Category Archives: Scientific method

Sagan’s baloney detection rules

by Judith Curry

On this 80th anniversary of Carl Sagan’s birthday.

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Words of wisdom from Charles Lyell

by Judith Curry

We are also told of general catastrophes and a succession of deluges, of the alternation of periods of repose and disorder, of the refrigeration of the globe, and of the sudden annihilation of whole races of animals and plants, and other hypotheses, in which we see the ancient spirit of speculation revived, and a desire manifested to cut, rather than patiently to untie, the Gordian knot. – Charles Lyell

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Why scientists should talk to philosophers

by Judith Curry

The divorce between philosophers and scientists is fairly recent.  Its time for a reconciliation.

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The sociology of correlation and causation

by Judith Curry

Correlation doesn’t imply  causation.

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Evidence of absence versus absence of evidence

By Judith Curry

Does global warming make extreme weather events worse?

 

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Habits of a complex mind

by Judith Curry

How to go from reductionist thinking to action based complexity research. 

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Magical theories

by Judith Curry

[W]e have a field of sort-of-science in which hypotheses are treated as facts because they’re too hard or expensive to test, and there are so many hypotheses that what journalists like to call “leading authorities” disagree with one another daily. – Gary Taubes

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