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EVALUATING YOUR EVIDENCE/SUPPORTING DETAILS Four Types of Evidence: Anecdotal Evidence; Testimonial Evidence; Statistical Evidence; Analogical Evidence Anecdotal Evidence ~ Usually very weak 'positive' evidence ~ Description of one, or a small number of specific instances, presumably of the same type, general nature, or structure. Better used as 'negative' evidence; as counterexamples An anecdote (story of someone’s experience) is one sort of example. How does anecdotal evidence really work? Obviously an anecdote, or another kind of example, cannot prove a general statement, so avoid treating a single case as proving a general point. On the other hand, a single anecdote or counterexample is alone sufficient to disprove a general statement. One successful anecdote will show that one must modify one's claim. An anecdote will not count as weighty evidence, however, either in support of or in opposition to a more limited, narrower claim, which is not intended to apply generally. Testimonial Evidence
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