Comment: Personal AJ Account

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Personal AJ Account

Thank you for telling your story. As news, reports and studies are, each news piece, report and study is from the individual person. After enough individual, or independent, accounts have been collected, there is a collection. From that collection, things can be inferred. All any collection can be is a guide to understanding the things individual and independent comprising the collection.

For many reasons, your experience with AJ carries as much, and maybe more, credibility than the credibility of a renown group's study on any subject. For one reason, the group must take measure to show its study is composed of independent individuals to avert judgments of contrivance. In effect, the group must ensure its study, ironically, is that of the lone person telling his story: a person without pressure so that things are how they are, because if the opposite occurs, where things are forced, then the study is bunk and, possibly, contrived.

That aspect brings me to this word: anecdotal. I've come to see its use is to produce disbelief in the individual -- you know, the foundation of a study -- and accept (even blindly) the overall/collective inference as something that will apply to the individual. Further, while people who bring up the word anecdotal use it disparagingly, people who tell their stories don't bring up that word and don't throw a fit about whether who hears them believes them.

Thank you for telling your experience, ChristianAnarchist.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.