Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

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Here Be Dragons is a free 40 minute video introduction to critical thinking. It is suitable for general audiences and is licensed for free distribution and public display. Most people fully accept paranormal and pseudoscientific claims without critique as they are promoted by the mass media. Here
Dragons offers a toolbox for recognizing and understanding the dangers of pseudoscience, and appreciation for the reality-based benefits offered by real science. Here Be Dragons is written and presented by Brian Dunning, host and producer of the Skeptoid podcast and author of Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena, and Executive Producer of The Skeptologists.

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  • Catherine

    some good suggestions but overly simplistic in putting organic nutrition, chinese medicine, telekinesis and seeing ghosts on the same level and stating that in the Middle Ages there was absolutely no scientific progress.

  • AnarchoRationalist

    Shitty documentary. Useless, ignorant, meaningless, reactionary, and internally inconsistent.

    It doesn’t get closer to any truths, it simply contradicts the ideas that it disagrees with. It adopts a patronizing, attitude to both it’s subjects and the viewer.

    Not profound, or enlightening at all, just reactionary.

  • Guru

    Im after watching 10 mins of this documentary and there’s a lot of stuff sticking out to me…

    The people who were asked questions are people who stumbled on what they were asked, in my opinion they were picked to be put into this video so that the topics they were asked are made less credible.

    He calls a lot of products a pseudoscience and yes i will agree that a lot of products out there are bogus however he even suggests that orgainc foods and omega oils are a pseudoscience. Omega oil is an essential fat, people think that all fat is bad however its only saturated fat thats bad, our body needs essential poly unsaturates and monosaturates in order for our heart and brain to function correctly, if we had 0 percent body fat we would die and thats a fact. Also i dont know about anyone else but i would rather eat orgainc food any day over genitically modified and synthetic foods

    Overall i dont think the info in this video is worth watching as to me it seems to be in the favour of Big Pharma and Institutes

  • Adam

    Waste of time.
    If you have any sort of open mind you will realize what garbage this is. His “critical thinking” seems to be more of a pseudoscience than what he is denouncing. Not to mention his patronizing tone.

  • Wheres My tini at

    Didn’t make it past the 3 minute mark. The sanctimonious smirk was an immediate turn-off, and frankly, his entire opening monologue borders on the worst kind of racism: the simpering, ‘I’m better-educated than you, Little Peon, so you should worship at my feet!’ attitude so common in “elite academia”.

    • Wanderer Zero

      Good radar, I watched the whole thing and thats his attidude throughout the video. 
      Before watching, I felt that maybe I could, you know, learn better critical thinking skills from it, but I think the title would have been more aptly named ‘An introduction to closing your mind to anything not mainstream’  

  • paul

    His little bit about 9/11 when he keeps saying “Who crashed thoes planes into the buildings?” That has very little relavence steel structures don’t collapse from fire let alone fall at near freefall speed not to mention the hundreds of people (including reporters on tv) saying they heard series of explosions. And he thinks psychics don’t have any ability (many don’t) why would the CIA and the KGB have done hundreds of distant viewing experiments if there was no credence to it? how does he begin to explain the plecebo effect? how does he explain the power of prayer on healing just because you can’t objectivly prove something doesn’t make it less real. Take the atom for instance the first person to come up with the idea of atoms killed himself because his peers didn’t believe him and ridiculed him until albert einstein proved their existance with pollen and water. Were atoms any less real before that? no but no one believed in their existance certainly not the scientific community. this guys a retard and acting like he knows better than you or me only makes him look more like a fool. and the people he interviewed at the start well their not really shining examples are they? i would love for him to interview me so i can put him in his place I’d show him how an informed conspiracy theorist presents information.

    • Wanderer Zero

      Bravo! (applause) I’d be right there with you dude. I’ve personally studied healing methods quite a bit and the information in this ‘documentary’ (more like propaganda) is not only misleading, but downright false (fish oils have no relevance? puuuleeese!)

  • blazin_chalice

    Sounds like a fellow Redditor 😀

  • http://Groove Ian Moore

    This Guy is a lizard man related to the queen and sticks red herrings in his pompous ass

  • http://www.mytelekinesis.com My Telekinesis

    I appreciate you for making this publig. I learned a lot related to telekinesis.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq2OXVuAvQw&p=938BCF38830131AF&playnext=1&index=17 black_alex98

    crap crap crap

  • fort

    Painful. Haha I have taking a few critical thinking classes and this ain’t it.
    An embarassing example of a shitty documentary.

  • bartholemew

    A self proclaimed skeptic? Critical thinking has been practiced by philosophers for a long time and all would agree skepticism is detrimental to true critical reasoning. At best skepticism is a “guilty until proven innocent” approach. Does this host seem to approach things objectively to you? opinions have no place in critical thinking. He may be right about all of this shit but he cannot prove his point any better than the products he attacks. So his word or thiers? what a joke.
    A good idea for a documentary, but poorly done.

    • Wanderer Zero

      I do agree that this documentary is crap, but I will say skepticism is useful in science. On that same vein though, this guy is not a skeptic at all (to use his own term he’s a pseudoskeptic). True skepticism is not relying on hearsay, but to actually test hypothesis to see if they are true or they actually work.

