Joined: April 2007
Caroline Crocker presented "Bunk Detecting Principles to Help the Public Assess ‘Scientific’ Claims” during the ASA annual meeting 2012 (Audio and slides are available here and here).
Check if the author claims that something has
been proven or declares something to be a fact.
Check if the author makes claims to have
accomplished something that is beyond what has
actually been done.
Check if what is said is scientifically accurate.
Beware of grandiose claims.
Check if the claims can be tested scientifically, that
is, can they be measured.
Be careful when an author makes too much of the
scientific qualifications of those involved or
disparages those who do not agree his/her views.
Check that the "satisfied customers," "experts,"
study participants, and promoters of the idea or
product exist and do not stand to gain from their
testimony or participation.
Finally, be skeptical. Do not be quick to believe people,
especially when it involves your health, faith and/or money!
I guess she never tried to assess ID-creationism this way.
(Edited to close brackets)
Edited by sparc on Jan. 21 2013,00:03
"[...] the type of information we find in living systems is beyond the creative means of purely material processes [...] Who or what is such an ultimate source of information? [...] from a theistic perspective, such an information source would presumably have to be God."
- William Dembski -