The Allure of Pseudoscience

(via Berfrois) // By Sebastian Normandin.

The persistence and proliferation of pseudoscientific thinking in contemporary culture demands explanation. Clearly there are some pragmatic reasons for its expanded existence, and people will often trot these out when discussing the topic. For one, there is the lack of basic science education, leading to gullibility and a lack of criticality with respect to ideas that sound “scientific”. This is likely exacerbated by modern communication channels, which allow people to distribute dubious ideas widely across various networks and webs. Add to this the uncritical faith people have in knowledge whose appearance is of a scientific or technological nature and you have a recipe for why we find ourselves floating in a thick, soupy broth of badly conceived concepts and ideas.

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