Saturday, July 09, 2011

The Difference Between Possible and Reasonable

I think there is a problem in our judicial sense that people fail to grasp and unfortunately it is a math problem that will most likely go unsolved. In criminal cases one has to prove someone did something beyond a reasonable doubt. Not a possible doubt.

For example there exists a possibility that alien life exists and they came down to this planet and stole my lunch out of the fridge at work. It is possible that my lunch fell into a spontaneously created worm hole and ended up in some other dimension.

Because anything is possible in theory…. An event that has a .000000000000000000000000000000001 probability of happening is still possible but it is not reasonable. The uncomprehending of this mathematical situation has some weird consequences especially when it comes to the judicial system.


Bill From Gainesville said...

Sounds like you are reflecting on the Anthony verdict

Rocketstar said...

I think this point you are making is illustrated in the Casey Anthony case. She was not charged with "PROBABLY killing her child", she was charged with killing her child.

Oh, just noticed Bill had the same thought.