The Baloney Detection Toolkit

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.

Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition and other confusions of our time

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.

Baloney Detection Toolkit


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:

Further Reading on Critical Thinking from Michael Shermer