|Skeptical habits of thought are essential for nothing
less than our survival ----- because baloney, bamboozles,
bunk, careless thinking, flimflam and wishes disguised as
facts are not restricted to parlor magic and ambiguous advice
on matters of the heart.
--- Carl Sagan
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- How do we know WHO and
WHAT to believe?
- With so many products available, which one is the RIGHT
- How do we know what is TRUE?
- How can we decide what is a LEGITIMATE
Scientific thinking helps to sort out these nutrition
questions. It uses a logical process of thinking focused on what
to believe or to do. This critical thinking ability leads to more
knowledgeable decisions. The decision-making process involves
assessing, reasoning and analyzing information.
Each nutrition claim is assessed, reasoned, and analyzed through
observation, eliminating sources of doubt. Sources
of doubt may originate from unrelated information, too many variables,
unproven theories, and unreliable data. To advance a new theory,
or claim, the evidence that remains must be free of reasonable
- Is a logical and systemic method of examining nutrition claims
- Examines the root of the claim for reliable nutrition information.
- Allows for other possible hypotheses, as a result of carefully
- Supports the nutrition claim by testing each idea, using reliable
nutrition information and accepted theories.
- Accepts or rejects the nutrition claim, according to the amount
of reliable evidence.
of the statements below that appear to relate to scientific thinking:
Think about the Cellu-no-more advertisement again. What do you
see? Two attractive, well-groomed young women. What are they
talking about? Betty has obviously tried many products and has
finally found one she thinks really works. She is so pleased
with herself that she is not going to be embarrassed to be seen
in her swimsuit. She is so excited about this product that she
happily tells other people that what made her look so great will
also work for them.
Check all the statements below that appear to use scientific thinking:
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