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Great Scientific Blunders

Lecture no. 16 from the course: Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

Great Scientific Blunders

Taught by Professor Steven Novella | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Professional Development Courses

Learn how important skepticism is as a first response to scientific claims by surveying blunders that resulted from a lack of critical thinking. Among them: the claimed existence of “n-rays,” cold fusion, Lord Kelvin’s calculations for the age of the Earth, and a psychologist drawn into reports by patients convinced they were abducted by aliens.

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