Hierarchy of evidence

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About

The hierarchy of evidence is a ranking of different types of evidence, to be used as a guideline for determining which evidence should be considered more credible when more than one type is available.

The following list is a first pass, and should not be considered complete, definitive, or certain:

  1. hearsay
  2. intuition
  3. experience
  4. circumstantial evidence
  5. physical evidence
  6. verified hypothesis
  7. repeatedly verified hypothesis

Evidence of a higher-numbered type generally trumps evidence of a lower-numbered type.