Angry Doctor

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Invisible Man 3

Reader boon asks on an earlier post:

Do you know if there're any organisations or societies in Singapore which promote critical thinking?

angry doc must say he doesn't, so dear readers, of you do know of any, do let him know. Not that angry doc is keen to join one; he doesn't imagine a group made up entirely of critical-thinkers or skeptics to be society for a fun and easy-going evening, you see.

angry doc is aware, however, of several critical-thinking or skeptic sites and blogs, such as Skeptico's blog which he linked to in the earlier post, Respectful Insolence, which looks at 'medicine, quackery, science, pseudoscience, history, and pseudohistory', and the UK-Skeptics, whose article on pseudoscience angry doc would like to feature today:

What is Pseudoscience?
A theory, methodology, or practise that is without scientific foundation.
Jason Braithwaite PhD, John Jackson © 2006

Pseudosciences are practises that masquerade themselves as science but have little or no scientific evidence or cohesion to support them. They claim to be factual and scientific, yet do not adhere to scientific methodology and principles; notably the scientific principle of falsifiability.

It can be difficult for the non-scientist to discern whether something being claimed as scientific actually is or not. Fortunately pseudoscience has many recognisable features that are distinct from genuine science. These features are outlined below. Whilst not every feature will be common to every form of pseudoscience, any claimed scientific practise that displays at least some of these features is increasingly likely to be pseudoscientific.

You can read the rest of the article here.



  • thanks doc, though I must respectfully disagree with your comment that any gathering of sceptics must be stuffy and yawn-inducing.

    James Randi seems to be having loads of fun debunking pseudo-science and quackery! Would be great to start a Singapore version.

    Think "Myth Busters" which everyone can participate in. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At June 29, 2007 12:56 am  

  • Well, for a start you can look out for businesses that make dubious health claims, and then tip HSA off. Less fun, but probably more effective. :)

    By Blogger angry doc, At June 30, 2007 12:57 pm  

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