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Star Talk Radio Episode: Pseudoscience

12 Oct 2014, 23:22 UTC
Star Talk Radio Episode: Pseudoscience
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Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Star Talk Radio" show recently conducted an episode on Pseudoscience. Most of the topics discussed were rather 'garden-variety' pseudo-science, not much overlap with the topics discussed on this blog, but it might be of more general interest.Star Talk Radio: Cosmic Queries, PseudoscienceOne of the topics discussed was an online list of cognitive biases or failures - a list of ways in which people fool themselves. Wikipedia: List of Cognitive BiasesRationalWiki: List of Cognitive BiasesThe best scientists are pretty good about checking their ideas against such biases, which is why they often devote a large part of some of their potentially more controversial papers to checks on their methodology.Meanwhile, pseudo-scientists usually just accuse mainstream scientists of group-think, and other items on this list, while never doing a serious check of their OWN biases.

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