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Undesigned Coincidences and Coherence for an Hypothesis

  • Lydia McGrew
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Abstract

Testimonial evidence that is particularly helpful to confirmation combines agreement on some content with variation of detail. I examine the phenomenon of “undesigned coincidences” from a probabilistic point of view to explain how varied reports, including those that dovetail in detail, assist confirmation of an hypothesis. The formal analysis uses recent work in probability theory surrounding the concepts of dependence, independence, and varied evidence. I also discuss the connection between these types of report connections and an hypothesis about the reliability of the sources involved.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.KalamazooUSA

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