I found this really interesting- at a Professional Development seminar we had a whole presentation on empirical evidence and how overused and misused the term is- I see the word on her quite a bit- so I thought I would post:
Empirical evidence is not the only type of evidence
Empirical evidence is not the measure we use in our court system
Lack of empirical evidence is not proof
Empirical evaluation is not the best measure of human behavior
This was brought up as part of data based standards for kids and the dangers of the growing trend of demanding empirical evidence for everything-
Example: just because you can not "prove" a child is reading at the 4th grade level does not mean they are not- just because you can not "prove" autism in a child does not mean they are not and it is not impacting them..
Your thoughts on the over or misuse of "empirical" evidence-
Answer by momto2boys973 at 9:38 PM on Jun. 19, 2011
Answer by Dkhilly at 3:35 PM on Jun. 17, 2011
Answer by dullscissors at 4:12 PM on Jun. 17, 2011
Answer by thalassa at 4:41 PM on Jun. 17, 2011
Answer by NotPanicking at 1:12 AM on Jun. 18, 2011
Answer by 2tinyhineys at 3:42 PM on Jun. 22, 2011
It seems more to me that as it stands, this ispartly a gross oversimplification and partly a statement about quantitative data rather than the nature of emiricism.
While there are other types of evidence for other fields (in terms of philosophy, law and policy debate), scientific evidence is almost universally empirical. Empirical research is the process of the quantitative or qualitative analysis of direct observation. Different fields of science have varying techniques and expectations of what evidence is valid and how it is collected and analyze, its not like its held to the same universal standard from physics to sociology.