pseudoscience

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pseudoscience an activity resembling science but based on fallacious assumptions
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pseudoscience False or pretended science; a pretended science.
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Usage

In literature:

The subject in question is the old familiar one of false inductions or pseudoscience.
"A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Before that time religion had been much more a business of fetish, of pseudoscience, than of conscience.
"A Short History of the World" by H. G. Wells
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In news:

Princeton Professor to Discuss 'The Pseudoscience Wars' in Memorial Lecture.
It arose during the great fad-diet renaissance of 2008, after Atkins had been thoroughly debunked by the master's unfortunate heart attack and the market for bombastic pseudoscience was wide open.
Pseudoscience is the shaky foundation of practices–often medically related–that lack a basis in evidence.
Conservative resistance to pseudoscience is nothing to be ashamed.
Single-sex classes: Were they a success or pseudoscience .
Pseudoscience and Tennessee's Classrooms.
Pseudoscience continued to thrive in 2011, making my choice for the worst quackery of the year a difficult one.
Popular Science's Brief Foray Into Pseudoscience.
Judge stops W. Single-sex classes: Were they a success or pseudoscience.
They were told if they failed the "test" – a form of pseudoscience since it can't reliably determine if a woman is a virgin – they'd be charged with prostitution.
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In science:

After a short summary of the Sokal Affair and of the point of view of Steven Weinberg, we discuss certain aspects of the scientist ideology present in the last book of Alan Sokal Pseudoscience and Postmodernism: Antagonists or Fellow-Travelers?, published in France.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
He has just published in France a new book with the catchy title Pseudoscience and Postmodernism: Antagonists or Fel low-Travelers? .
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
It is undoubtedly the case that drawing comparisons between postmodernism and pseudoscience has a certain appeal, even if Sokal concedes that he has only found a few postmodern thinkers who rally to the cause of the pseudosciences.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
The real novelty of the book is elsewhere, however, and can be found in Appendix A entitled ‘Religion as pseudoscience”.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
This last affirmation smacks simply of defamation though it is interesting, nonetheless, to try to understand why religion for Sokal (and Bricmont) is a pseudoscience in the same way that astrology is.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
Alan Sokal, Pseudosciences et postmodernisme : Adversaires ou compagnons de route ?, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2005, translation from English by Barbara Hochstedt, foreword by Jean Bricmont.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
The danger of pseudoscience in informetrics.
Caveats for using statistical significance tests in research assessments
Shermer,M.(1997) Why people believe Weird Things: PseudoScience, Superstitution, and other confusions of our time.
Does Meaning Evolve?
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