Confirmation

[Revised entry by Vincenzo Crupi on March 4, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Human cognition and behavior heavily relies on the notion that evidence (data, premises) can affect the
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[Revised entry by Vincenzo Crupi on March 4, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Human cognition and behavior heavily relies on the notion that evidence (data, premises) can affect the credibility of hypotheses (theories, conclusions). This general idea seems to underlie sound and effective inferential practices in all sorts of domains, from everyday reasoning up to the frontiers of science. Yet it is also clear that, even with extensive and truthful evidence available, drawing a mistaken...

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