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Gravity Game Fallacy

 

Gravity Game Fallacy

The gravity game fallacy occurs when validity of a proposition is considered unacceptable even after it has been proven repeatedly and there is no other competing idea that has been proven. It is named for the way that a child will knock a ball off a table and watch it drop. The child will then seemingly test to see if gravity always works. The fallacy is to continue to believe that something is likely to happen after it has been tested repeatedly and never found not to happen without any exception. At a certain point, you stop denying The Law of Gravity and The Law of Biogenesis.

Examples of the Gravity Game Fallacy

Bill Nye arguing against Creation science: "You said, you asserted that life cannot come something that’s not alive. Are you sure? Are you sure enough to say that we should not continue to look for signs of water and life on Mars, that that’s a waste? You’re sure enough to claim that? That is an extraordinary claim that we want to investigate."

We cannot say for certain that life could not possibly every spring up spontaneously, just as we cannot say for certain that things cannot fall up. However, the chance is remote for either one of these. To spend tax dollars researching either one is a waste.

Fallacy Abuse:

Sandy: "The age of the Earth is settled scientific fact. It is 4.7 billion years old."

Rocky: "It is not settled scientific fact. The Big-Bang-Billion-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story violates several scientific laws and there is no evidence that the story actually took place."

Sandy: "Hah! That is the logical fallacy of the gravity game. The age of the Earth is confirmed by multiple independent criteria and they all come out to the same age."

Rocky: "If you would look a bit deeper, you would realize that it's a fixed game. And there is another possibility the violates no scientific laws and doesn't require circular reasoning. That is the historical account that God tells us through the Bible. God created the Heavens and the Earth in six days."

If there is a competing conclusion or if there is a flaw in the evidence, then it is irrational to accept any idea as beyond question. Rocky's objection is not the gravity game fallacy because the Big-Bang-Billion-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story is just that, a story. We are not dogmatically claiming to know that the Earth is 6,000 years old. We know that God created the Heavens and the Earth in six days and we know the number of generations between Adam and Christ. That's about it. Even though a plain reading of Scripture seems to indicate a young Earth; even though there is zero observed evidence and only circular reasoning and speculations that support old Earth stories, we can't even deny the possibility that God could have done something that Scripture doesn't hint at and that has left no scientific evidence. It is possible. It just is not worth the time to think about it.

 



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