PHI 210 Week 6 Discussion Identifying Truth or Fiction


“Identifying Truth or Fiction”

Please respond to the following:

The  video clip ‘The Baloney Detection Kit’ in the Webtext this week  discusses the many ways in which an effective critical thinker assesses  the claims made by others.

Carefully  define the terms ‘science’ and ‘pseudoscience’. Thoroughly explain the  difference between them and provide your references.

Make sure to distinguish ‘pseudo-science’ from just plain falsehoods or fairytales.

Also, give at least one example of what counts as science, and of what counts as pseudoscience. Explain how you can tell the difference. How do we know when a claim counts a pseudoscience? How can you tell that a claim is truly a scientific claim?

Are there any pseudo-scientific claims that you hold? If yes, why is it? 

Determine at least two (2) ways in which the material discussed this week has changed your own thinking.

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