Hi Im Chance. I was wondering if any of you could give me some advise? I was recently assigned to do a paper on pseudoscience and I am now one ounce familiar with the topic. I think it is something that claims to be a science but really isnt, but some people think it is but there isnt enough proof to prove it is one or there is proof it isn’t one and believers just wont give it up. Am i on the right track? Also besides any advise on this topic (which would be greatly appreciated) is there any good sites I can use to find more info on this?
You’re asking a very big question, Themann. A pseudoscience is something that sounds like a science (”pseudo”) but isn’t.
To make this clear, we have then to figure out what it is for something to actually be a science. That involves the scientific method. Typically, pseudosciences are studies or belief systems that use the trappings of science (words, instruments, etc.) without using the scientific method. So, for example, the ghost-hunters on TV typically are pseudoscientific. They use the trappings of science (using scientific instruments, etc.) without actually doing science.
To find out more about pseudoscience I’d suggest starting with back issues of Skeptical Inquirer magazine and the Skeptic’s Dictionary.
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