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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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Understanding Pseudoscience Vulnerability through Epistemological Development, Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy

Understanding Pseudoscience Vulnerability through Epistemological Development, Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy

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(p.223) 9 Understanding Pseudoscience Vulnerability through Epistemological Development, Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy
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Pseudoscience
Author(s):

Arnold Kozak

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037426.003.0009

The American public is vulnerable to pseudoscience due to 1) a general lack of science literacy (e.g., not knowing how to distinguish science from pseudoscience 2) pedagogy that emphasizes memorization of facts over critical thinking (e.g., knowing how to ask questions), 3) insufficient epistemological development (e.g., not knowing how to evaluate truth claims), and 4) media distortions of science. This chapter will review these causes and explore a case example of the science claims made by the mindfulness movement that is currently popular in America.

Keywords:   pseudoscience vulnerability, scientific literacy, critical thinking, epistemological development, mindfulness movement

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