A friend and I, a few years back, debated how to search for truth. Since my friend was an attorney, he cited jurisprudence as the optimum path. I felt this was completely wrong because, in a criminal trial, the two people who probably know the truth are the defendant and his/her attorney and they are precisely the people who aren't required to testify. The modern system of jurisprudence is designed, it seems obvious to me if not to attorneys, to attain some ideal of “fair trial.” Uncovering the truth is a secondary goal. There are, of course, reasons that jurisprudence has evolved along these lines but they are outside the scope of this inquiry. The point is that determining “true” from “not true” is not the major thrust of our modern legal system.

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