I’ve had the opportunity, some decades ago, to become aware of the value, with regard to any topic that a person can imagine, of the value of evidence.
Different people arrive at an attunement with regard to the value of evidence, according to their own particular journeys. I guess we can add that for some of us, the value of evidence is not self-evident. In that case, we are devoted to the appeal of truthiness.
I haven’t provided links to any of the above-noted terms, such as evidence and truthiness, but the links are are available, through the internal search engine at this website.
Because of my interest in the value of evidence, the distinction between rhetoric and reality became a major source of interest to me.
I’ve also aware, as many people are, of how the fabrication of evidence, in any of the wide range of situations where it can occur – as in scams and scamming – warrants close attention.
Evidence has value to the extent it is solid, verifiable, and corroborated by other solid evidence.
With regard to the latter topic, a Dec. 9, 2014 CBC The Current article is entitled: “David McCallum exonerated after 29 years, thanks to two Canadians.”
Another Dec. 9, 2014 CBC The Current article that is of interest – in particular the reference to Franz Kafka, whose work (often addressing the nature and misuse of perceptual evidence) is also a key focus for the work of David Lynch – is entitled: “Don Tapscott revisits ‘The Digital Economy’, his internet predictions.”
A Dec. 10, 2014 item at CBC concerns “slow journalism.”
An introduction to the topic at the CBC The Current website reads:
Wednesday, December 10th
- Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Paul Salopek is taking the concept of “slow journalism” to a whole new speed. He’s tracing the path of human migration out of Africa, across the Middle East, Asia and the Americas on foot… telling the stories of the people he meets along the way. He expects the journey to take 7 years. Anna Maria Tremonti catches up with him at the end of his second year, as he passes through the Middle East and some of the most war-torn parts of the world.
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A Jan. 8, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Dr. Oz, The Doctors’ TV advice not always supported by evidence: Review of shows by Alberta doctors concludes people need to be skeptical.”
A Feb. 8, 2016 CBC article is entitled: “Motherisk scandal highlights risk of deferring to experts without questioning credentials: Lab’s flawed hair testing echoes Charles Smith scandal, with similarly devastating effects.”
A Feb. 10, 2016 Guardian article is entitled: “Opinion vs facts: why do celebrities so often get it wrong? Celebrities often make wildly inaccurate claims and comments to millions of people. But the workings of our minds mean we’re all prone to such behaviour.”
A Feb. 22, 2016 New York Tims article is entitled: “For Mark Willenbring, Substance Abuse Treatment Begins With Research.”
A June 18, 2016 Globe and Mail article is entitled: “Who needs the truth in this post-factual world?’
An Aug. 24, 2016 Poynter article is entitled: “The more partisan your online media diet, the less likely you are to believe fact-checkers.”