Originally Posted by Veoo
the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.
"the study finds little evidence of overt discrimination"
synonyms: proof, confirmation, verification, substantiation, corroboration, affirmation, attestation
"they found evidence of his plotting"
from your favorite dictionary, the oxford dictionary.
The sentence on oed that has those synonyms is "They found evidence of his participation in the burglary". In this sentence the burglary is the phenomenon and his participation is the hypothesis. More evidence was found to support the hypothesis, rather than a hypothesis being drawn from evidence. Also note that this a definition related to a law & order / court case scenario.
Sentence 3 on oed is equivalent to what we are talking about here, not sentence one. "The room showed evidence of a struggle"; due to the evidence in the room the hypothesis was drawn that a struggle occurred. Synonyms here: signs, indications, pointers, marks, traces, suggestions, hints.
I think youll agree that this is the meaning of evidence I was using.
I think youll also agree that this is not advancing the discussion topic, if you wish to continue this discussion feel free to P.M. me and we can continue talking about what constitutes evidence scientifically.
Edit: Or on the dictionary 1.2 matches better in this context than 1.1.
In fact you will find that 1.0 matches exactly with the law definition 1.1. But does not match with the more general definition being used by me of 1.2