Sunday, May 19, 2019

UFOs, Science and Pseudoscience

UFOs, Science and Pseudoscience

     How do the first UFO sightings of the modern era hold up when viewed through Carl Sagan's "baloney detection kit" from his book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark?
By Marcia Wendorf


In the book, Sagan described what he called his "baloney detection kit," which consisted of constructing a reasoned argument and recognizing a fallacious one. To identify a fallacious argument, Sagan suggested utilizing these six steps:
1. Independent confirmation of facts
2. Debate
3. Development of different hypotheses
4. Quantification
5. The possibility of falsehood
6. Occam's razor.

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