Maria Popova wrote a Brain Pickings blog post titled The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking.

In this post she summarized a chapter titled The Fine Art of Baloney Detection from Sagan’s book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.

« Through their training, scientists are equipped with what Sagan calls a “baloney detection kit” — a set of cognitive tools and techniques that fortify the mind against penetration by falsehoods… But the kit, Sagan argues, isn’t merely a tool of science — rather, it contains invaluable tools of healthy skepticism that apply just as elegantly, and just as necessarily, to everyday life. »

The post lists the 9 tools as well as 20 fallacies of logic and rhetoric.

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