Quality of evidence

A reader asked…

(referring to my assertion that 99.99% of chronology claims for the year of Mahabharata war fall into ‘superficial manipulative’ category)

What made these claims (of 125+ Mahabharata researchers) fall into this unfortunate category (superficial manipulative)?

My response…

Initially, I wrote down, in responding to this reader, that there were different reasons why all of these claims fell into this ‘scientific sounding but otherwise irrational/illogical category’.  On a second thought, I realized I was unnecessarily sugar coating the truth.

Our reader’s question can be succinctly answered by the following quote of Shri Nassim Nicholas Taleb:

“When you develop your opinions on the basis of weak evidence, you will have difficulty interpreting subsequent information that contradicts these opinions, even if this new information is obviously more accurate.”

― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable


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