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Sources of Knowledge Intuition Accept your own personal judgement or a story about one person’s experience Authority Accept on faith the arguments of a person of ‘authority’ Logic and Reason Use 1 or 2 premises to support an argument which is then stated as a fact Observations and Experience Empiricism : learning things through direct observation or experience and reflection on those experiences Are observations and reflections a valid way of testing the veracity of a phenomena? Skeptic 101 Thinking Errors Testimonials and Anecdotes: Compelling but Misleading As social animals we are interested in the personal stories of others Stats are boring Our understanding of stats is limited Confirmation Biases Tendency to search out and acknowledge information that supports your belief while ignoring or underestimating the importance of contrary information Remember the hits and forget the misses We don’t want to believe in chance/coincidences
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