Reliable Knowledge

We have facts and now we have alternate facts. Apparently some people don’t appreciate what constitutes reliable knowledge, or even that knowledge comes in degrees of certainty. Reliability is merely an expression of certainty. We’re MORE certain of knowledge if it: Comes from sound evidence. Makes sense with how the universe works. Isn’t based on […]

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Who Can I Believe?

If you can test something yourself, that’s the best source. You can believe yourself *BUT*, realize the power of bias. We are the easiest to fool if we are trying to validate our own understanding rather than really test it. Test a claim using methods that others will use who question the claim. Otherwise they’ll […]

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Baloney Detection Kit

Reliable knowledge is important. I saw how fragile it is, and how often nonsense gets pedalled after getting into paramotoring (see FootFlyer.com) and seeing just out how much misinformation was out there. Only a couple years in revealed that much of what was taught regarding safety was wrong. I’d get bits and pieces of good […]

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What is SOUND Evidence?

So you fancy yourself a critical thinker. You get the importance of basing knowledge on evidence, but what constitutes GOOD evidence? Nearly everyone says they have evidence for all manner of claims. But evidence comes in degrees of quality, of certainty. See also the¬†Baloney Detection Kit Evidence by Strength Here’s a way to rank evidence. […]

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