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the ability to identify a concept or problem, to isolate its component parts, to organize information for decision making, to establish criteria for evaluation, and to draw appropriate conclusions
re-examined post-conviction cases (individuals convicted and in prison) using DNA evidence to provide conclusive proof of guilt or innocence; found that 87% of their wrongful convictions resulted from faulty eyewitness accounts
Four ways to be a good observer
1. Make a conscious effort to examine environment systematically.
2. Turn off mental filters
3. Do not interpret or jump to conclusions
4. Photograph everything (our memories are faulty)
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