Yes, In Many Cases The Absence of Evidence IS Evidence Of Absence

The argument that some nut-job theory should be believed because “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” is totally stupid

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  • Was the bar crowded or almost empty?
  • Was the bartender alert or half asleep?
  • Did the people at the bar have a reason to lie about not seeing the defendant?
  • Did the defendant huddle in the corner or get into a noisy argument?
  • Was the bar quiet or was everyone watching a game on the TV?
  • Were there surveillance cameras operating that would have recorded the defendant if he were there?”
  • 1) Almost 700,000 CCTV cameras surveil the city of London twenty-four hours a day.
  • 2) These camera feeds are constantly monitored and the recordings are saved for some material period of time.
  • 3) London is a heavily populated city.
  • 4) An overwhelming percentage of London’s population carries a cell phone that has a camera
  • 1) Portions of Oregon are heavily wooded and unpopulated
  • 2) Sasquatch are reputed to be timid, solitary creatures who actively avoid human beings
  • 3) There are no comprehensive surveillance networks covering these wilderness areas
  • 4) There has not been a massive, coordinated effort that could be expected to so thoroughly search several thousand acres that it would be likely to obtain photos of sasquatch if he/she actually existed

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David Grace

Graduate of Stanford University & U.C. Berkeley Law School. Author of 16 novels and over 400 Medium columns on Economics, Politics, Law, Humor & Satire.