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The expression anecdotal evidence has two distinct meanings.
(1) Evidence in the form of an anecdote or hearsay is called anecdotal if there is doubt about its veracity; the evidence itself is considered untrustworthy.
(2) Evidence, which may itself be true and verifiable, used to deduce a conclusion which does not follow from it, usually by generalizing from an insufficient amount of evidence. For example "my grandfather smoked like a chimney and died healthy in a car crash at the age of 99" does not disprove the proposition that "smoking markedly increases the probability of cancer and heart disease at a relatively early age". In this case, the evidence may itself be true, but does not warrant the conclusion.
The same anecdotal that sends people to jail?
when I get the flu it can replicate symptoms of schizophrenia, that doesn't mean the replication is the actual experience or event.
Originally posted by Whyhi
If you get the flu, we know what caused it, if you experience symptoms of schizophrenia, we know what caused it, if you experience "OBE" experiences, we know what caused it.
Unless you're one of the people who say "science doesn't know everything" , blaming the symptoms of the flu and schizophrenia on supernatural interference makes as much sense as blaming the "NDE" symptoms on supernatural interference.
Even if we didn't have any knowledge of what caused these symptoms, saying it's something supernatural is groundless, unreasonable and illogical given what we know about the brain.
Originally posted by AlphaZero
But we really don't know much about the brain at all. Nobody knows conclusively how thought works or where it originates from, even with our detailed knowledge of neurons and synapses. Subjective awareness, experiences and feelings are also completely unaccounted for.
[edit on 3-9-2010 by AlphaZero]
But we really don't know much about the brain at all.
Nobody knows conclusively how thought works or where it originates from, even with our detailed knowledge of neurons and synapses.