Intro.9.3.Ch.1.post

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Six Flags of Scientific Thinking Extraordinary Claims requires extraordinary evidence Ordinary Evidence: Self-report of Personal beliefs and experiences Suitable for: Measuring beliefs in the paranormal Extraordinary Evidence: Biological specimen or numerous observations by neutral parties Suitable for: Arguing the existence of a spirit, demon, alien, etc. Ordinary Claim Extraordinary Claim
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Falsifiability Testing psychic abilities Non-falsifiable: a medium’s report from a deceased loved one Falsifiable: ESP accuracy in a task Psychological Theories Nonfalsifiable: Carl Jung’s notion of archetypes and collective unconscious http://www.pacifica.edu/dp_pt_theory.html Falsifiable: People who report more paranormal beliefs/experiences report more of a sense of global doom.
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Occam’s Razor (aka, “parsimony”) The Queen Mary: Is a banging noise due to. . (A) a haunting--requires many unverified
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