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doubt

Philosophy the methodical device, esp in the philosophy of Descartes, of identifying certain knowledge as the residue after rejecting any proposition which might, however improbably, be false
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Do you want to provide evidence and reassurance to doubters who question most of what you argue?
A handful of American Jews have effectively hijacked the Nazi Holocaust to blackmail Europe." This quote alone is just cause to lump Finkelstein into the same category as Israel Shamir, which is that of Holocaust doubter. (I preferred "doubter" to "skeptic" because "skeptic" is generally a positive trait.) Shamir and Finkelstein may in fact have different definitions of the Holocaust, but they are certainly under the same umbrella.
Her admirable work, Doubt: a History--subtitled The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson, reminds us that doubt isn't a negative concept defined by a lack of certainty--doubt is an affirmative, a concept that itself leads to knowledge and enlightenment.
As I tried to pinpoint what I as a confirmed doubter have in common with these believers, I began to suspect it is the fact that we are all seekers and journeyers.
However, recent DNA experiments carried out by a doubter at Dartmouth University seem to tie the beginning of complex life to the Snowball era.
The play, by Adrian Plass, describes the shockwaves in the church of St Thomas the Doubter when Christ comes to visit.
Being a doubter, however, can be extremely difficult when they schedule one commentator on two networks at the same time.
Crum of the University of Washington in Seattle, who panned the Science paper in 2002, says he's no longer such a doubter. "I wouldn't want to be quoted saying this is right," he says, "out [the claim] is more and more difficult to ignore."
The Catholic Church is the only church where skeptics stand at the altar, with Thomas the Doubter as prince of the apostles."
AFC TELFORD United assistant Phil Trainer admitted it came as no surprise that boss Gavin Cowan managed to prove doubters wrong during his first season in charge.
STEVE BRUCE has vowed to win over the doubters after admitting he has always regretted turning down the Newcastle job the first time he was offered it.
Gradually though over the last three years, Sterling has proven to the many doubters that there is no stage too grand for him.