Evidence

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Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosphy and Culture
Sokal, Alan
Book
2008
Exposes the faulty thinking and outright nonsence of the postmodernist critique of science, which asserts that facts, truth, evidence, even reality itself are all merely social constructs.
Chomsky on Post-Modernism
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1995
What I find in the writings of the post-modernists is extremely pretentious, but on examination, a lot of it is simply illiterate, based on extraordinary misreading of texts that I know well (sometime...
Conspiracies or Institutions: 9-11 and Beyond
Shalom, Stephen R.; Albert, Michael
Article
2002
Why and how does much (but not all) conspiracy theorizing create a tendency for people to depart from rational analysis?
Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science
Sokal, Alan; Bricmont, Jean
Book
1997
The authors criticize postmodernism in academia for its misuses of scientific and mathematical concepts in postmodern writing. Fashionable Nonsense examines two related topics: (1) The incompetent and...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 23, 2016: Science and its enemies
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Our society and its institutions, public and private, regularly tell us that science, and education in the sciences, are crucial to our future. These public declarations are strangely reminiscent of t...
Panoply of the Absurd
Article
2006
Conspiracy theorists are filling bestsellers with their supposed evidence about September 11.
Post 9/11 Conspiracism
Article
2006
The tendency to explain all major world events as primarily the product of a secret conspiracy is called conspiracism. The antidote to conspiracism is Power Structure Research.
Postmodern Disrobed: Review of Intellectual Impostures
Dawkins, Richard
Article
1998
An admirable job of exposing the daffy absurdity of postmodernism intellectuals.
Rationality/Science
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1995
Chomsky writes: "It strikes me as remarkable that the left today should seek to deprive oppressed people not only of the joys of understanding and insight, but also of tools of emancipation, informing...
The September 11 X-Files
Corn, David
Article
2002
One problem with conspiracy theorizing is that it can distract from the true and (sometimes mundane) misdeeds and mistakes of government.
A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense: Find Your Inner Chomsky
Baillargeon, Normand
Book
2005
What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through everyday spin and jargon -- from politics to advertising, from...
The Truth About the "9/11 Truth Movement"
Article
2006
A rebuttal of some of the claims made by 9/11 conspiracy theorists.
When 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Go Bad
Corn, David
Article
2002
Aren't these conspiracy theories too silly to address? That should be the case. But, sadly, they do attract people.

Sources Library

Bad Science
Goldacre, Ben
2008
Goldacre notes the flaws in research practices and marketing practices leading to human gullibility. He aims to promote public understanding of science so that readers can discern the logic and eviden...
Beautiful Evidence
Tufte, Edward
How to produce and consume evidence presentations. How seeing turns into showing, empirical observations turn into explanation and evidence.
Decision not file charges in CIA video destruction deals new setback to right to information
Sources News Release
2010
The decision not to file charges against any of the CIA officers who destroyed 92 videos of interrogations in secret CIA prisons has dealt a new blow to the search for truth in a matter of public inte...
Eyewitness Testimoney
Loftus, Elizabeth F.
1979
Loftus makes the psychological case against the eyewitness. Beginning with the basics of eyewitness fallibility, such as poor viewing conditions, brief exposure, and stress, Loftus moves to more subtl...
Judging Authority
Lipps, Jere
2004
We are often required to accept the word of another person, but how can we best judge whether or not that person is a legitimate authority?
Science for Peace Opposes Cancellation of the Long-Form Census
Sources News Release
2010
The decision to cancel the long-form census represents an attack on evidence-based research and is undemocratic. Science for Peace urges the government to reverse the decision.
Towers of Deception
The Media Cover-Up of 9/11
Zwicker, Barrie
2006
The Visual Evidence of Quantitive Information
Tufte, Edward
A classic book on statistical charts, graphs, and tables.
Visual Explanations
Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
Tufte, Edward
About pictures of verbs, the representation of mechanism and motion, process and dynamics, causes and effects, explanation and narrative.

From the Connexions Archives

Elizabeth F. Loftus
Loftus, Elizabeth
Website
Web site of Elizabeth Loftus, memory researcher and psychologist.
9/11: Debunking The Myths
Article
2005
Popular Mechanics special report on September 11 conspiracy theories.
911Myths
Website
Skeptical analysis of conspiracy theories about September 11, 2001.
Screw Loose Change Video
Website
This is a counter-video of the famous "Loose Change 2nd Edition". Using their own video and words, "Screw Loose Change" debunks the theories and statements made in Loose Change 2nd Edition.