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The Evidence-Observation Distinction in Observation Selection Effects

Maxwell, Matthew J. (2020) The Evidence-Observation Distinction in Observation Selection Effects. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Previous discussions of observation selection effects (OSEs) have ignored the distinction between observation and evidence. Evidence for a hypothesis, I argue, is distinct from the observation of that evidence. This shows that the fact that evidence is unobservable does not entail that the evidence does not obtain. What is required for an OSE is that evidence is guaranteed, not that counter-evidence is unobservable. With the evidence-observation distinction in hand, apparent counterexamples fail. I then show that observer perspective can change whether or not an agent is subject to an OSE, even when knowledge is shared between perspectives.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Maxwell, Matthew J.mattjmaxwell42@gmail.com
Keywords: Observation, Evidence, Observation Selection Effect
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Matthew J. Maxwell
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2020 03:21
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2020 03:21
Item ID: 17360
Subjects: General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17360

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