giving you a Friday Funny, I put up a post with that horrid “Letter From Hell” abomination. My apologies. To remedy the situation, I give you James Randi in 1992 explaining why it is impossible to prove a negative:
On style, Randi’s delivery is excellent – from his comedic timing to his facial expressions. On content, he provides a wonderful explanation for why we cannot empirically prove a negative – no amount of evidence and inductive reasoning will be enough to counter the infinite range of possible conditions and scenarios. Those claiming to be psychic can always claim that their psychic powers do not work when being tested by a skeptic – and we cannot prove otherwise!
You can’t just rest on your imagined laurels because I am unable to disprove the existence of a particular supernatural influence. Show me the evidence for your claim! Show me an amputee who regrows a limb, an individual who repeatedly knows the 10-digit numbers written in my desk, or a single reindeer who can fly.
And we will test the evidence. *Push*