How To Think About Weird Things

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Philosopher Stephen Law recommends a set of questions to consider before believing in something: don’t be persuaded by coincidences and anecdotes; understand and weigh the evidence; and determine if the consistency of ingenuity is reliable. He contends that it is best to assess remarkable claims against strong evidence before placing trust in them. For example, if someone claims to be an alien, they must have a reasonable explanation and sufficient evidence to pass a higher bar of probability. Unless these are met, it’s important not to be fooled by unproven thoughts. Read full article here

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