Saturday, August 1, 2015

Evidence
              The most valid and reliable evidence is empirical—not based solely on intuition, assumptions, or revelation. Evidence with facts also enables you to logically justify your worldview, values, or political stance. Your judgment is often guided by intuition acquired through life experience. However, facts and empirical evidence are needed to prove a hypothesis, make a medical or legal determination, demonstrate a trend, or support virtually any argument.
              Most professions emphasize the use of valid, reliable evidence in the design of decision guidelines and best-practice policies. The validity of evidence depends on the extent to which its quality may be measured. The reliability of evidence depends on the consistency of phenomena repeated over time.
              Your deeply held opinions, views, spiritual beliefs, and truths need no evidence of validity—these personal matters are uniquely yours. You have the freedom to accept or reject evidence for personal belief or disbelief.
               Explore your gifts of both reason and creativity. Allow yourself to seek, discover, celebrate, and promote the logic of evidence-based truth.