pete9058: January 2012 Archives

Andrew Peter- Blog Entry #1

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While reading chapter one, I learned a good amount about how to think more scientifically and not always trust common sense. Although the text does admit that in some cases common sense can be useful, it introduced me to ways to scientifically analyze claims before I trust my common sense. Another thing I found interesting was the difference between pseudoscience and actual science. Pseudoscience comes into play a lot in life, specifically in advertisements it seems and also claims from peers, and I never noticed it until reading this chapter. It highlights subjects that are completely unscientific that many people believe to be scientific, such as astrology, ESP, and new forms of therapy or medication. This chapter sheds light on ways to avoid pseudoscience. When one can avoid falling into pseudoscience's trap, they think more scientifically and analytically. When one can think scientifically, this chapter gives six steps to follow.

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