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Dogma is Never Wrong. What About Science?

“There is no room for Dogma in Science” –J Robert Oppenheimer Yet, sadly, it exists. Question: What is the difference between Science and Dogma? Short Answer: The simplest and clearest way to distinguish them is that Dogma declared facts are … Continue reading

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Requesting Definitions or Evidence Carries no Burden of Proof (and Bayesian Analysis’ Fatal Flaw)

I treasure my lifetime subscription to Skeptical Inquirer magazine. I’ve probably learned more about evaluating scientific claims from reading it over the past several decades than from any other single source. Recently, along with the typical torrent of terrific articles … Continue reading

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Doublespeak – Fact Manipulation

“Quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur“ (meaning — incomprehensiblity is no reason for you to take an idea seriously) Doublespeak is the use of words to misleadingly hide, disguise, inflate or reverse unpleasant meaning, or meaninglessness. The Four Kinds of … Continue reading

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Logical Fallacies Do Not Require Intent

Some people mistakenly believe that a logical fallacy requires an intent to deceive. The truth is — “The logical nature of a fallacy is independent of the intention of the party using it.” From — “The science of logic; an … Continue reading

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Hyper-Certainty Principle

Hyper-Certainty Principle: “Data quality and quantity is inversely related to advocacy certainty and ferocity.” -David Dilworth, 2008 Hyper-certainty is a cognitive bias which arises when less or weaker data inspires stronger advocacy than more or stronger data. This is dramatically … Continue reading

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Welcome

“Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control.” – Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions Here you will find here a growing body of articles helping you to make strong credible … Continue reading

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