The Baloney Detection Kit
Ever wonder if you’re being fed a load of baloney?
Well, it’s no longer a problem with The Baloney Detection Kit thanks to our beloved Carl Sagan!
In this episode of the Mighty Cast, we cover critical questions you should ask before:
- Doing exercises your PT recommends that seem a bit silly
- Buying any kind of supplement whatsoever
- Sharing a position that you haven’t questioned yet
- Using Occam’s razor to choose between competing explanations
- The importance of falsifiability
And all kinds of other geeky goodness that will save you a bunch of time, money & effort once you’ve learned how to train your brain to detect BALONEY!
Listen to Mighty Cast 48
Michael Shermer’s Baloney Detection Kit
Feynman on the Scientific Method
COSMOS Playlist on YouTube
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by: Carl Sagan
“A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.” *Los Angeles Times
“POWERFUL . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.” *The Washington Post Book World
How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.
Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today’s so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.