Lie-proof your life with Carl Sagan’s “baloney detection” checklist course of their training, scientists are equipped with a baloney-detection kit. Based on the book “The Demon Haunted World: Science as a candle in the dark” published by Headline, The following are suggested as tools for testing. The Fine Art of Baloney Detection is an essay by Carl Sagan in his constitutes what Sagan very politely calls a “Baloney Detection Kit.

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Compare it fairly with the alternatives. Intelligent design is good science, because it can’t be disproved. But we’re not sure. So it is with evolutionwhich also is host to minor disagreements as to how it happened, e. Excluded middle, or false dichotomy. Assuming a current trend has remained constant throughout its history and will continue to do so in the future, even though no evidence suggests such an extrapolation is justified.

Open Culture editor Dan Colman scours the web for the best educational media. In other words, is it testable? Community Saloon bar To do list What is going on? This assumes the answer to the question. Observational selection counting the hits and forgetting the misses. To support Open Culture’s continued operation, please consider making a donation.

Arguments from authority carry little weight in science there are no “authorities”. Saying that because the implications of a statement being true would create negative results, it must not be true.

We refer the reader to the Answers in Genesis page on the non-constant speed of light. Misunderstanding the nature of statistics President Eisenhower expressing astonishment and alarm on discovering that fully half of all Americans have below average intelligence!


The Baloney Detection Kit

Weasel words – for example, use of euphemisms for war such as “police action” to get around limitations on Presidential powers. Slippery slope – also a subset of excluded middle – unwarranted extrapolation of the effects give an inch and they will take a mile.

Spin more than one hypothesis – don’t simply run with the first idea that caught your fancy. This might be Skepticism. Argument from adverse consequences. Ignorance about central statistical assumptions and the definition of metrics. The Wisdom of Carl Sagan Animated. Fiction Free Audio Books: Meaningless question “what happens when an irresistible force detectiln an immovable object?

Science as a candle in the dark” published by Headline, Ad hominem – attacking the arguer and not the argument. Non sequitur – “it does not follow” – the logic falls down. Always ask whether detectiob hypothesis can be, at least in principle, falsified….

The reason that most Christian geologists can’t see it is the same, plus the fact that they have believed the scientific establishment more than the Bible that they claim to believe is the inspired, inerrant Word of God.

This occurs when a statement has an unproven premise. At this rate, according to the time-frame supposed by evolution, the field would have originally been so powerful as to render earth inhospitable. Ask whether the hypothesis can, at sagann in principle, be falsified shown to be false by some unambiguous test.

For concerns on copyright infringement please see: In this essay, he gives advice for devising conclusions, as well as advice for avoiding logical and rhetorical fallacies. Astonishment when confronted with the fact that half of all people have an IQ belowa value that was defined as the median score in the first place. Confusion of correlation and balonry.


The Baloney Detection Kit

Additional issues are Conduct control experiments – especially “double blind” experiments where the person taking measurements is not aware of the test and control subjects. Weasel words sagah for example, use of euphemisms for war such as “police action” to get around limitations on Presidential powers. Post hoc, ergo propter hoc. People who go to church are happier than others. Thus, God makes people happy if they go to church.

Arguably, “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. This lit was last modified on 7 Julyat Check for confounding factors – separate the variables.

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If there is a chain of argument every link in the chain must work. See if you can find reasons for rejecting it. Arguments from authority carry little weight in science there are no “authorities”.

Sagan makes a few suggestions about the “tools” a skeptic should keep ready in their Baloney Detection Kit.

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