Can it be proven beyond doubt that Santa doesn't exist

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I am not arguing Santa existence...but, how can it be proven categorically that it's impossible for Santa to exist?

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  • This is a bit of a classic example of Russell's teapot. For those of you who don't know, Bertrand Russell stated that there could exist a teapot in the orbit of Saturn, and challenged people to prove him wrong. There are two ways this can go, in my opinion. First. one can concede that there isn't any evidence for Santa's existence but also that there is none that Santa doesn't exist, your original premise. However, if you wish to scientifically claim something it must be falsifiable - you must be able to prove it incorrect. This is a key reason why Erfisflat and his merry gang's "science" is a bit silly, because one cannot falsify their views - according to Popper, this is false science. Therefore, we can conclude that we cannot claim that Santa exists if our premise is unfalsifiable, and therefore we cannot scientifically claim that Santa exists, therefore Santa does not exist.

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  • Yes it can. There is not a single present you receive any Christmas where the receipts cant be back-traced unless it's a custom-made present in which case Santa AND THE ELVES are both disproved at once. "I don't have the receipt" means nothing because if law enforcement wanted to find things out, the recepts are all fully recorded indeed.
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  • @someone234, I don't have access to all my receipts, so that wouldn't be definitive evidence.  
  • @islander507 I explained 'can' refers to law enforcement.
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