Absence of evidence?

You’ll sometimes hear, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

Absence of evidence is evidence of absence—of unicorns, for example. It’s just not proof of absence. On the other hand, millennia of absence of evidence is a strong argument for probability of absence, or non-existence if you prefer.

Someone suggested that the response to that is, “A claim that is put forward without evidence can be reliably dismissed unless and until evidence is provided.”

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Keeping the ‘X’ in Xmas

Atheist Kitteh finds UR prayers cute but ultimately futile

As we all know, the word Xmas is a venerable version of Christmas, with the X representing Christ. However, “Keep the Christ in Christmas” campaigns have engendered a certain amount of snark, such as this quasi-prayer from Gyeong Hwa Pak:

Lets pray for the day when Christ becomes synomynous with peace, love, the voiceless velar fricative, the voiceless uvelar fricative and any statistical hypothesis test in which the sampling distribution of the test statistic is a chi-square distribution when the null hypothesis is true. Amen.

Jules has added some ritual:

Lets pray for the day when Christ becomes synomynous with peace, love, the voiceless velar fricative, the voiceless uvelar fricative and any statistical hypothesis test in which the sampling distribution of the test statistic is a chi-square distribution when the null hypothesis is true. Amen.

*empty religious hand gesture* Amen.

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