Is RationalWiki Effective in Debunking Crackpot Claims and Pseudoscience?

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In summary, RationalWiki is a reliable and well-sourced website for debunking crackpot and pseudoscience claims. It is recommended to follow the sources linked in articles and verify facts using multiple sources. Another handy website for this purpose is www.metabunk.org.
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I am looking for a website to debunk crackpot/pseudoscience claims when I stumbled across RationalWiki.
https://rationalwiki.org/
Do you think it is a good website for this?
 
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While I'm not a regular reader, the few times I looked at its treatment of various crackpottery, I found it reliable and well-sourced. As with any wiki, remember to follow the sources linked in articles. as these will inevitably be more thorough.
 
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I find it overall pretty reliable but as always it pays to verify facts using more than one source. It is also often very sarcastic so keep that in mind.
 
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I've found www.metabunk.org to be handy and seemingly quite good at debunking crackpot claims/pseudoscience.
 

Related to Is RationalWiki Effective in Debunking Crackpot Claims and Pseudoscience?

1. Is RationalWiki a reliable source of information?

RationalWiki is not considered a reliable source for academic or formal research. It is a wiki-based website that relies on user-generated content, which may not always be accurate or unbiased. However, it can be a useful starting point for exploring different perspectives and gathering general information on a topic.

2. Does RationalWiki have a specific bias or political leaning?

RationalWiki promotes itself as a skeptical and rational website, but it has been accused of having a left-leaning bias. Its articles and editors tend to criticize conservative and right-wing ideologies, while promoting progressive and liberal ones. However, it also includes articles that critique and debunk left-wing beliefs and claims.

3. Can anyone edit or contribute to RationalWiki?

Yes, RationalWiki follows the same open editing model as Wikipedia, where anyone can create an account and start editing or contributing to articles. However, there are certain guidelines and rules in place to maintain the quality and accuracy of content.

4. Are the articles on RationalWiki peer-reviewed?

No, the articles on RationalWiki are not peer-reviewed. They are written and edited by volunteers without any formal review process. However, users can suggest edits and provide sources to improve the accuracy and reliability of the content.

5. Does RationalWiki have a specific purpose or goal?

RationalWiki's main goal is to promote critical thinking, skepticism, and rationality. It aims to debunk pseudoscience, conspiracy theories, and other unfounded claims. It also provides a platform for discussing and analyzing current events, politics, and popular culture from a rational and evidence-based perspective.

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