what is a pseudoscience? how do we experience it everyday? and why is it not scientifically valid?

really need help with examples to find a better understanding, thank you for your input

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    Creationism is the most prevalent example of pseudoscience today.

    Contrary to standard scientific methodology, which starts with evidence and arrives at a conclusion based on that evidence, creationism begins with a conclusion--specifically that certain myths in the Bible are true--and argues backwards from that conclusion and tries to find evidence for that conclusion.

    Since there is no actual evidence in support of creationism, its pseudoscientists are forced to argue against the validity of any finding of science that conflicts with creationist belief, primarily  evolution and the ancient age of the earth. In doing so, they usually resort to misrepresentation, deception, omission of facts, and outright falsehoods in their attempts to refute those findings of science.

    For example, they will misrepresent or distort what other scientists say about those subjects. One such example is the Wistar Conference.

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    Because of problems with Y!A programming when changes are made to postings, I tried to delete the Wistar Institute link in order to provide another link to respond to CRR’s edit. That link also was a victim of the programming.

    In any case, the **1966** Wistar Conference (out of date, but CRR didn’t let you know that) is a victim of cherry picking by IDiots and promoters of creationism to produce incomplete statements that give a false impression of what was actually said.

    If “the mutation selection mechanism [of evolution] has been untenable ever since” the Wistar Conference, it seems odd that it has not been acknowledged as such in the scientific community and evolution been thrown out, and particularly by the Wistar Institute itself, contrary to its continued acceptance of evolution in my original link.

    It seems odd that CRR did not pick up on that. Or not.

  • CRR
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    A pseudoscience is one that is inconsistent with the available evidence. One example is the theory of evolution. The mutation selection mechanism has been untenable ever since the Wistar Conference last century and the evidence against it has been accumulating since then.

    I'm sure you can find plenty of examples for yourself.

    [edit] Lighting the Way to Reality has managed to confuse the Wistar Conference with the Wistar Institute. No, LWR, they're not the same thing.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Well, real science is about hypotheses to explain observations, and believing in them until there's evidence or proof that the hypothesis is wrong.

    For instance, the "one-drop-rule" and the hypothesis that humans come in genetically distinct races were proven wrong after WW2, when we got the ability to compare people's DNA

    Those who still pretend that humans come in races are practicing pseudo-science

  • Jim
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Pseudoscience consists of statements, beliefs, or practices that are claimed to be both scientific and factual but are incompatible with the scientific method. Examples: climate change denial, astrology, alchemy, some alternative medicine, occult beliefs, anti-vaccine activism and promotion of homeopathic remedies. The problem is there's a partial truth.

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