Re: The "Package Deal" Fallacy (was Religion Bashing)

Clint O'Dell (
Fri, 22 Oct 1999 15:09:57 MDT

>Of course when new
>evidence arrives, a rational person embraces it and discards old
>misconceptions that he might previously have relied upon, but that
>doesn't mean it was necessarily irrational to have relied upon them

Yes, it does. Accidents happen. Let's say I take the long way to school every day because I believe something good will happen if I do. After 7 years of walking to school the long way I find a $20 bill laying on the sidewalk. I could say it is because I held on to my irrational faith of walking the long way so it must be rational, but then I would be committing the post hoc fallacy.

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