Saturday’s Big Idea
Burden of Proof
According to Bertrand Russell's famous teapot analogy, the philosophical burden of proof falls on those who make claims that are scientifically unfalsifiable.
Understanding the burden of proof is a skill that is often lacking in our public discourse, particularly in our digital age in which it is so easy to play fast and loose with the facts. If this aspect of critical thinking is further eroded through the teaching of unfalsifiable concepts, the consequences could be profound for a generation of students.