On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience by Michael D. Gordin
English | April 19th, 2021 | ISBN: 0197555764 | 136 pages | True EPUB | 5.96 MB
Everyone has heard of the term "pseudoscience", typically used to describe something that looks like science, but is somehow false, misleading, or unproven. Many would be able to agree on a list of things that fall under its umbrella– astrology, phrenology, UFOlogy, creationism, and eugenics might come to mind. But defining what makes these fields "pseudo" is a far more complex issue. It has proved impossible to come up with a simple criterion that enables us to differentiate pseudoscience from genuine science. Given the virulence of contemporary disputes over the denial of climate change and anti-vaccination movements–both of which display allegations of "pseudoscience" on all sides– there is a clear need to better understand issues of scientific demarcation.