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  Pseudoscience - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In such circumstances it may be difficult to distinguish which of two opposing "sciences" are valid; for example, both the proponents and opponents of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming have recruited the help of scientists to endorse contradictory positions, because of differing political goals.
Cargo cult science : term to describe work that has the semblance of being scientific, but is missing "a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of utter honesty".
Pathological science : term to describe ideas that would simply not "go away", long after they were given up on as wrong by the majority of scientists in the field.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pseudoscience   (2226 words)

 Psuedo-science or Proto-science?
Science is an incredibly robust endeavor -- all kinds of things go wrong, wrong in just about every way immaginable, and in ways that are not even immaginable untill they actually happen -- and still the progress is so rapid that no one could possibly keep up with it.
Science seems to be a fundamentally democratic enteprise -- it requires a kind of dedication that never emerges unless one is wholeheartedly in love with the work.
Science as a whole should be reluctant to accept prejudgments about any aspect of the natural world, or of the super-natural world, for that matter.
dharma-haven.org /science/psuedo-science-or-proto-science.htm   (4267 words)

 Bad Science
This study goes well beyond bad science to include bad editing and the disingenuousness textbook committees who are more interested in using science textbooks as a vehicle for political correctness than scientific correctness.
By publicizing examples of bad science, I hope to sensitize students, teachers and writers to the horrors of such glib explanations or representations.
The Pathetic Fallacy is brought to you by Alistair B. Fraser.
www.ems.psu.edu /~fraser/BadScience.html   (959 words)

 Pseudo-science and Race
Science faculty members must, therefore, be convinced of the appropriateness and rich advantages of bringing into their fields members who are not necessarily reflections of themselves.
Science is not and cannot be a source of moral authority but the pretense that science can be represents a politically appealing proposition that has become, over the years, a basis for an ongoing campaign to establish a scientific rationale for political and racial oppression.
He developed the "science" of Eugenics whose goal was just such control and he promoted quantification and mathematical measurement of "desirable traits" so as to provide the necessary data on the basis of which "truly proper breeding" could occur.
www.math.buffalo.edu /mad/special/pseudoscience-race.html   (8220 words)

 Doyletics: Distinguishing Science from Pseudo-science
Some critics of the new science of doyletics claim that it is a pseudo-science and not a true science.
After discussing the requirements for a true science and the characteristics of a pseudo-science, we will be in a position to measure doyletics and determine whether it is a true science or a pseudo-science.
My claim is that it is a true science, and I have taken great care to follow the tenets of science in my investigations and presentation of the material of doyletics.
www.doyletics.com /scienced.htm   (1788 words)

 Psychiatry and Pseudo-Science
The valid science in the area of ADHD is that psychiatrists have described (but not very well) a set of symptoms that fit some children (and, unfortunately, can be made to fit nearly any alert child).
The argument of bio-psychiatry (the science created to vindicate the pharmaceutical approach) is that one should differentiate between a "real" fear (meeting a mugger with a knife) versus a phobia; between a "real" anger versus an anger disorder, and so forth.
Science has not shown that these conditions are caused by these chemical states or cured by treating these states chemically.
www.blehert.com /essays/pseudo.htm   (14224 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Religious right fights science for the heart of America
In their campaign to persuade parents in Kansas to welcome the new version of creationism into the classroom, subscribers to intelligent design have appealed to a sense of fair play, arguing that it would be in their children's interest to be exposed to all schools of thought on the earth's origins.
At the first of a series of public hearings on the new course material, the audience was equally split between the defenders of established science, and the anti-evolution rebels.
Science teachers believe that the genteel questioning of the intelligent design movements masks a larger project to discredit an entire body of rational thought.
www.guardian.co.uk /usa/story/0,12271,1407422,00.html   (1381 words)

 Encyclopedia: Pseudo-science   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Advocacy of pseudoscience may occur for a number of reasons, ranging from simple naivet about the nature of science and the scientific method, to deliberate deception for financial or political benefit.
Pseudoscience fails to meet the criteria met by science generally (including the scientific method), and can be identified by a combination of these characteristics:
James Randi Educational Foundation (http://www.randi.org/) - organization that investigates and attempts to verify claims that seem to contradict established science.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Pseudo_science   (1438 words)

 Distinguishing Science and Pseudoscience
In many cases, science has no interest in the supposed phenomena because there is no evidence it exists; in other cases, the scientific explanation is well known and well established, but the pseudoscientist doesn't know this or deliberately ignores it to create mystery.
Science begins by saying, let's forget about what we believe to be so, and try by investigation to find out what actually is so.
Science is like a high peak of intellectual integrity, fairness, and rationality.
www.quackwatch.org /01QuackeryRelatedTopics/pseudo.html   (3089 words)

