Suppose I'm strolling down a residential block. As I walk past a house with a tall solid fence, I hear something on the other side barking, snarling, growling at me. I infer that what I'm hearing was produced by a dog. And to judge by the sound, it's a big dog. I'm glad there's a fence separating me from what's on the other side.
But suppose I'm a disciple of Gordon Clark. In that event, should I infer that it's a dog? Is that inference justified?
Would that be fallacious? Would that be merely my opinion?
If so, are some opinions more reasonable, more likely, more warranted than others? Do I have any better reason to infer that what I'm hearing is a dog rather than a duck, or peach tree, or iguana? Would I be equally justified or unjustified in concluding that what's on the other side of the fence is a duck, a peach tree, or an iguana–barking and snarling at me? If I conclude that any one of those candidates (dog, duck, peach tree, iguana) is producing the sound, is my inference equally arbitrary?