Pseudoscience


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A philosophy described by Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann as ‘the dissociation of belief from evidence’
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I have written at length about the prevalence of pseudoscience in the evaluation of these programs over the past seven years.
Shermer contends that failures get rationalized in pseudoscience while their importance "cannot be overemphasized" in good science (p.
There may be some readers of this journal who might be interested in it: those interested in keeping up with "new age" moves, those who enjoy debunking claims of pseudoscience, people interested in globalization and the various efforts on that front, and people interested in spirituality studies.
Yet by the late 1830s, when photography was born, the ``science'' or pseudoscience of face-reading had attained a cultlike status, Sobieszek writes in the exhibition catalog.
In a world of debate by soundbite, the authors contend, the limited understanding of science among policy makers and the general public is allowing pseudoscience to gain an aura of credibility.
His racism was informed by phrenology, an ethnological pseudoscience, which divided humanity into distinct races.
In the same year he wrote Sobachye serdtse (Heart of a Dog, The), a scathing comic satire on pseudoscience that was not openly published in the U.
In documenting these sometimes lethal treatments, Boyle mocks not just turn-of-the-century pseudoscience but our own quasi-religious belief in the health-guaranteeing properties of nutrition and medical technology.
For too long, Graphology (handwriting analysis) has been labeled a pseudoscience," said psychologist Gerry Langer, of Thousand Oaks, Calif.
It focuses on fringe science, pseudoscience, and scientific methods in Britain during the Victorian period, noting that unconventional methods and fields that seem strange now were accepted as mainstream during the period, such as spiritualism and mesmerism.
The contributions to this volume do that by considering whether scientific (methodological) naturalism entails causal closure of the universe or forecloses ontological pluralism, how ontological commitments entailed by scientific theories relate to ideology, how ontological assumptions about common-sense categories like space and time may be over-time thrown out as they prove unuseful the Planck scale, what criteria enable us to distinguish science and pseudoscience, how folk psychological concepts like emotions may be a dead-end for philosophical and scientific analyses, and more.
The 'aquatic ape' theory that a separate strand of primates evolved to live in the sea is regularly dismissed as pseudoscience.