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PseudoscienceThe Conspiracy Against Science$
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Allison B. Kaufman and James C. Kaufman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037426

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037426.001.0001

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Pseudoscience and the Pursuit of Truth

Pseudoscience and the Pursuit of Truth

(p.3) 1 Pseudoscience and the Pursuit of Truth

David K. Hecht

The MIT Press

This article takes a historical and cultural approach to pseudoscience, arguing that it can never be definitively demarcated from real science. It suggests that the persistence of pseudoscience throughout history, and particular in its recent American incarnations, can teach us a lot about why people place trust in the information sources that they do. Ultimately, the history of pseudoscience suggests that we place too much faith in science itself.

Keywords:   history of science, American history, demarcation fallacy

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