Proving lies. Feb 24, 2022 10:43:01 GMT
Post by Nessie on Feb 24, 2022 10:43:01 GMT
That someone has lied can only be proved with evidence, not argument from incredulity.
A claim that a boy has cycled to the moon is not proved a lie because the claim is too incredible to believe, it is proved a lie because of the evidence that it is physically impossible to cycle to the moon.
A claim that the British used gas chambers to murder German internees on the Isle of Man can be proved to be a lie by interviewing witnesses and searching for evidence and evidencing what did happen and that all internees can be accounted for. In claims such as that, the absence of evidence of gassings, is evidence that there were no gassings. That the claim of the British using gas chambers would be too incredible for some to accept, is not prof of lying. The proof comes from the evidence.
Then there is the issue of how witnesses behave. Just because a witness tells a lie about one thing, does not mean he lies about everything. Furthermore, witnesses can and do make mistakes, exaggerate, use emotive descriptions, mix hearsay and eyewitness evidence, forget and give the impression they are lying, when they are not. They may appear to be too incredible to believe, even when they are telling the truth as they remember it.
That is why evidence is needed to prove a lie, not argument from incredulity. Only evidence from other witnesses, documents, physical items, photos, forensics, archaeology and circumstances is acceptable.