  • http://www.formspring.me/ChloeWolves Chloe

    Oh, you’ve got to be joking me.
    This is utter fucking rubbish. “Let’s see some modern day dragons.”
    Sir Ernest Drake would be dissapointed.

  • Treehuggnhippie707

    half fact half fiction. this is great political disinformation propaganda great work guys.

    this man and his Infamous amount of misleading “crittical thinking” bullshit is rediculious!

  • one

    anyone here with a brain can tell this is a peace of shit doc !!

  • one

    anyone here with a brain can tell this is a peace of shit doc !!

  • The_one_u_dont_know

    they have lumped organic food and yoga with psychic readings and spiritual healings.. this documentary is terrible

  • Kamani Belt

    Pro Pharma pundit.

  • BahnHahmer

    It looks to me like the introduction to critical thinking here is the ability for us to critically think that this is a load of bullshit. 

    Excellent work and a fantastic false positive! (either that or I am giving this jerk off too much credit) 

    • Wanderer Zero

      Good one lol!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=658769100 Andrea Leigh Force

    This was painfully bad.

  • Skwords

    the worst thing i’ve seen since 05

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UFCNPNEKQKJJL5VU7TGFUSQIUA mmhmm

    lol! this pile of trash, by far… has nothing to do with actual ‘critical thinking’. Just awful.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AB72XZIIGTWC6E767WHTH6DHIM Kahina

    A waste of bandwidth.  Don’t bother.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AB72XZIIGTWC6E767WHTH6DHIM Kahina

    A waste of bandwidth.  Don’t bother.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AB72XZIIGTWC6E767WHTH6DHIM Kahina

    A waste of bandwidth.  Don’t bother.

  • RawVegan

    Decided to stopped watching after i saw the Ginko.
    Hows that critical thinking, ass holes. i turned my fucking life around by eating right and using super foods.

  • RawVegan

    Decided to stopped watching after i saw the Ginko.
    Hows that critical thinking, ass holes. i turned my fucking life around by eating right and using super foods.

    • Wanderer Zero

      When he showed the supplements, yoga, and organic foods in the slideshow as examples of pseudoscience (and in a ridiculing like fashion), I just stared in disbelief.

  • http://www.facebook.com/panta.reii πάντα ρει

    “science never suppresses good science” , i do get his point on critical thinking but he is contradicting himself when he says that statement, as if science was a self conscious being, he ignores the fact that science is practiced by humans, and humans have different interest that may or may not be opposed. trough out the documentary he is just simplify a lot socio-political-economic issues IMO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/panta.reii πάντα ρει

    “science never suppresses good science” , i do get his point on critical thinking but he is contradicting himself when he says that statement, as if science was a self conscious being, he ignores the fact that science is practiced by humans, and humans have different interest that may or may not be opposed. trough out the documentary he is just simplify a lot socio-political-economic issues IMO.

  • Benjo

    Waste of time.  Propaganda crap piece of crap crap uncritical misinformation crap!

  • Benjo

    Waste of time.  Propaganda crap piece of crap crap uncritical misinformation crap!

  • Benjo

    Waste of time.  Propaganda crap piece of crap crap uncritical misinformation crap!

  • Bullers

    Most stuff is good in the documentary however, the bit about 911..the reasons he gives may be true in that none of them logically link the gov’t etc..but the buildings falling at nearly free fall speed AND the collapse of WTC7 proves a controlled demolition.  There’s simply no other explanation, your eyes can tell you the truth on this one and you don’t need anyone else’s opinion to know for yourself.  controlled demo=conspiracy

    • Wanderer Zero

      Most of the stuff in that doc was complete bull. Healthy and organic food and supplements are basically self explanatory in what they do for health. All the guy did was point out indicators of non-mainstream thought, but if you follow mainstream practices, you’re quite likely to end up with: Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer, heart failure, osteoporosis, obesity, etc. and on countless drugs to treat those conditions for the rest of your life. Basically, its a pharma PR doc. 

  • Bullers

    Most stuff is good in the documentary however, the bit about 911..the reasons he gives may be true in that none of them logically link the gov’t etc..but the buildings falling at nearly free fall speed AND the collapse of WTC7 proves a controlled demolition.  There’s simply no other explanation, your eyes can tell you the truth on this one and you don’t need anyone else’s opinion to know for yourself.  controlled demo=conspiracy

  • CentralScrutiniser

    Started off as a good idea but the maker has taken an uncritical view of some of what he sees as unscientifically based ideas. I’m especially disappointed at the uncritical acceptance of authoritative cobblers like NIST’s 911 fiction.

  • CentralScrutiniser

    And anyway who DID fly into those buildings?

  • ForCryingOutLoud

    I have a feeling that all the commenters below were sent to this documentary because they believe in stupid crap….

  • tajmgambler

    sure the guy has found his market niche too. I guess theres a lot of bullshit among alternative and holistic approaches, but its far from meaning everything is wrong and pointless. this documentary shows as little proof to sustain its claims that it can be called with one word only: PSEUDOSCIENCE :) 

  • Jackmeoff

    I think everyone has figured this out……..the fucking music!!

