Here be Dragons
|This might be|
|But we're not sure|
|Our Feature Presentation|
Here be Dragons is a documentary hosted by Brian Dunning that exposes pseudoscience and encourages critical thinking. The title was chosen since it was a phrase supposedly used on old maps to denote that dragons were in unexplored places. Brian argues that people still believe in claims as ridiculous as dragons.
 The actual movie
 Red flags
Red flags are qualities of pseudosciences that indicate that they are bollocks.
Many of them already have articles on this wiki.
Some Red Flags not referenced in this video are shady announcements (e.g., scientific journal vs. press conference), claims not fitting into reality (Creationism), if it is trying to give new information, or just attacking existing ones (Intelligent Design), it is possible to test the claim (Magic), if it's too good to be true (weight loss pills), and if spelling and grammar are bad.
Appeal to authority is using authority figures to endorse their products, which include celebrities, institutions, or guys in white lab coats.
 Ancient wisdom
Ancient wisdom is using, as products, medicines and other items that people from ancient civilizations used. The problem with this is that the ancients knew much less than we do now, and what they used was probably inferior.
 Confirmation bias
Confirmation bias is when people remember things that confirm what they believe or want to believe, but forget things that contradict or pose a problem for the belief. This is fairly common in fortune telling.
 Correlation equals causation
 Red herrings
Red herrings are distractions from the real question posed by critics.
 Proof by verbosity
 "Mystical energy"
See the main article on this topic: Conspiracy theory
 "All natural"
All natural is the idea that foods with the label all natural are healthier. This is not true, and the standards for being all natural are so low that it is meaningless. Not to mention that many things found in nature are deadly.
 Ideological Support
 Why people believe weird things
- The unexplained is cool
- Simple answers are seductive
- Inquisitive nature of people
- People lack the tools for complicated responses
- Pop culture