Sunday, February 05, 2006

Don't Get FiLCHeD!

Consider this post as a consumer report about life in general. I’m really sick of seeing people making a living on human frailties. The late night ‘infomercials’ are an excellent example of preying on the inner most weaknesses of the masses. I think the before pictures are funny to look at, but whether it’s a pitch for hair growth or fat burning drugs, you must be critical thinkers to avoid getting ‘FiLCHeD’. What really burns me is not so much the fact that people are paying money to these ‘quacks’, but some ‘products’ could cause serious physical, and in the case of mediums, psychics, and parapsychologists, emotionally damaging. I found an article in ‘The Skeptical Inquiry’ that can help. The article, ‘A Field guide to Critical thinking’, by James Lett, presents a set of rules used to get beyond all of the junk science that is out there.

I hope you read the entire article. It can be used to settle just about any argument. It taught me to use the rule of honesty to admit when proven wrong, and to realize that new evidence can always be discovered.

For further reading on logic and scientific theory please read the following. I consider these as essential reading for anyone with a burden of proof. “If you’re gonna talk, back it up.” – Joey Porter, Pittsburgh Steelers

Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science – The Cronicle of Higher Education

Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection – The Demon Haunted World

How to Bash Pseudoscience – The Blatant Opportunist (pdf)

The Logical Fallacies Index – Stephens’ Guide to Logical Fallacies

A Field Guide to Critical Thinking – The Skeptical Inquiry Magazine


Blogger JDHURF said...

Excellent post, I have Sagans Deamon Haunted World (great book) and I love the Skeptical Inquirer. Isn’t it odd that, especially in the media, psuedoscience receives more attention than real science? This phenomena is certainly one of the causes for the scientifically illiterate society that we have and are encouraging, it’s a real shame.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006 3:06:00 PM  
Blogger Stardust said...

jd - it's sad how little attention people pay to real science like what is going on at NASA, etc. And now all the funding is being cut for programs like the Cassini and Stardust mission and they are being put into "hibernation" till later dates in the distant future. Lots of programs are now on hold. This is quite sad and quite a setback to society. But what does that matter to people who believe they are going to the pearly gates community in another realm?

Friday, February 10, 2006 9:20:00 PM  
Blogger Stardust said...

Great blog by the way, Rusko! :-)

Friday, February 10, 2006 9:21:00 PM  
Blogger Rusko Elvenwood said...


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