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Pseudoscience in the News: Preposterous Propositions and Media Mayhem Matters

by: Thomas O'Brien

The nature of science (NOS) is to rely on empirical evidence, logical argument, and skeptical review, versus pseudoscience (e.g., astrology), which falsely claims scientific validity and credibility despite the weight of contradictory evidence. Both science and pseudoscience are creative, but the latter is not balanced by critical, skeptical review by a community of scholars (or when it is, it does not hold up or has been falsified). Pseudoscience “news” is critiqued to help identify the defining attributes of science. An Extension activity features a critical review of the legitimacy of astrology.

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Type Book ChapterPub Date 3/1/2011Stock # PB271X2_5

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