That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. (Christopher Hitchens). Do you agree?

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 “That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” (Christopher Hitchens). Do you agree?

The idiom, “seeing is believing” has been inspiring the human race of how powerful evidence is in shaping our beliefs. Therefore, it is a norm in the human culture that any information must embody explicit evidence before it can only be said as true. The same conception was proposed by Christopher Hitchens as he quoted, “that which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence”. I personally believe that this statement is a false analogy and is rhetorical as it is persuasive in demanding people to perceive in a one-way manner. Knowledge covers various fields and grounds, with each ground constitute different measures in order to validate information as a source of knowledge. In other words, the need of evidence may also differ between areas of knowledge. Hence, to justify my assumption on the statement quoted by Christopher Hitchens, thoughts with consideration of counter-arguments are assembled to address the relevance of evidence in natural science and religion.

Living in the millennium century has enabled us to witness numerous scientific discoveries have been made by scientists. From one of the biggest breakthrough in chemistry through the uncovering of the atomic theory by John Dalton to the controversial theory of evolution proposed by Charles Darwin, scientific discoveries has significantly contribute to how we see and perceive the world today. No matter how controversial a theory could be, a theory such as the theory of evolution is supported by empirical evidence and facts which guards the theory from being criticized and questioned. The stronger the evidence a theory could offer, the more valid a theory could be. This truly shows the survival of a theory depends heavily on the presence of empirical evidence. The string theory which suggests that the world is made up of small slices of 2-dimensional membrane wriggling in 11 dimensional space has been backlash in recent years as some scientists say that a theory is not a theory if its predictions are untestable thus, it could not provide an evidence of its validity (Boyle, 2010). Hence, it is wise to say that any scientific theories which provide no sensible evidence are merely an assumption.

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However, as we go through the timeline of scientific discoveries, not all established theories have been able to provide us with explanations and evidence. Professor Jim Hill from the University of Adelaide reacted to Einstein’s theory of relativity that up until now there is no substantial evidence that suggests this theory is feasible with any existing transportation mechanism. Nevertheless, it is hard for me to not acknowledge the impact the theory has made in our life such as its application in the production of nuclear energy. Perhaps technology has become the greatest obstacle which hinders our power to thoroughly obtain ...

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