Brian Neal Clyne wrote:
> how certain are you this is a real event?
That's a very good point. It didn't occur to me that it could be fake.
I call myself out on committing an "Argument from Authority" fallacy.
The authority being the websites I listed, of course.
Because we're atheist, please indulge me and review my tentative "proof of existence" for the Reason Rally event:
(a) Evidence#1: YouTube clip www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjU_J7VOIjM
(b) The clip at (a) features David Silverman, president of the American Atheist group
(c) Evidence#2: YouTube clip www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XEgkViLbTk
(d) In the clip at (c) you can see David engaged with Bill O'Reilly in the famous "tide goes in, tide goes out" debate
One can find plenty of clips with David Silverman being referred to as president of the American Atheist group.
I hope that at this point we have successfully established that David Silverman's identity is legitimate.
(e) In the clip at (a), David talks about the Reason Rally, although he does not offer a date and place
(f) The clip at (a) features date and place in the bottom-right corner
(g) However, (f) could easily be forged, e.g. by pasting the logo to an older clip, so we cannot rely on (f) as a conclusion
(h) In the clip at (a), behind David you can see mentioning of the American Atheist group website: www.atheists.org
I hope that at this point we can conclude that www.atheists.org
is a legitimate website.
That comes from finding David's identity legitimate, and from (h).
I do realize that as in (g), one could still argue that (h) could also be forged.
However, this is much harder to achieve than forging (f).
I do realize that (h) is my weak point.
(i) Evidence#3: website www.atheists.org
(j) Website at (i) features the same logo from (f) with date and place
(k) Clicking on the logo at (j) takes you to website www.reasonrally.org
where the Reason Rally is extensively advertised
PS: I just added all of the above as a reply to my own original post on meetup.com
I just find it funny enough to be preserved for posterity (anyone who hasn't seen the "tide goes in/out" debate, you have to check it out!).
There's also a bit of narcissism on my part involved, undoubtably.