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← Anecdote vs. fact

KenChimp's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by KenChimp

How far do we carry the flag of "Fact not Anecdote"?

What if a co-worker indicates, "On my way to the office, I was nearly run off the road by some idiot talking on their mobile phone while driving!"

Do I declare "Facts, please, not anecdote." Or "Yeah, right. And monkeys might fly out of my butt!"

Do we demand evidence only when someone is making a scientific claim through anecdote? An example would be, "I saw a grouping of lights in the sky last night that I cannot explain. I think it was a space ship of extra terrestrial origin!"

Or are we to extend our demand of facts into other spheres of experience. If so, which ones, if any, do we avoid demanding facts for?

Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:32:39 UTC | #873248