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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Views Read Edit Fossil record. Inveterate skeptics must be given the chance to follow your reasoning, to duplicate your experiments and see if they get the same result. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.

The following are suggested as tools for testing arguments and detecting fallacious or fraudulent arguments:. External links Twitter Baponey Discord.

The Baloney Detection Kit

Never mind the consequences if the speed of light changed from fast to slow; atoms and the energy of photons would be so messed up that the early creation earth would probably fry any young earth. Based on the book “The Demon Haunted World: Meaningless question “what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?


These are all in Sagan’s words: Appeal to ignorance absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Argument from adverse consequences putting pressure on the decision maker by pointing out dire consequences of an “unfavorable” decision.

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Excluded middle – considering detecttion the two extremes in a range of possibilities making the “other side” look worse than it really is. Comments 0 Be the first to comment. Leave a Reply Name required Email required Message. Compare it fairly with the alternatives. Begging the question assuming an answer in the way the question is phrased.

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

Community Saloon bar To do list What is going on? Fiction Free Audio Books: Meaningless question “what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it’s yours. For saagan on copyright infringement please see: Slippery sloperelated to excluded middle.


Statistics of small numbers such as drawing conclusions from inadequate sample sizes.

Intelligent design is good science, because it can’t be disproved. Of course, the creationist just put a “time dilation field” around it, ,it everything is OK. Statistics of small numbers.

Ask whether the hypothesis can, at least in principle, be falsified shown to be false by some unambiguous test. Thus, God makes people happy if they go to church.

The Baloney Detection Kit

Prepared by Michael Paine 27 January Confusion of correlation and causation. It is also called “circular reasoning” or “circular logic”. Observational selection counting the hits and forgetting the misses. We’re hoping to rely on loyal readers, rather than erratic ads.

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