Negative Evidence

"Is there any other point to which you wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night time."
"That was the curious incident"
, remarked Sherlock Holmes.

~ "Silver Blaze", by Sir Arthur Conon Doyle

Unindexed Notes/References: Delaware Trial Handbook § 20:12. NEGATIVE EVIDENCE “Negative evidence” is testimony that an alleged fact did not exist or that an alleged event did not occur. There may be in an issue in a case, for example, as to whether a bell rang or a horn sounded or whether something could or could not be seen. To prove the absence of such sight or sound, testimony may be offered by witnesses who did not see or hear the alleged sight or sound. Negative evidence is admissible if it is relevant.138 Whether it is relevant will depend on whether a witness had the opportunity to observe the event. If it is determined that the evidence is relevant and so admissible, then it becomes a question for the trier of fact to determine what weight should be given to the testimony. [PDF] How Convinced Should We Be by Negative Evidence? File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View by U Hahn - Cited by 15 - Related articles Should all arguments from negative evidence be avoided, or can a systematic ... the difference between positive and negative evidence and allows one to ... NB"Bayesian exquations [PDF] Formalization of Evidence: A Comparative Studyjournal. +1'd this publicly. Undo File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View by P Wang - 2009 - Cited by 5 - Related articles positive and negative evidence (though sometimes they are called by other ... black ravens are negative evidence, and non-ravens are irrelevant (Hempel, ... I'm reading through Michael Martin's "The Case Against Christianity" , & in the chapter on the historical jesus he puts forth what he calls the 'negative evidence principle' He outlines it as follows: A person is justified in believing that p is false if (1) all the available evidence used to support the view that p is true is shown to be inadequate and (2) p is the sort of claim such that if p were true, there would be available evidence that would be adequate to support the view that p is true and (3) the area where evidence would appear, if there were any, has been comprehensively examined

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