Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit

I believe this is a very useful tool for evaluating all the various health claims you encounter:

Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit

The health world is currently plagued by misinformation and pseudoscience. But with the Baloney Detection Kit, it should be easier to separate fact from fiction. 

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One response to “Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit

  1. Carl Sagan was one of my role models and heroes; his untimely death deprived the world of one of the most effective spokespersons for science. Thank you for posting this piece; it’s one I hadn’t previously encountered. While absolutely correct to warn about health scams and quackery, he isn’t, however, able to explain the placebo effect. Most of us have encountered it; placebos have a niggling habit of ‘working’ far more often than they should. One example I can offer: for years I successfully treated nettle stings with dock leaves, until it was demonstrated that what I mistook to be dock was in fact the leaf of horseradish. Of course it never worked again.

    Interesting blog you’re running; all the best with it.

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