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Re: Just a single Question for the Candidates

On Fri, Mar 05, 2004 at 03:08:14PM -0500, David Nusinow wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 05, 2004 at 07:58:03PM +0000, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
> True, but then what would you suggest as an alternative means of
> gathering data? Should we stick the users in a set of test tubes,
> complete with positive and negative controls? I'd rather take what
> information is out there (including my own observations, and observation
> is the most critical aspect of data gathering) and use it.

Absence of evidence is not justification for inventing evidence. If
you can't prove something, that doesn't mean you should lower the
standards for proof, it means that you can't prove it.

The anecdote presented was grossly mischaracterised and not an example
of what it claimed to be.

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