From: Rick Nielsen <nilthchi.nul> Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:40:07 -0700 (PDT) Archived: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 05:24:58 -0500 Subject: Re: Abduction Story By Sammy Hagar >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:24:00 -0000 >Subject: Re: Abduction Story By Sammy Hagar >>From: Rick Nielsen <nilthchi.nul> >>Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 19:51:14 -0700 (PDT) >>To: post.nul >>Subject: Re: Abduction Story By Sammy Hagar <snip> >>Beyond the quick response that this may be just so much book >>promotion, I have a question: >>Even if superficially similar to other stories, how can >>anecdotal information be counted on? >Don't know Rick, but it certainly is, every working day in >courtrooms around the world. >Which reminds me, I'm still looking for an attribution to this >quote: "Nobody who totally rejects anecdotal evidence can ever >ethically serve on a jury." I've got it down as 'anonymous & >anecdotal'. >Personally think one can only ask - "Is the witness telling >self-perceived truth, or consciously lying?". And even if the >answer is `Yes', and the witness is a `scientist', that doesn't >guarantee anything much. >Cheers >Ray D Thanks for the reply Ray. But working in court and hearing settings on a regular basis, I have to disagree. I'm not sure where your courtroom experience is from. Mine's on the plaintiff and prosecution side of our state's superior court system. Anecdotal information is not witness testimony. Witness testimony comes from more than one source pointing to one plausible event each at one place and one time. Anecdotal information is like saying "all dogs walk single file; the one I saw did." Anecdotal information is also not evidence. Evidence is physical, plausible and repeatable. Anecdotal information is by nature subjective, unreliable, untrustworthy, undependable, and as such unacceptable. Valuing anecdotal information reeks of a rehashed religiosity or an arrogant Aristotelianism. So, can anecdotal information have any value at all? I doubt it. Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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