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Sunday, January 1, 2017

WHAT A SHAME- A look at the low points in the modern media. PSEUDOSCIENCE ON TELEVISION- LOGIC AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD NEED NOT APPLY. PT 16.


So What Should You Look For, in Identifying PSEUDOSCIENCE PROGRAMMING?  What can Tip You Off that what follows on the TV Screen may not be Genuine Science, Real Research, or Lacks any real Intellectual Depth?
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Well, There are a Few Red Flags that may become apparent Quite 
quickly, and others that are more subtle.  

Lets Take a Look.

#1-  SHOW PROMOTES THE FOLLOWING:
"NEW INFORMATION THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING."

Sorry to Disappoint Those who sit on the Edge of Their Seat, waiting
for THE REAL TRUTH TO BE EXPOSED, BUT THIS IS JUST A 
SIMPLISITIC PLOY TO LURE IN VIEWERS.

Contrary to what your Told on the Screen, Genuine Discoveries 
are not made by individuals who are lucky enough to be holding a Camera 
at the Time.

UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTES EMPLOY BIOLOGISTS,
ANTHROPOLOGISTS, ARCHAEOLOGISTS ETC, WHO INVESTIGATE
POSSIBLE "CREDIBLE" EVIDENCE THAT IS STUDIED, ANALYZED,
AND SUBJECTED TO PEER REVIEW.  A TENTATIVE HYPOTHESIS 
IS OFFERED THAT BEST EXPLAINS THE AVAILABLE DATA.

Does this Mean that Someone Unaffiliated with Academia should be Ignored?
Of course not. Many People Enjoy the Intellectual Thrill and Challenge of 
Finding New Things That Will Increase Mankinds Knowledge and Understanding
of Science and History.  History is full of examples OF NON- PROFESSIONALS
WORKING OUTSIDE OF ACADEMIA MAKING VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS.

HOWEVER, ALL ARE SUBJECT TO THE SAME STANDARDS THAT ARE
EXPECTED OF ACADEMIA.  THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING;

-  PROPER RESEARCH STANDARDS AND PROTOCOLS,
   THAT COULD PREVENT SKEWED AND UNRELIABLE DATA.
   
-  THE RULES OF LOGIC AND THE
   SCIENTIFIC METHOD.

-  PROPER HANDLING, ANALYSIS 
   AND AVAILABILITY OF EVIDENCE
   TO OTHERS FOR EVALUATION.

In other words, Non- Academics with a genuine Appreciation and Desire to seek answers that can stand up to proper scrutiny.Television Appearances do not excuse SLOPPY METHODOLOGY, DECEPTIONS, AND OUTRIGHT LIES.  FURTHER, TRYING TO EXPLAIN A CONCEPT OR SUBJECT THAT YOU CLEARLY DON'T UNDERSTAND JUST MAKES YOU LOOK FOOLISH.

IF YOU WANT TO ENTERTAIN YOUR AUDIENCE, AT THE PRICE
OF FINDING ACTUAL ANSWERS THAT STAND UP TO SCRUTINY,
GO FOR IT.  JUST DON'T CALL YOURSELF A RESEARCHER DOING
REAL SCIENCE, BECAUSE YOUR NOT FOOLING ANYONE.