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2nd Mar '16 2:09:04 PM Josef5678
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* In the ChickTract "Big Daddy", the protagonist invokes the GodOfTheGaps (see Bill O'Reilly below for details) claiming that since we don't know what holds protons and neutrons together, it must be Jesus [[note]]At the time the book was published, the gluon was not proven, but was a widely accepted theory for ten years.[[/note]]

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* In the ChickTract ''ComicBook/ChickTract'' "Big Daddy", the protagonist invokes the GodOfTheGaps (see Bill O'Reilly below for details) claiming that since we don't know what holds protons and neutrons together, it must be Jesus [[note]]At the time the book was published, the gluon was not proven, but was a widely accepted theory for ten years.[[/note]]
28th Jan '16 7:22:42 AM Fireblood
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* [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]]'s infamous [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/bill-oreilly-you-cant-explain-that tide argument]], which basically boils down to "I don't understand how tides work, therefore they are completely inexplicable and God exists." The O'Reilly logic proceeds as follows: 1. I'm the smartest living thing ever to grace the Earth with the imprint of his foot, therefore no one else understands anything that I don't. 2. I don't understand what causes tides. 3. Therefore no one else understands what causes tides either. 4. There is no possible explanation for the tides except.... 5. God gone done it! Thank you Jesus for giving us the miracle of tides! [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail 6. Witches burn because they are made of wood. 7. We can test for witches by seeing if they float on water.]]
** It was lated explained to him that we DO know what causes the tides (the moon's gravity) making O'Reilly retract the tide statement... [[MovingTheGoalposts only to apply the same argument to claim there is no explanation of where the moon came from]]. Just for the record, we also have a pretty good idea why the moon is up there too.

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* [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]]'s infamous [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/bill-oreilly-you-cant-explain-that tide argument]], which basically boils down to "I don't understand how tides work, therefore they are completely inexplicable and God exists." The O'Reilly logic proceeds as follows: 1. I'm the smartest living thing ever to grace the Earth with the imprint of his foot, therefore no one else understands anything that I don't. 2. I don't understand what causes tides. 3. Therefore no one else understands what causes tides either. 4. There is no possible explanation for the tides except.... 5. God gone done did it! Thank you Jesus for giving us the miracle of tides! [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail 6. Witches burn because they are made of wood. 7. We can test for witches by seeing if they float on water.]]
** It was lated later explained to him that we DO know what causes the tides (the moon's gravity) making O'Reilly retract the tide statement... [[MovingTheGoalposts only to apply the same argument to claim there is no explanation of where the moon came from]]. Just for the record, we also have a pretty good idea why the moon is up there too.
23rd Sep '15 1:16:42 AM chc232323
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* The God of the Gaps style argument is this. Its generalized form is:
--> A: Explain how X occurred by natural processes.
--> B: I don't know.
--> A: Aha! Therefore the only plausible explanation is God, and therefore, God must exist.
** B may not know because it is completely unknown, may have solid theories but be forced to admit there is uncertainty, or may even consider the problem uninteresting. "I don't know," is why we investigate the world in the first place!
11th Aug '15 11:28:20 AM Premonition45
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* OpinionMyopia and its subtropes often take this form, believing that one's opinion must be true because they know nobody who would argue otherwise.
17th Jul '15 11:27:38 PM SmartGirl333
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* [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]]'s infamous [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/bill-oreilly-you-cant-explain-that tide argument]], which basically boils down to "I don't understand how tides work, therefore they are completely inexplicable and God exists." The O'Reilly logic proceeds as follows: 1. I'm the smartest living thing ever to grace the Earth with the imprint of his foot, therefore no one else understands anything that I don't. 2. I don't understand what causes tides. 3. Therefore no one else understands what causes tides either. 4. There is no possible explanation for the tides except.... 5. God gone done it! Thank you Jesus for giving us the miracle of tides! 6. Witches burn because they are made of wood. 7. We can test for witches by seeing if they float on water.

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* [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]]'s infamous [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/bill-oreilly-you-cant-explain-that tide argument]], which basically boils down to "I don't understand how tides work, therefore they are completely inexplicable and God exists." The O'Reilly logic proceeds as follows: 1. I'm the smartest living thing ever to grace the Earth with the imprint of his foot, therefore no one else understands anything that I don't. 2. I don't understand what causes tides. 3. Therefore no one else understands what causes tides either. 4. There is no possible explanation for the tides except.... 5. God gone done it! Thank you Jesus for giving us the miracle of tides! [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail 6. Witches burn because they are made of wood. 7. We can test for witches by seeing if they float on water.]]
17th Jul '15 11:23:46 PM SmartGirl333
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* In the ChickTract BigDaddy, the protagonist invokes the GodOfTheGaps (see Bill O'Reilly below for details) claiming that since we don't know what holds protons and neutrons together, it must be Jesus [[note]]At the time the book was published, the gluon was not proven, but was a widely accepted theory for ten years.[[/note]]

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* In the ChickTract BigDaddy, "Big Daddy", the protagonist invokes the GodOfTheGaps (see Bill O'Reilly below for details) claiming that since we don't know what holds protons and neutrons together, it must be Jesus [[note]]At the time the book was published, the gluon was not proven, but was a widely accepted theory for ten years.[[/note]]
17th Jul '15 11:22:48 PM SmartGirl333
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* In the ChickTract BigDaddy, the protagonist invokes the GodOfGaps (see Bill O'Reilly below for details) claiming that since we don't know what holds protons and neutrons together, it must be Jesus [[note]]At the time the book was published, the gluon was not proven, but was a widely accepted theory for ten years.[[/note]]

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* In the ChickTract BigDaddy, the protagonist invokes the GodOfGaps GodOfTheGaps (see Bill O'Reilly below for details) claiming that since we don't know what holds protons and neutrons together, it must be Jesus [[note]]At the time the book was published, the gluon was not proven, but was a widely accepted theory for ten years.[[/note]]
22nd Jun '15 6:26:06 PM ArthurRex123
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4th Jun '15 11:23:07 PM Paranoia
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** A similar example exists with the entire state of North Dakota in the USA. It has a very low population compared to other states and very little tourism. This one started as a joke on the Simpsons as a crazy conspiracy theory spouted by a drunk Homer.
30th Mar '15 9:47:50 AM val
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* The popular argument "you cannot prove X does not exist, so it does" (or vice-versa) is the typical case. X can be {{God}}, aliens, [[GovernmentConspiracy a huge government conspiracy]], unicorns, whatever. It's more common with arguments that are harder to prove, one way or the other.

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* The popular argument "you cannot prove X does not exist, so it does" (or vice-versa) is the typical case. X can be {{God}}, aliens, [[GovernmentConspiracy a huge government conspiracy]], unicorns, whatever. It's more common with arguments that are harder to prove, one way or the other.
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