Mugged by a Monkey?

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  1. TheFrogger Valued Senior Member

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    In the television show, "How I met your Mother" Marshall Erikson claims to have been mugged by a Monkey. However if he discovers this is not true, then it does not remain true forever, and becomes a falsehood. However if he claims his mugging is true, then we must accept his claim. Was Marshall mugged by a Monkey?
     
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  3. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    My first thought was, "were you mugged by a monkey?". What is your point? There is no logic to your query. If someone says something outlandish we have to believe it unless it's later proven not to be true?

    There is no logic to that question.
     
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  5. Michael 345 Bali tonight Valued Senior Member

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    Should be fairly easy to settle

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  7. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    I happen to know they were in Clarksville at the time, so no mugging.
     
  8. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I'm not sure of your point.

    It seems to be a truism - i.e. trivially true, for any assertion.

    I once picked up a 5 dollar bill from the road.
    If this turns out not to be true then it is a falsehood.
    But as long as I claim it to be true, you must accept it.

    Am I missing something deeper?
     
  9. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    No. In fact, we should not accept his claim without evidence. We should put it in the category of "unconfirmed claims".
     
  10. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    Whether or not a claim should be accepted at face value depends on the claim. If I claim that I saw a Green Sea turtle on Hookipa Beach while visiting Maui, this is a pretty reasonable claim, as they are commonly seen there, So you shouldn't have any reason to doubt me (unless you have other information, such as knowing for a fact that I wasn't on Maui when I claimed I saw the turtle, or that I am a known pathological liar.)
    However, if I claimed to see a Green Sea turtle at 9000 ft up the side of Mauna Kea, I would have to provide some pretty irrefutable evidence before you should accept this as being true.
     
  11. TheFrogger Valued Senior Member

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    No Michael345. A monkey, not a monkee. The monkey must be considered to be innocent until proven guilty.
     
  12. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Wait, what?
    That did not go the direction I expected.

    To be clear: animals, but for a very limited few, do not have legal rights like humans.
    Animals are not innocent OR guilty; they are animals.

    If it was a captive monkey, then it is property, and the owner is liable.
    If it was a wild monkey, then it sucks to be Marshall.
     
  13. TheFrogger Valued Senior Member

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    I read somewhere that a Mexican policeman once arrested a swan on suspicion of murder.

     
  14. origin In a democracy you deserve the leaders you elect. Valued Senior Member

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    From the beginning, I thought this was a stupid thread, I now know this is a stupid thread.
     
  15. TheFrogger Valued Senior Member

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    That's what I read!
     
  16. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Citation or it didn't happen.
     
  17. TheFrogger Valued Senior Member

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    I read it in one of those "one-hundred-and-one in-credible things" books when I was a child. I also read that Belinda Carlisle was raped by a poltergeist.
     

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