"absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" (antedated to 1895)

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sun Jun 27 15:55:24 UTC 2010

The Glacialists' Magazine v. 3 pt. 3 Dec. 1895, "On the Occurrence of Scandinavian Boulders in England" by Thomas Sheppard, p. 132 :

Even if no moraine existed, it does not follow that there was no Ice-sheet: it has been remarked by Mr. Dugald Bell that "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."

Stephen Goranson


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