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41 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 15 August 2007 06:39PM

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Comment author: Byrne 15 August 2007 10:25:08PM 3 points [-]

On the other hand, each new argument might reduce the implicit quality of the arguers. Imagine a succession of wilder excuses, rather than a series of increasingly damning data, and you could justify the hawkish Freedonian's view.

Perhaps the way to avoid both of these strategies is to address new evidence in batches. First, you and the hawks add up all your arguments. Then you state them, and consider. A week later, you both state all the new evidence that's come to light since, address how it affects your interpretation of the old data, etc.

You don't want a situation like the evolution/creationism debate, in which creationists are ever ready to point out new gaps in the fossil record (apparently unaware that filling in a gap between A and C creates two new gaps -- between A and B and between B and C).