Howard Rheingold has been promoting what he calls crap-detection for some time. This new “kit,” from the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, does the same but concentrates the search for the bad smell in the domain of science. Want to know if a claim is believable? Ask yourself:
I used to teach this stuff years ago to my Grade 6 and 7 students in a Practical Reasoning course we ran at Island Pacific School which was founded by the forward-thinking…er, backward-thinking Dr. Ted Spear. Ted is one of the few I know who are working hard to recover the Lost Tools of Learning. Though the ancients did not have science as such, crap detection, Socrates would say, is an ancient skill.