On Evidence

By Barton D. Thurber.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Evidence in scientific inquiry involves a number of requirements, usually aimed at limiting, allowing for or removing any kind of doubt, bias, subjectivity or cultural predisposition from the results so that, in principle, any paradigmatic experimental result can be duplicated by others. The goal is to present relevant findings as unambiguously as possible. In the humanities, by contrast, “evidence” can take on a number of different colorings, which are not only ambiguous in themselves but predictably contingent, culturally marked and short-lived, in that cultures and individuals within them are dynamic, however constrained they may be in other ways. However, surprising similarities emerge when these two (as well as other) ways of knowing are examined.

Keywords: Knowing, Culture, Evidence, Experiment, Science, Humanities

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.265-272. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 501.677KB).

Dr. Barton D. Thurber

Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA

Barton Thurber received his BA from Stanford University and his AM and PhD degrees from Harvard. He has been a professor at the University of San Diego for 30 years, writing and teaching on issues relating to the sciences, digital technologies and the humanities.