Science itself is about separation and cutting, using the etymology of the word, it's about abstraction and understanding, as compared to development, which is about product, technology, use.
The expression "pseudo" science is meant, above all, to push buttons and ensure that we do not get lumped with all them other sorts of scientists.
The pseudo scientist does the opposite, the development of abstractions, reasoning and intuiting about those abstractions, developing methods to convey those abstractions in ways that do not become concrete, that survive bad photocopying, that can be explained in the dust with a stick as well as with an interactive high-tech computer thing.
www.timesup.org /CTL/pseudo.html   (714 words)

 Science, PseudoScience and Society
But recently almost all science became political and all politics involved deception: to say that a politic is not lying is the same as to say that an alcoholic is not drinking.
Science and the integrity of its practitioners are under attack and, increasingly, legislators and bureaucrats shape the decisions that determine which paths scientific research should take.
While religious dogma trumps science in areas like stem cell research and abstinence only "sex education," in other areas, such as global warming and increased development in national wildlife areas, good old fashioned greed appears to be the primary focus of scientifically unsound governmental policies.
www.softpanorama.org /Skeptics/index.shtml   (16235 words)

 The Chronicle: 1/31/2003: The Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science
He noted that courts can turn to scientific organizations, like the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to identify neutral experts who could preview questionable scientific testimony and advise a judge on whether a jury should be exposed to it.
The integrity of science rests on the willingness of scientists to expose new ideas and findings to the scrutiny of other scientists.
If modern science has learned anything in the past century, it is to distrust anecdotal evidence.
chronicle.com /free/v49/i21/21b02001.htm   (1358 words)

 Christians Compromising With Pseudo-science   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It does not make sense, in a time that would not have such "science" and consideration as to assert the age of the earth in millions of years, to use language in such a way as to obscure the actual meaning (i.e.
While science may propose that the earth is millions, or even billions, of years old, God's Word flatly contradicts this assertion and leaves very little wiggle room (if any) for those who wish to hold to such a view.
There are far more and simpler explanations for what science supposedly "proves" that bring science into harmony with God's Word than there are logical and appropriate ways of reinterpreting God's Word in an attempt to bring it into harmony with science.
www.thewhyman.jesusanswers.com /photo3.html   (2208 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Life | The battle for American science
Critics called this "stealth creationism" - religious dogma masquerading as science - but the ID proponents got their way, thanks partly to wording in President Bush's new education bill.
Schools in Atlanta are now theoretically entitled to "teach the controversy" (though officials have urged teachers to stick to evolution for now, sparking a lawsuit) - and textbooks presenting Darwinism as fact have stickers inside, pointing out that it might not be.
Some saw Rove's influence at play when John Marburger, Bush's new science advisor, was informed that the role would no longer be a cabinet position.
www.guardian.co.uk /life/feature/story/0,13026,933055,00.html   (2130 words)

 Is Creation Science a Pseudo-Science?
Indeed, while not claiming that all valid scientific research findings are readily explicable in terms of fiat [spoken into existence] creation; nevertheless, those scientists who are Christians have observed that frequently the data of scientific investigation and observations much more closely fit the creationist than the evolutionary model.
Creation science takes only those aspects of creationism which are decidedly testable and examines them under the same vigorous conditions expected of evolutionary scientists.
Even limited to the constraints of the scientific method, creation science has an undeniable place in the theorizing and experimentation which are legitimate processes in the scientific method.
www.hopeint.org /off/9709a.htm   (2447 words)

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I wished to distinguish between science and pseudo-science; knowing very well that science often errs, and that pseudo-science may happen to stumble on the truth.
But this did not satisfy me. On the contrary, I often formulated my problem as one of distinguishing between a genuinely empirical method and a non-empirical or even a pseudo-empirical method--that is to say, a method which, although it appeals to observation and experiment, nevertheless does not come up to scientific standards.
It was the problem of drawing a line (as well as this can be done) between the statements, or systems of statements, of the empirical sciences, and all other statements--whether they are of a religious or of a metaphysical character, or simply pseudoscientific.
www.olemiss.edu /courses/psy214/Readings/Popper/popper.htm   (2318 words)

 Donald Simanek's Pages of Skepticism
As science progresses from ignorance to understanding it must pass through a transitionary phase of confusion and uncertainty.
That's where much of the excitement of science lies, and where every new experiment, discovery, and speculation is hailed by the media as an important breakthrough.
This little corner of my page is set aside to be a home to documents and links on scientific topics on the leading edge of scientific advance, where the last word hasn't been written, the bottom line not yet reached, and the dust not yet settled.
www.lhup.edu /~dsimanek/skeptic.htm   (935 words)

 Science and Pseudoscience
Science and Pseudoscience is Lakatos's most succinct public summary of his philosophy of science.
He proposes that scientists regard the successful theoretical prediction of stunning novel facts - such as the return of Halley's comet or the gravitational bending of light rays - as what demarcates good scientific theories from pseudo-scientific and degenerate theories, and in spite of all scientific theories being forever confronted by "an ocean of counterexamples".
Some historical case studies in Lakatos's methodology were published in Method and Appraisal in the Physical Sciences: the critical background to modern science 1800 to 1905, edited by Colin Howson and Method and Appraisal in Economics edited by Dr Spiro Latsis, both published by Cambridge University Press, 1976.
www.lse.ac.uk /collections/lakatos/scienceAndPseudoscience.htm   (621 words)

