chapter  7
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INVALID OBJECTIONS AGAINST THE DOOMSDAY ARGUMENT

It would probably not be an exaggeration to say that I have encountered over a hundred objections against DA in the literature and in personal com­ munication, many of them mutually inconsistent. Even merging those objec­ tions that use the same basic idea would leave us with dozens of distinct and often incompatible explanations of what is wrong with DA. The authors of these refutations frequently seem extremely confident that they have dis­ covered the true reason why DA fails, at least until a doomsayer gets an opportunity to reply. It is as if DA is so counterintuitive (or threatening?) that people reckon that every criticism must be valid.