(I know, the title of this article couldn’t be more exciting, sorry, my creative title juices are not flowing at the moment.)
How hard is it to prove a negative? Urban myth claims that “you can’t prove a negative”. Take the rather cliched statement notion that we can never prove that “God does not exist”–because we can’t prove a negative. This is intellectually lazy nonsense, as there are good arguments both for, and against, a Creator. That being said, the word “God” creates friction between myself and my web optimizer people, as they deem such discussions “difficult to optimize for search engines.” Hum, what do these SEO people do, anyway? Ok, I’ll stop.
Still, it’s easy to prove a negative. Take the following statement: No Ferrari’s exist in John’s garage. Can we prove this negative? Sure. Open my garage door, and bam, there’s no Ferrari (most statements can be transformed into a negative). Speaking of cars, I would like an Italian sports car–of any ilk–even an Alfa Romeo (basically, some of the least expensive Italian cars out there). [So, if you’re really interested as to why you can prove negatives, and I bet none of you are, but just in case, check out Steven D. Hales article “Thinking Tools: You Can Prove a Negative”].
Many violations of probation involve proving a negative. Let’s delve into why probation fails on such issues. Continue Reading