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Don’t Believethe Esoteric Hype!Jochen Wolters, Skeptic
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Confirmation BiasConfirming                               Contradicting Evidence                                 Evidence   ...
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The slides from my presentation at Ignite Fort Collins #10. Watch this talk on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2OH4CxFdmg

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Don't Believe the (Esoteric) Hype

  1. 1. Don’t Believethe Esoteric Hype!Jochen Wolters, Skeptic
  2. 2. Fortune Telling$850 for 30 minutes Image by Flickr/nellyfus
  3. 3. “Revitalized” Water $15 per quart Source: http://homepage.univie.ac.at/erich.eder/wasser/eder2002.htm
  4. 4. “Quadro Tracker” $400 – $8,000 a pieceSource: http://sniffexquestions.blogspot.com/2010/09/what-is-alpha-6-detector.html
  5. 5. Alas, … d! iled! iled!Faile Fa Fa
  6. 6. Pattern Recognitionuseful Images by Flickr/aeter and Flickr/Kaptain Kobold
  7. 7. Pattern Recognitionuseful deceiving Images by Flickr/aeter and Flickr/Kaptain Kobold
  8. 8. Concurrency vs. Causality ✔ useful Image (right) by Flickr/manyhighways
  9. 9. Concurrency vs. Causality ✔ useful ✘deceiving Images by Flickr/anna gutermuth and Flickr/manyhighways
  10. 10. Confirmation BiasConfirming Contradicting Evidence Evidence Image by Flickr/carbonnyc
  11. 11. Confirmation BiasConfirming Contradicting Evidence Evidence always deceiving ! Image by Flickr/carbonnyc
  12. 12. The Antidote:Good ScienceThe Sixteen Postulates of Sciencehttp://bit.ly/GoodScience
  13. 13. #4Scientific experimentsshould be repeatableunder similar circumstances.The Sixteen Postulates of Sciencehttp://bit.ly/GoodScience
  14. 14. Whybother?
  15. 15. Fact v.fiction
  16. 16. Educateyourself!
  17. 17. The Skeptics Societyhttp://skeptic.org
  18. 18. James RandiEducationalFoundationhttp://randi.org
  19. 19. Carl SaganTheDemon-HauntedWorld
  20. 20. Don’t Believethe Esoteric Hype!Jochen Wolters, Skeptichttp://polytropia.com@jochenwolters

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