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  •  The problem with the approach you espouse (0+ / 0-)

    is 2 fold in my view.

    First, it amounts to de facto unilaterla disarmament in thr political fight. The GOP won;t play by your rules.

    Second, it seems wrong to me at least as a way of evaluating events. Past events and attitudes matter. They inform.

    I can;t believe past findings are irrelvant to scientific thought.

    Certainly, as a lawyer, character evidence is important.

    •  I suppose (0+ / 0-)

      On the fist point, I think part of what the political difference between the right and left is the commitment to evidence.  While the right is used ot pandering with false stereotypes, the left seeks to base judgments on evidence and reality.  While it might be seen as disarmament is you opt to use bias-driven analysis (for lack of a better term), in my estimation, engaging in it undermines the basis for the strength of ones argument.  If "both sides do it" then one isn't in a position to call out both the Republicans and the media for their sloppiness and lack of commitment to evidence.  I guess I see style here as the substance of the difference.  

      That'sprobably just a difference in preferred tactics more athan anything.  Hard to say what's better, simply because the data's so complex.

      On the second, past evidence clearly matters, but while it may inform the hypotheses, it can't relieve one of the requirement to form a null hypothesis and refute it (that is, lprove your statement by disproving the alternative that there's no effect here.).  Again, that may be just a methodological difference.

      And finally, I thought character evidence wasn't admissible so as not to bias the jury into finding a defendant guilty based on who they are, rather than what they did.  That's based on 2L classes, and the bar, since I practice admin law and never get near evidentiary rules these days!  

      and thanks for turning on a dime to have an interesting conversation!

      Courtesy Kos. Trying to call on the better angels of our nature.

      by Mindful Nature on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 03:10:53 PM PDT

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