On 2001-12-11 17:57, Wiley wrote:
Many people have added to Michael Shermer's list, and I think it's time we pause and review our current list.
The original ten questions of balogna detection are (as summarized by Grapes):
1. How reliable is the claimant?
2. Do they make similar claims?
3. Are the claims verified by others?
4. How does it fit with other knowledge?
5. Have they tried to disprove it?
6. How does the preponderance of evidence compare?
7. Have accepted rules of reason been followed?
8. Is the claim just a denial of an existing explanation?
9. Is the new claim better than the old explanation?
10. Are the claimant's personal beliefs involved?
The addenda to this list currently stands as
11. Does the claimant allege a conspiracy against the claim? (GoW)
12. Does the claimant appeal to common sense?(GoW)
13. Does the claimant use a lot of smiley faces? (GoW)
14. Does the claimant use the caps shift key excessively? (Lambert)
15. Does the claimant brag about not understanding "that gobblygook"? (GoW)
I suggest the following:
16. Are the claims actually testable?
17. Does the claimant seek special dispensation from congress?
18a. Does the claimant compare himself to Einstein?
18b. Does the claimant continually remind us the Einstein was a patent clerk?
19a. Is the claimant selling something?
19b. Are there associated infomercials?
Comments, suggestions, and benevolent criticisms are welcome.