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NumptyScrub

Re: John Bailey

There is no life on the moon. This is an observable fact. Therefore, while it's incorrect to state "there is no life outside of 20 miles of my house" it is correct to state "there is no life on the moon".

I don't think you've got this science thing down right. Either absence of evidence is classifiable as a "fact", so that it is exactly as correct to state that "there is no life outside of 20 miles of my house, because I have never seen any" as it is to state "there is no life on the moon, because we've not found any", or alternatively absence of evidence is not classifiable as a "fact", and thus it is as incorrect to state "there is no life on the moon" as it is to posit that no life exists 20 miles from my house.

The correct statement is "we have not yet found any evidence of life on the moon", and that is as definitive as I would be comfortable getting.

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