"It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from WEAPONRY to LIVINGRY."
- Buckminster Fuller (h/t Suzy Waldman)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

BS detection resources

I just want to point out that H E Taylor has a remarkable list of resources about the BS detection problem that I discussed recently.

In particular he points us to this book:

The Borderlands of Science:
Where Sense meets nonsense

Michael Shermer
Oxford University Press 2001
ISBN: 019-514326-4

From Shermer's own website:
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University.


Marion Delgado said...

Penn Jillette's devotion to Shermer's brand of Randite cultism didn't keep him from becoming a climate denialist - it pushed him in that direction.

Who does more harm in the world? Believers in pyramid power, or believers in Invisible Hands?

Arthur said...

Shermer was a global warming skeptic himself for quite some time - until just a few years ago, if I recall correctly.

Anna Haynes said...

> "Shermer was a global warming skeptic himself...until just a few years ago"


Shermer publicly recanted right before holding "an international conference on the science and politics of the environment at Caltech June 2 to 4, 2006" - www.environmentalwars.org
- featuring John Stossel and Michael Crichton as special guests.

(I was curious and poked around a bit - and found the Skeptic Society's 2006 tax return is missing from Guidestar, which seemed odd; but the IRS says it _was_ filed.)

Anna Haynes said...

...and Shermer is on the Board of Scientific and Policy Advisors of the American Council on Science and Health.