The Evidence

Do not think that you will find truth or justice in a court of law where two sides are equally interested in telling only part of the story. That is a last and often ill-advised resort. Whenever possible, resolve issues sooner and in more constructive ways. Whenever you hear someone say, “The evidence says…,” or “The data says…,” think again. Evidence is not conclusive, in and of itself. It is subject to potentially flawed human interpretation (in biology and physics as well as in marketing and law). If evidence spoke for itself, we would not need courts and lawyers (or scientists, for that matter). We are too certain of things we don’t and sometimes can’t know.

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