Skeptical Software Tools

Mick West

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Staff member
Tim Farley's site Skeptical Software Tools has some interesting posts, particularly this one about Building Internet Tools For Skeptics.

http://skeptools.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/building-internet-tools-for-skeptics/

It does not seem like there's been much activity there. Being a programmer I find it pretty interesting, and I'd like to experiment with some tools myself.

I think one of the more useful tools would be some way of getting a quick perspective on the scale of a topic, its relative size and links to other topics. This is quite hard to do at the moment.
 

lotek

Active Member
Very nice. i am trying to use pearltree to collect my sprawling to a manageable mess.
 

Leifer

Senior Member
Mick....have you ever considered writing something on..."how to eliminate bunk"....?....say, from the standpoint where 'you have a theory'....and the best ways to eliminate bunk from a theory ?
I'm guessing this might be derived greatly from the scientific method, as well as ways to avoid personal biases (in an internet world).
I was very inspired from reading Feynman's "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman", specifically the last chapter. Here's a snip...

Cargo Cult Science
Richard Feynman
From a Caltech commencement address given in 1974
Also in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
http://neurotheory.columbia.edu/~ken/cargo_cult.html

and a comment on the above speech...
http://www.thelogicalleap.com/?p=164
 

Mick West

Administrator
Staff member
Yes. And I'm a big Feynman fan. I'm on vacation right now but will address this when I return.
 

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