A Teeny, Tiny Possibility You’re Wrong

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Everything can be connected to a Friends episode, in my experience, and most things can be usefully illustrated with some scene from Friends. A case in point is the exchange about evolution that takes place between Ross and Phoebe. While I enjoyed this episode, the more I’ve thought about it, the more disappointed I’ve become with Ross’s final reaction when Phoebe accuses him of having caved on his beliefs. The confidence that we have in scientific, historical, medical, and other conclusions of those with expertise who study evidence should not be dogmatism with no room for uncertainty. As I emphasized in recent interaction with mythicists, the mere existence of alternatives that are not entirely impossible is not at issue and not a problem for mainstream scholarship. Lots of things are in theory possible. The question is which is most compatible with the evidence. Sometimes one stands out as clearly the best fit to the evidence. Sometimes that isn’t the case. But either way, there is always a “teensy, tiny possibility...
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