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ModernPhrenology

What are the pseudosciences of today? What will folks look at a century hence and ask "How could they have taken that seriously?" Three perhaps-related candidates that have crossed and recrossed my path:

Common features of these disciplines: big headlines, simple explanations of complex phenonema, and a near-invulnerability to quantitative testing. Where are the real double-blind experiments, the validated test cases? Instead, all one sees are just-so stories.

I hope that I'm wrong and there really is a pony in the barn ... but meanwhile, I'm awaiting solid evidence. Which reminds me of a med-school aphorism:

"The plural of anecdote is bullsh*t!"

(see also ScienceVersusStampCollecting (20 Jun 2000), LogicAndInformation (1 Aug 2001), ... )


TopicScience - Datetag20031019



(correlates: YouCanHaveItAll, FinalLesson, InvisibleWeb, ...)