DIRECTOR OF THE SKEPTICS SOCIETY Michael Shermer describes his 10-point Baloney Detection Toolkit.
Shermer publishes Skeptic Magazine and is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things and The Mind of the Market.
Utility of a Baloney Detection Toolkit
A Baloney Detection Toolkit is a useful tool in a world of biases, fallacious arguments, hype cycles and spin doctors. It is a simple technique to have ‘front of mind’ when evaluating unproven claims.
10 point Baloney Detector
Video: Michael Shermer explaining the 10 points of the Baloney Detection Kit
Shermer at TED Talks gives an amusing speech on pseudoscience and odd beliefs.
Video: Michael Shermer at TED Talks “Why people believe strange things.”
Further reading at The Scientific American: