RDF TV – Baloney Detection Kit – Michael Shermer


With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth? Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine lays out a “Baloney Detection Kit,” ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim.
The 10 Questions:
1. How reliable is the source of the claim?
2.Does the source make similar claims?
3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
4. Does this fit with the way the world works?
5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
6. Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim?

One thought on “RDF TV – Baloney Detection Kit – Michael Shermer

  1. I suppose we are supposed to be skeptical of everything except glo-bull warming. Hey, you peeps need to turn out your lights and wear yo jackets inside, cuz we gots to get out of this ice age.

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