Lie-proof your life with Carl Sagan’s “baloney detection” checklist course of their training, scientists are equipped with a baloney-detection kit. In one chapter of his book, “The Fine Art of Baloney Detection,” Sagan laid out his method, proposing what he called “A Baloney Detection Kit,”. In the essay, a chapter from his book The Demon-Haunted World, Sagan proposes a rigorous but comprehensible “baloney detection kit”.

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This especially goes for Carl Saganbqloney the greatest science communicator of the past century or so. These are all in Sagan’s words:.

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Open Culture editor Dan Colman scours the web for the best educational media. These are all in Sagan’s words: They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.

Spin more than one hypothesis. Then think of tests by which you might systematically disprove each of the alternatives.

Ask yourself why you like the idea. Compare it fairly with the alternatives. See if you can find reasons for rejecting it. What is vague and qualitative is open to many explanations.

This convenient rule-of-thumb urges us when faced with two hypotheses that explain the data equally well to choose the simpler.

Always ask whether the hypothesis can be, at least in principle, falsified….

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You must be able to check assertions out. Inveterate skeptics must be given the chance to follow your reasoning, to duplicate your experiments and see if they baloey the same result. Comments balloney Be the first to comment. Leave a Reply Name required Email required Message. WordPress Hashcash needs javascript to work, but your browser has javascript disabled. Your comment will be queued in Akismet! We’re hoping to rely on loyal readers, rather than erratic ads.


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