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How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


Pseudoscientists often confuse many theories with great understanding. For instance, there are so many theories regarding time travel that today we know more about time travel than ever before. When of course we know nothing about time travel.

Tip Credibility: 10


submitted by Eric Troy 2010-01-24 03:17:19 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


A common bias among pseudoscientists is confirmation bias. This is marked by selective recruitment of evidence that confirms an already entrenched position while ignoring any counter-evidence...even when that evidence is more abundant.

Tip Credibility: 10


submitted by Eric Troy 2010-01-08 11:54:30 am    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


Learn to recognize rhetorical devices. Someone hawking a cancer cure will ask, "Has medical science managed to cure cancer?" This way, they avoid making a direct statement and imply that where medicine failed, they succeeded.

Tip Credibility: 9


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-28 07:40:47 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


Sagan spoke of Bozo the clown. Remember, Bozo himself could post his speculations on the internet. Never before has it been easier for everyone to get a fair hearing. And never before has it been harder to separate science from piles of...pseudoscience.

Tip Credibility: 12


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-19 09:23:40 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


"We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads, but to find the truth we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact." –Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Tip Credibility: 12


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-19 04:21:52 pm    

Weigth Lifting Warmups: General, Specific and Acclimation

  » Health


Although the best general warm-up consists of mobility movements if you do choose to stick with a "cardio" warm-up use an exercise that has a similar range of motion. An elliptical machine, for instance, would be a better choice than a treadmill.

Tip Credibility: 12


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-19 04:07:28 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


As Karl Popper said: "A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is nonscientific. Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice." Take that to heart!

Tip Credibility: 12


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-19 03:52:27 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


Pseudoscience sets a trap for itself by accepting conjectures and, through belief perseverance, rationalizing their great power. Thus every new experience is seen in light of this power or "previous experience". But the original conjectures are bunk!

Tip Credibility: 12


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-19 03:46:02 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


One of the things that makes pseudoscience successful in influencing people's minds is WISHFUL THINKING. Don't engage in wishful thinking. Engage in CRITICAL THINKING.

Tip Credibility: 16


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-18 03:20:55 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


To me, lauguage: terms and their definitions are the breeding ground of most fallacies and obfuscation (misdirection through jargon) is a main ploy of pseudocscience. Read this article by Frederik Bendz http://bit.ly/89MQ1y

Tip Credibility: 12


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-17 05:39:04 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


In that past, skeptical scientists were slow to accept outlandish theories that were later accepted; after rigorous proof. But these are exceptions. They "laughed" at Copernicus but as Carl Sagan said, "They also laughed at Bozo the clown."

Tip Credibility: 12


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-17 03:02:05 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


The two number one laws to apply to outrageous claims and products: 1. You can't get something for nothing, and 2. If it sounds too good to be true; it probably is!

Tip Credibility: 12


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-17 02:52:08 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


A distinguishing characteristic of real science is that it is constantly in flux. Self-correction is built in and everything is "provisional". Pseudoscience, in contrast, is stagnant and rarely waivers from one central point of view.

Tip Credibility: 12


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-17 02:45:54 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


Claims of ancient knowledge are central themes in pseudoscience. In nutrition, a favorite is the claim that the hunter gatherers had "perfect" diets due to some "primal" knowledge, instincts, or lifestyles. Pseudoscience in its purest form.

Tip Credibility: 9


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-15 09:02:11 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


Beware of websites dedicated to one proposition or belief whose only purpose is to "prove" this proposition by rejecting all other alternatives. Rejecting alternative explanations does not automatically "prove" that their proposition is "true".

Tip Credibility: 17


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-12 04:40:40 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


Science is not about being a list of facts that you pull out of a hat to show knowledge. For from it...it deals with questions and possible answers. This is frequently misunderstood.

Tip Credibility: 17


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-11 11:31:46 am    

High Blood Pressure and Exercise

  » Health


A study, http://bit.ly/4K9now (Ground up Strength: Daily Rhythm of Blood Fluidity), examined the different blood passage times at different times of day and such factors as body temperature, heartbeat, hematocrit, white blood cell and total cholesterol.

Tip Credibility: 7


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-07 06:58:23 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


Real scientists seek out contradictions to their theories. Cranks tend to take contradictions to their claim as a personal attack. That is not to say that scientific debates, when the stakes are high, cannot become heated. It is a question of method.

Tip Credibility: 17


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-12-05 06:02:37 pm    

Building a Home Gym

  » Health


Know that you do not need to purchase commercial quality equipment for your home gym. Such equipment is meant to withstand the use of many people on a daily basis. Spend the most money on those things that are prone to the most damage.

Tip Credibility: 6


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-11-25 04:01:24 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


Remember the rule of falsifiability. For claims to be scientifically valid, rational counter-arguments must be possible. A claim that cannot be falsified is invalid. "We are unhealthy because we have stopped relying on our instincts" is such a claim.

Tip Credibility: 17


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-11-23 02:06:27 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


The mysterious "they" is usually not given concrete identity but the scientific or medical "establishment" is a frequent target, along with "big pharma" or "big oil"; portrayed as secret and select entities where membership is exclusive.

Tip Credibility: 18


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-11-22 05:56:45 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


"They don't want you to know" is THE number one pseudoscience assertion. ALWAYS view this statement as suspect. It does nothing to verify a claim, even if true, which it is not very likely to be.

Tip Credibility: 17


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-11-22 05:49:23 pm    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


Be wary of people who simply attack existing explanations without offering any new explanation. This tactic is meant prey on your doubts - not to enlighten but to attract your money for some dubious product or service. Or just to attract attention.

Tip Credibility: 18


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-11-21 11:44:25 am    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


Pay close attention to things like maverick, lone wolf, unconventional, or "outsider" used to describe a so called scientist and his claims. The implication being that the claims are being suppressed by some scientific fraternity for selfish reasons.

Tip Credibility: 26


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-11-20 09:32:36 am    

How to Spot Pseudoscience (In no particular order)

  » Science & Mathematics


Be aware that "alternative" is usually a euphemism for untested. In that vane watch out for science based on conspiracy: Anything that is alternative to "mainstream" information must be superior because the mainstream, or "they" are out to get you!

Tip Credibility: 18


submitted by Eric Troy 2009-11-19 05:06:56 pm    
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