Category Archives: Fact Evaluation

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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“Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control.” – Noam Chomsky, Necessary Illusions I would add – citizens of Tyrannical societies do not have the luxury of learning such … Continue reading

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