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I'll try that!

There is an issue you haven't mentioned in your article. You cite Hanson: "its proponents actively attempt to create the impression that the statement is highly reliable in its own domain". And one way they do this and it catches many of us on the wrong foot is through respectable (*) scientists who drift into other fields and on the basis of their good rep cause havoc. I had an evolution denying statistics professor, Newton had a side line in alchemy, and among climate change deniers and vakskeptiks a number of those people thrive (for visibility, speaking gigs, attention?)

(*) once respectable :)

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Maurits, indeed. As an academic myself, I can tell you that it is really difficult not to start pontificating outside of your own field of expertise. Because, you know, you think you're so smart, since you've got a PhD... Come to think of it, we should never pontificate, even when we know what we are talking about!

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Nice recommendations/selections 👍

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Great links, Massimo, as usual!

Two links to Skeptical Inquirer to which you contribute yourself, I believe. Would you recommend subscribing to SI? For two or so years in the late 1990's I subscribed, enjoyed the magazine but it soon became a bit repetitive. There is only so much BS that can be debunked, it seems, and the anti-vaxers, UFO-boys and spoon benders show little innovation (well, the anti-vaxers sure had their share of attention recently).

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Maurits, I do recommend SI. I know what you are referring to: it did become a bit repetitive in the '90s and into the early '00s. But there is now a new editor, and the range of topics have been significantly broadened. And of course, there is also a new generation of contributors. Might want to give it a try!

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deletedSep 13, 2023Liked by Massimo Pigliucci
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Good morning to you Morton! I hope you'll enjoy the reading suggestions!

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Oh, there are many novels! One I highly recommend, which I read recently, is Stoner, by John Williams. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/166997.Stoner

He also wrote one about the first Roman emperor, Augustus: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/89231.Augustus

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