Saturday, January 04, 2014

Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit

Interesting post in Brain Pickings by Maria Popova on how to detect baloney when you hear it, drawn from the twelvth chapter of Carl Sagan and  book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.

Nine tools for examining new ideas are given. In addition, nine tools are given to protect against our beliefs being manipulated.

The tools seem quite rational, and someone who regularly uses them to examine new ideas should be well ahead of the game.

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