Refraction (Bent Thinking) #57

Moving the Goalposts (raising the bar) – an argument in which evidence presented in response to a specific claim, but then is dismissed and some other (often greater) evidence is demanded. Refutation: if someone demand a specific piece of refuting evidence  and it is produced, then the matter is closed. Example: Anita: Ben, I know I said I wanted proof that someone ever died from someone using marijuana… and you showed me a case where a stoned train conductor got some people killed, but now I want you to show me that someone died as a result of overdose. Side Note: if someone demands evidence, ask them to give you assurance that the production of the evidence will end their claim. If they do not, it is a waste of your time.

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