The Baloney Detection Kit

Michael Shermer of the Sceptic Magazine presents their Baloney Detection Kit. This is just as relevant to the field of Enterprise Architecture as it is to most other things. 

  1. How reliable is the source of the claim?
  2. Does the source make similar claims?
  3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
  4. Does this fit with the way the world works?
  5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
  6. Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
  7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science
  8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence? (it’s too easy to just bag the other side)
  9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
  10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim?
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