It may be comparatively easy to deal with new science and technology developments, it is far harder to cover pseudoscience for many reasons. High on the list of reasons is that pseudoscience is not “real” in the same way as the others – it is essentially made-up stuff masquerading as true science.
Though we can say what pseudoscience is not – it is not really science, accurate demonstrable, verifiable or objectively evidenced – it is very tricky to say what it actually is. Worse, thanks to the craziness inherent in fruitloopery, it is often hard to tell the difference between pseudoscience and the far-out insanity of the fruitloop claims at the extreme edge of the fake boundary.
The trick, it seems. is to be able to recognise the “magic words” of the outright crazy – things like “quantum energy vibration” which appears to be a favourite right now – and the simple unproven claims of the pseudo-scientist. A couple of examples of particular pseudoscience that appeal here at Changed Times might serve to help.
A particular favourite pseudoscience here is the completely and utterly fake science known as homeopathy. For any who do not know, this particular “alternative medicine” is the one where water supposedly holds a “memory” of something that has been diluted totally out of a solution… while somehow forgetting all the crap that was also in the water… and will magically cure illnesses because of what isn’t there any more.
Even more than other areas, pseudoscience is one where you, the reader, will be very important since you can pass on stories through the Letters Pages to be followed up in the main stories. Do be careful though – pseudo-scientists have been known to issue libel lawsuits against those who point out the shaky foundations they stand on.
- What Is Pseudoscience? (scientificamerican.com)
- Finding Pseudoscience is not an Exact Science (danmc666.wordpress.com)
- Pseudoscience is a Good Thing™! (kestalusrealm.wordpress.com)
- A “disinformation campaign” against homeopathy? (scienceblogs.com)
- The tools of a real-life ghostbuster [Pseudoscience] (io9.com)
- Recognizing Pseudoscience (ilpiano.wordpress.com)
- Pseudoscience homeopathy can get you a health sciences degree at Australian universities. The end of the world is nigh! (sansscience.wordpress.com)
- University of Westminster, I still believe you are teaching pseudoscience degrees and am surprised your Life Sciences people think otherwise (josephinejones.wordpress.com)
- When Science Fails – Bully (theness.com)