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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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Truth Shall Prevail

Truth Shall Prevail

(p.467) 22 Truth Shall Prevail
Paul Joseph Barnett, James C. Kaufman
The MIT Press

The ultimate goal of science is to discover truth. Like all human endeavors, science is prone to mistakes, but by its nature it perpetually revisits and corrects past errors and misunderstandings. Proponents of pseudoscience are a constant impediment to progress. They spread half-truths, misinterpretations, and outright lies to advance their cause. They prefer anecdotes to evidence, and are less concerned about proving they’re right than they are with persuading other to believe science might be wrong. Billions have been spent, hundreds of lives lost, and countless resources and work hours have been wasted in this battle between evidence-based science, and pseudoscience. It is easy to become frustrated or to lose hope, but giving up is not the answer. Promoting critical thinking in every aspect of society and engaging with acolytes of pseudoscience will help repair the damage they’ve caused and develop a more empirically oriented culture.

Keywords:   Truth, media, trust, cost to society

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