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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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Using Case Studies to Combat a Pseudoscience Culture

Using Case Studies to Combat a Pseudoscience Culture

(p.395) 18 Using Case Studies to Combat a Pseudoscience Culture

Clyde Freeman Herreid

The MIT Press

To combat pseudoscience, students must first understand that science is not just a collection of facts but it is a way of discovering the nature of the physical world. The way that scientists go about their business is best learned by active learning strategies such as studying case studies of famous discoveries, rather than hearing about them via lecture as revealed wisdom. Equally, the follies of pseudoscience are best exposed when students discuss how extraordinary claims fail to live up to the canons of science where evidence is the final arbiter of truth.

Keywords:   Science, pseudoscience, scientific method, peer evaluation, creationism, astrology, chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, Tuskegee experiment

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