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RE: Origins (was: Re: Sharovipteryx)
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
> Ralph Chapman
> How about some other opinions from other pros and enthusiasts, this is a
> really important point to nail down.
Wow, how to add to that?
Well, one possibility is to recommend some general reading material. The
following is a book about science, but not per se a "how to do science"
book. It has lots of very readable essays about various topics, although
not dinosaurs (sad to say):
Sagan, C. 1995. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a candle in the dark.
Random House, 457 pp.
Especially useful is the chapter "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection", which
discusses logical fallacies and the scientific toolbox. Among the tools
*Independent confirmation of the "facts" whereever possible;
*Substantitve debate on the evidence;
*There are no authorities; only experts (i.e., ideas by merit, not by
*Use multiple working hypotheses;
*Try not to get overly attached to your own hypothesis!!;
*Spin only falsifiable hypotheses
Have a good weekend, folks.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-4084 Email: email@example.com
Fax (Geol): 301-314-9661 Fax (CPS-ELT): 301-314-7843