Basics on Having a Reasonable Conversation: Evidence

Before any conversation dealing with evidence, we must determine what good evidence actually is… 

Evidence

            There are many kinds of evidence as we all know and we instinctively know which ones are strong and which ones are weak. The strongest consists of physical things that can be confirmed beyond rationality (i.e. DNA, fingerprints, genetics, etc.). Other acceptable evidence can consist of oral and written testimony. Eyewitness testimony is actually considered the weakest form of evidence because different people observing an event commonly disagree on what it was they observed. Logically, in order to be considered an eyewitness, one must first be able to prove that the eyewitness actually existed. Accepting oral, written, and physical exhibits happens every day in courts of law, but if the evidence and witness cannot be confirmed to exist, they are considered speculation and hearsay and deemed inadmissible. Some evidence can be interpretive. If there are two or more interpretations of the evidence, one being reasonable and the other being unreasonable, you can reject the unreasonable interpretation. If there are two or more reasonable explanations of the evidence, either could be possible and further examination would be necessary to confirm the truth. These are not my standards, they are the standards of our courts of law.

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