Deciding whom to believe: testimony as evidence

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dc.identifier.citation Páez, A. (2011). Deciding whom to believe: testimony as evidence. A 'Standards of proof and scientific evidence'. Girona: Universitat. [Consulta 3 juny 2011]. Disponible a:
dc.description.abstract Testimony is our greatest source of belief. Most of the things we believe have been ac-quired from other people‘s words, not from evidence directly collected in the world through observation. Facts about the past or about remote places are obvious examples of testi-monial beliefs, but so are very personal facts such as the place and date of my birth, or the names of my great-grandparents. Scientific discoveries and theories are accepted by most of us on the basis of what others say. That smoking causes cancer or that the anomalies in observed galactic rotation can be explained by the theory of dark matter are claims which are impossible to verify by any one individual. In many cases I can neither imagine or understand the means by which my testimony-based beliefs could be directly verified, but I believe them nonetheless
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Universitat de Girona. Grup de Recerca en Filosofia del Dret
dc.relation.ispartofseries Standards of proof and scientific evidence
dc.rights Aquest document està subjecte a una llicència Creative Commons: Reconeixement – No comercial – Compartir igual (by-nc-sa)
dc.subject Prova (Dret) -- Congressos
dc.subject Evidence (Law) -- Congresses
dc.subject Dret -- Filosofia -- Congressos
dc.subject Law -- Philosophy -- Congresses
dc.subject Testimonis -- Congressos
dc.subject Witnesses -- Congresses
dc.title Deciding whom to believe: testimony as evidence
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/lecture

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