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June 21, 2005

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Tabarrok also seems to think that evidence which is available to only certain people or only if interpreted in some unproveable way counts as evidence. Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that. Either something is objectively confirmable to all parties, or it isn't evidence. If I deeply hated someone and could call my beliefs evidence, then I could claim that it's rational to want to kill them because I have evidence (i.e. a deep belief) that they are a threat to the existence of the country. But unless I can produce some reason to justify my belief, no court in the world is going to, or should, count my convictions as "evidence" or my behavior as objectively rational.

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