Let’s talk about Pseudoscience

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 | A Public Affair

Pseudoscience is like science, but yet it isn’t. So what is pseudoscience? How is pseudoscience different from science?

How does scientists decide what to believe and what not to believe? It’s difficult to say how scientists decide what’s right and what’s not and then whether or not they think they should believe in it. Especially when it comes to climate change, the link between autism and vaccines, and even how Venus was formed.

On Wednesday October 30th, our host Tim Hansel spoke with Princeton University history of science professor and author of “The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe”, Michael Gordin about pseudosciences and why some people believe what they believe and why.

“Scientists have to decide, I’m not going to read this paper, I’m not going to do this. I only have a limited amount and brain in the world to do something. I’m going to focus on these questions and not these ones. And if every time someone came up with a new theory and they had to check it, we’d never get anything done. So they demarcate all the time, they usually just throw things away. They only start calling things pseudoscience when something’s wrong or like when it’s threatening in someway.”- Michael Gordin on Pseudoscience


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