Anecdotal vs Research Based Evidence

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An anecdote is essentially a short story about an interesting or relevant event that happened to someone. Anecdotal evidence is when, rather than providing evidence based on scientific research, statistics, or experimentation, personal stories related to a similar topic are collected and offered as evidence.

An example of this would be a friend of yours discouraging you from patronizing a local grocery store by telling you the story of how they thought they were treated rudely by the manager when reporting on an employee not rushing to wash their hands after coughing on them. Though usually compelling (it can be hard to disregard a good story), anecdotal evidence is not necessarily the most reliable source of information.

For your initial posting, discuss why you think anecdotal evidence is hard to ignore, and then provide an explanation of why it can be unreliable.

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Juniper
School: Duke University

Hello buddy, kindly find your paper attached below. Let me know what you think. Thank you

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Anecdotal Evidence
Given that we are social animals, we are wired naturally to think anecdotally as opposed
to thinking scientifically. This underlies the reason I think anecdotal evidence is hard to ignore.
We are likely to speedily believe in a story told by a person we know as the basis of evide...

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Anonymous
Excellent job

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