I know this might be a tad off topic, but it deals with Conspiracy Theorists.
I have a friend who is really into Conspiracy Theorys, I think deep down he doesn't beleive him but on the surface he's an Anti-Skeptic.
He tends to beleive the conspiracy from the get go untill overwhelming edvidence shows the theory to be wrong.
My main question is what should I do when confronted with proving a negative?
Its a paticular pet peeve of mine... example:
"Aliens were brought to Area 51. Prove it didn't happen."
"Prove the President DIDN'T know 9/11 was about to happen"
Generally its all but impossible to reason away that something "couldn't" have happend, so on principle i've been just flatly refusing to acknowledge proving something didn't happen, and tell him to prove that something DID happen.
What would be a quick way (and non-inflamitory) way to express this point quickly to someone so as not to sound like i'm afraid of the topic, or putting them down.
I like debating Conspiracy Theorys, its kind of fun and rewarding to figure them out, find the holes and expose them, but proving negatives is damn near imposible.