  • Addo Verum

    He’s absolutley patrionizing and placing things like green tea alongside middle aged theories? This is an absolute waste of time, meditation has done wonders for my life, and so has reflexology. This is not critical thinking, its closed minded. Open minded people will try things and decide themselves whats right and wrong. I feel sorry for him, because all he sees is science, he will never understand the beauty and mystery in life, because all he sees is everything is an equation.

    The questions to do with 9/11 were terrible questions to ask!  If you were to ask real conspiracy theorists, he would not be able to give an answer.

    He doesnt seem to realise that the word ‘energy’ has two different meanings. one for the spiritual energy and one for scientific energy, they are two compelety differnt things. 

    Hes basically saying, hey no opinon listen to science only, do not think otherwise. Hes like Bush. 
    you cannot put yoga, organic food, in the same place with psyhic healers.

    “science never suppresses good science”  this sentence is the biggest lie he said. throughout our history, science has supressed science, remember the marjuana law?

  • Philoveritas

    This guy is not so off-base. Critical thinking and scepticism are essential in modern consumerist life. If you hold all claims subject it to critical analysis and consider the source, and compare it to independent sources you would be much better off. Reject all marketing and advertising claims out of hand. Everything supernatural, by definition is most certainly the least supported and usually suspect explanation. However to be balanced in approach is to also consider the possibility that the currently accepted theory is wrong.

    I think personally he is too critical, and trusts the authorities more than he claims.

  • CTagenda fan

    This film is just propaganda to steer us away from what we really are and what is really happening.

  • Elletriller

    Well… I do like the wrath. Let me quote Lazyboy: “Don’t be mad at other people because they know more than you, it is not their fault.” The movie, seen as a movie, is not great. It’s kind of just one man talking. His points though are hard to dismiss, unless of course you just plainly dismiss them.

    In this movie there is an elephant in the room – he almost dares to go there, but then back off – is God a dragon, or (perhaps less offensive to some) what about religion? Or at least ‘creationism’ and ‘intelligent design’ should be on this list…

    By the way he more than once states that pseudo-science could one day be proven thus turned into real science, but de facto isn’t. Science, and programs about science, can always one day be proven wrong and/or outdated by … science!

    To those saying he is guilty of psuedo-science himself… he’s not ‘doing’ science here. This movie does not contain science, it is a view on science and the world. Science trumphs believes. You are welcome believe otherwise.

    Statement:
    – Individuel experience is not evidence.
    – Anecdotal evidence is not evidence.
    – Lack of evidence is not evidence.

    In short: The brain is not fool proof, though it is proof a fool (all of us in some way according to this movie).

    Summary:

    Watch it if you are tired of people value opinion as much as knowledge.

    Don’t watch it if you want a good, well-made documentary; or if you are a Dharma (a close-minded ‘hippie’ – yeah, you don’t know who you are), then also look away.

  • Godfrey

    I’d say the average person would by into shit like herbal remedies because they are misinformed and they find it comforting you could say a lot of us are anti logic and anti reason

  • Adam

    These comments are a JOKE! I’m betting 99.9 percent of the pissy comments were made by people who just finished checking their horoscope before they came here.
    I thought the documentary had some flaws.. so what. The brunt of the content was excellent, and I watched it twice.

  • Caleb J Connor

    Made it halfway. This guy is correct in his skepticism of herbal remedies and alternative medicine, however he has gone out of his way to use chosen ignorance as his main reasoning tool in dealing with the pharmaceutical industry and real world events such as 9/11. It takes real effort to ignore all points of evidence when dealing with things a little more complicated than ghost stories. This guy is spewing venom for the ignorant.

  • U MAD

    Sounds like 90% of the comments were made by Deepak Chopra reading New Age idiots. No wonder you’re all so angry.

  • stan462

    Ha, I saw the rating of 4.8 stars and assumed it was this low because the documentary is a bit boring. How did you all you people defending all the new age crap and conspiracy theories even end up watching this video?

  • Harvest

    vitamin C, organic ketchup and yoga!? What a bunch of hooey!… Seriously though, this guy has got to be a poe. I can’t even finish watching this.

  • Agnieszka001

    I appreciate his passion and some  points. There is a self righteous and condensending tone that bypass any political, social or economic context.  For instance: the reason many alternative health products claim only loose purposes on labels, when it is clear  they are forbidden to claim that the product prevents or cures any ailements.  A few logical consideration with some more consideration of: social, political and ecomonic factors and the strength of the current medical paradigm are overlooked points in this documentary.

  • awkeown

    Sucks!

  • Dee

    this guy is an idiot and this doco is a load of rubbish. Some of the correlations and blanket statements he makes are ridiculous. I agree that the burden of truth is on the proposer but this doco is not only rubbish but potentially harmful. He makes it seem like its wrong to question anything or challenge the status quo, a potentially harmful idea. the comparisons to star trek and other rubbish just show that he is not to be taken seriously just like a lot of the topics he talks about…

  • Jessie

    This guy is 100% right.. notice at the end he tries to sell you a bunch of books? LMAO Clown!