Popularized by astronomer Carl Sagan, the actual source of the quote I used to title this post may be from Marcello Truzzi, a co-founder of the debunking group called CISCOP. The concept, however, goes back to people such as the French astronomer Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace —usually just called "Laplace"— (""The weight of evidence for an extraordinary claim must be proportioned to its strangeness") or even Scottish philosopher David Hume ("A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence"). It seems so reasonable. The question, however, is should we accept it as valid?
The people at SCEPCOP point out that no matter how reasonable it seems, the debunkers or
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I am a Capricorn. Sometimes Capricorns make things harder than they have to be. For example, for years I said “I cannot use a pendulum.” My friend, Corrine Kenner, would get exasperated. “How can you not be able to use a pendulum? You simply hold it.”
In August, we were waiting at the airport for our flight home from San Francisco (we had spent the weekend at the SF Bay Area Tarot Symposium). She showed me a new pendulum she bought there. She let me try it. And, well, it worked. She was right! It was easy.
Out of habit, I keep using my cards, even for Yes/No questions. I must remember to get one of my beautiful pendulums out and use it more often.
Lo Scarabeo does make some