Philosophy, Statistics, and Forensic Anthropology by John ByrdJanuary 31, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Crawford Hall 115
Forensic anthropology is the practical application of biological anthropology to forensic problems. Due to its applied nature, many within and outside the profession presume that there is no theory to guide the scientific work, nor an underlying philosophy to be understood.
This presentation will pull the cover off of the scientific philosophy that underlies forensic anthropology, and show that it is both cogent and vibrant. Indeed, the philosophical foundation is the basis for all testing in forensic anthropology, and determines how statistics can be usefully brought to bear in real casework. Even in the applied world of forensic science, philosophy, theory, and method must be rigorously tied together.
Anthropology, Mānoa Campus
956-8415, Flyer for Byrd (PDF)