ignotum per ignotius


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ignotum per ignotius

(ɪɡˈnəʊtʊm pər ɪɡˈnəʊtɪʊs)
n
(Philosophy) an explanation that is obscurer than the thing to be explained
[literally: the unknown by means of the more unknown]
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The distinction made between security partners and allies is a case of ignotum per ignotius, and a distinction without a difference and a hindrance to understanding.
It should go without saying that such a miasma of star-struck musings can not be taken seriously as an explanation of the origins of religion, or of anything else, since to "explain" any human phenomenon, however remote or obscure, by the intervention of extraterrestrial aliens is merely to explain ignotum per ignotius.