If there isn't any evidence that my twin doesn't exist, it is reasonable to believe that she's out there --- right?
If there isn't any evidence that Santa doesn't exist, it is reasonable to believe that he does -- right?
NO. NO. NO. NO.
I actually had a student try to tell me that, since there is no evidence that God doesn't exist, it is reasonable to believe that s/he does... huh?
This is the same bozo that says Russell's argument that says, 1) We ought not believe in something for which there is no solid evidence, 2) There is no solid evidence that God exists (most of "Why I am not a Christian".), 3) Thus, it is not reasonable to believe that God exists -- doesn't make sense.
hmmm-- dork. do the reading, come to class.... don't give me the stink-eye.
I also had a student who kept not even listening to me when I gave her more help than I should have on the exam.... several times. She's a bit older, maybe has a language issue and missed at least three classes from this section without doing the work or asking for extra help.
Sadly, she deserves to fail the exam -- which is probably what will happen when I grade them tomorrow.