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'''Rational evidence''', as distinguished from [[science|scientific]] evidence or legal evidence, is any observation that can be used to [[update]] your beliefs.
 
'''Rational evidence''', as distinguished from [[science|scientific]] evidence or legal evidence, is any observation that can be used to [[update]] your beliefs.
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This notion of evidence is only useful for private [[inference]], not for any kind of political or [[adversarial process]].  At a minimum, an adversarial debate should establish a common [[standard of evidence]], so as to avoid a breakdown of useful [[deliberation]].  This is the basic  contribution of the [[science|scientific method]] and of legal evidence standards.
  
 
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Rational evidence, as distinguished from scientific evidence or legal evidence, is any observation that can be used to update your beliefs.

This notion of evidence is only useful for private inference, not for any kind of political or adversarial process. At a minimum, an adversarial debate should establish a common standard of evidence, so as to avoid a breakdown of useful deliberation. This is the basic contribution of the scientific method and of legal evidence standards.

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