The Chronicle of Higher Education has published a short article outlining the signs to watch for in evaluating science:

  1. The discoverer pitches the claim directly to the media
  2. The discoverer says that a powerful establishment is trying to suppress his or her work
  3. The scientific effect involved is always at the very limit of detection
  4. Evidence for a discovery is anecdotal
  5. The discoverer says a belief is credible because it has endured for centuries
  6. The discoverer has worked in isolation
  7. The discoverer must propose new laws of nature to explain an observation

Read the article for elaboration on each point.

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