The Baloney Detection Kit: A Point Checklist for Science Literacy and Skeptic Magazine editor Michael Shermer — a point checklist for. Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine lays out a “Baloney Detection Kit,” ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim. Baloney Detection. How to draw boundaries between science and pseudoscience. By MICHAEL SHERMER. When lecturing on science and pseudoscience at.
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A world of information. With all this information bombarding us from all directions, how do we discern which claims are misinformation, which are bogus, and which are true?
In this interesting video, which in my opinion should be required watching for everyone at least several times in their shetmer, Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine provides us with a “Baloney Detection Kit” — ten questions we should ask when encountering any claim.
Interestingly, these ten questions look remarkably like what science isbut take a look for yourself and tell me what you think:. How reliable is the source of the claim? Does the source make similar claims?
Have the claims been verified by somebody else? Does this fit with the way the world works?
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Has anyone tried to disprove the claim? Where does whermer preponderance of evidence point? Is the claimant playing by the rules of science? Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
Baloney Detection Kit
Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory? Are personal beliefs driving the claim? It always surprises me to realise how many people have bqloney completely alien idea of what science actually is.
Basically, science is a process that looks like this. Only after many tests of the same hypothesis conducted by lots of different people around the world have been unable to disprove that hypothesis, is it accepted as a theory.
Baloney Detection Kit
Unlike what many people think, science is not all about expensive equipment, it’s all about the critical thinking that underlies all that stuff, it’s the questions about the world that are inspired by simply looking around and wondering why things are the way they are but read this commentary by Nobel Prize winner, Sir Peter Medawar [ free PDF ] and read this discussion.
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News Science Science and scepticism. Baloney Detection Kit With all this information coming at us from all directions, how can we tell what’s true? Interestingly, these ten questions look remarkably like what science isbut take a look for yourself and tell me what you think: Basically, science is a process that looks like this; observing a particular phenomenon carefully thinking critically about those observations formulating a hypothesis to explain those observations making predictions to test that hypothesis testing those hypotheses and observing what happens revising the hypothesis to fit the resulting data observations obtained from previous tests of that hypothesis Only after many tests of the same hypothesis conducted by lots of different people around the world have been unable to disprove that hypothesis, is it accepted as a theory.
Okay, true, science also depends upon a fair amount of obsession as well. Here’s an informative and well-done video that presents these points: We have switched off comments on this old version of the site. To comment on crosswords, please switch over to the new version to comment.