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Adopting Evidence Based Practice

Language: English Studies in English
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Evidence, broadly construed, is anything presented in support of an assertion. This support may be strong or weak. The strongest type of evidence is that which provides direct proof of the truth of an assertion. At the other extreme is evidence that is merely consistent with an assertion but does not rule out other, contradictory assertions, as in circumstantial evidence.
I wish that objections to questions as leading, might be a little better considered before they are made. It is necessary, to a certain extent, to lead the mind of the witness to the subject of inquiry. If questions are asked, to which the answer "Yes" or "No" would be conclusive, they would certainly be objectionable, but in general no objections are more frivolous than those which are made to questions as leading ones.
Lord Ellenborough, Nicholls v. Dowding and another (1815), 1 Stark. 81.
The weight of evidence for an extraordinary claim must be proportioned to its strangeness.
Laplace, Théorie analytique des probabilités, (1812)
Try if you can trap him in any question.
Dolben, J., Rex v. Green and others (1679), 7 How. St. Tr. 176.
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