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Cfb 3333 - The Scientific Method (Debunking Pseudoscience)
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Physics 3333 CFB 3333 Homework 5 Below you have a pseudoscientific claim and a design for an experiment to test the claim Your task is to study the experiment protocol and determine whether it meets all requirements for a valid test Remember to determine whether the protocol eliminates deception ad hoc excuses etc so that if a subject passes the test it can only be because there is a real effect The Claim I Bryan Boondocker have invented the Smellex a patented gold detector With this device I can detect gold at a distance of up to 50 feet The gold can be buried in the ground up to 50 feet down and I can still find it The Smellex is at least 90 accurate Procedure Staff Boondocker Test conductor Result recorder Items Required o 1 pound of gold o Smellex device supplied by Boondocker o Open field for test area o 10 opaque plastic buckets o 10 sided die o Marker for marking buckets o Note pad for data recorder o Pencils o Small supply of snacks drinks etc Procedure o Prior to the test Boondocker and the testers will meet and agree on test conditions and procedures A contract will be executed and signed by all agreeing to site suitability procedures evaluation and success criteria A success rate of 90 as claimed by Boondocker will be required Ten trials will be performed o On the day of the test all will meet at the agreed location All will check to be sure all necessary supplies are ready Boondocker will survey the site as required to ensure that there is no interference present o The test conductor will use the marker to write numbers 1 10 on the bucket bottoms o The buckets will be positioned in the test area separated by a minimum distance specified by Boondocker and agreed in the contract o Drinks and snacks are provided for Boondocker The test conditions are to be as agreeable as possible o o o o o o o o o The result recorder will prepare two pages one for recording the actual locations of the gold and another for recording Boondocker s choices Both sets of data



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