 ASP: Astronomical Pseudo-Science: A Skeptic's Resource List
Fundamentalist religious thinkers (from a number of religions) have sought to deny the evidence from geology, astronomy, and evolutionary biology about the age and gradual development of the universe, the Earth, and its life-forms.
National Center for Science Education: http://www.ncseweb.org/ NCSE is the key organization working to oppose the efforts of creationists and to assist educators who want to present the evolutionary perspective.
Science and Creationism is a short booklet from the National Academy of Sciences, with a fine summary of the scientific perspective on evolution:
www.astrosociety.org /education/resources/pseudobib09.html   (783 words)

 Pseudoscience & Pseudomedicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Skeptics Society is a scientific and educational organization of scholars, scientists, historians, magicians, professors and teachers, and anyone curious about controversial ideas, extraordinary claims, revolutionary ideas and the promotion of science.
A bibliography from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, for those who want to examine with a skeptical eye some of the claims at the fringes of science that seem connected to astronomy.
An organization devoted to promoting the use of science and rational thinking in viewing the world.
www.medlina.com /parascience_&_pseudoscience.htm   (1470 words)

Nous voulons attirer l'attention de la population sur le danger que représente un manque d'esprit critique face aux prophéties et conseils des "adeptes des sciences occultes" modernes, que ces conseils soient formulés en privé ou dans les médias.
Aujourd'hui, avec la science qui comprend les causes principales par lesquelles les astres influencent les phénomènes terrestres, il n'y a pas de raisons scientifiques de maintenir encore que ces interactions occultes puissent influencer le destin de l'homme.
Les promoteurs des pseudosciences et des "connaissances cryptiques" tendent même à prendre le contrôle de la situation, à assujettir les conditions et des méthodes de la vraie science.
www.allerg.qc.ca /sciensversuspseudo.htm   (890 words)

 Direct Scientists and Pseudo-science experts.
What science has constantly revealed for the past 100 years is that what most people believe is usually incorrect.
Yet social structures everywhere seek to magnify the individual and accentuate his or her Ego of personal worth rather than appreciate the Scientist and Science for what they are.
The reality is that the public, with their misunderstandings of science, force the scientist to often take a self-exclusionary role from society so as to avoid abuse and retain freedom.
www.earthtym.net /science.htm   (7694 words)

 Chiropractic: A Skeptical View
An excuse chiropractors employed for years for the lack of scientific evidence for their theory was that the government wouldn't provide the necessary research funding.
Chiropractors substitute chiropractic philosophy for science and commonly boast of intellectual superiority.
Despite the evidence which was presented during the study regarding the increased emphasis on science and professionalism...
www.chirobase.org /01General/skeptic.html   (3094 words)

 Cosmik Debris Magazine interviews Michael Shermer
The occasion for this interview is the publication of his article on John Edward's supposedly paranormal powers in Scientific American (www.skeptic.com/newsworthy13.html), a story which was broken earlier this year in the pages of Skeptic.
Most political science is in measuring peoples' beliefs and not in [answering the question] "What is the best system that we should live under?" When you do that it's really political philosophy...
It's really a good study in how science works and how it doesn't work, because he was really on the borderlands there, dealing with a lot of wacky subjects.
www.cosmik.com /aa-september01/michael_shermer.html   (3681 words)

 Magnetic Therapy -- Pseudo Science?
Explore other area of pseudo science where claims are hazy.
A.12.2 Show* how conflicting assumptions about science themes* lead to different opinions and decisions about evolution*, health, population, longevity, education, and use of resources, and show* how these opinions and decisions have diverse effects on an individual, a community, and a country, both now and in the future
You may use this experiment as an opener to investigate more pseudo sciences that the students might be interested in or some that you may suggest.
physics.uwstout.edu /stoutsci/strategies/Mark_Ferguson.htm   (519 words)

 Pseudo Science Links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Bill Beaty -- He's betting that the breakthroughs come from the fringe of science rather than from mainstream science.
Real science mixed in with the pseudoscience, but it's hard to tell which is which.
Rhythmodynamics -- "Science of the Future", whatever that means.
home.earthlink.net /~cliff_harris/PseudoScience/index.html   (720 words)

 SCIENTIFIC METHOD AND PSEUDO-SCIENCE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Notice how even scientists themselves will have beliefs about the value of their scientific research and the meaning of science, and these beliefs cannot be proven through empirical methods.
This is the view that science is the only reliable way of knowing.
Such events are relatively rare in the history of science.
home.att.net /~profmulder/SCIENCE.htm   (1826 words)

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