Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A theory, methodology, or practice that is considered to be without scientific foundation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any body of knowledge purported to be scientific or supported by science but which fails to comply with the scientific method.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. False or pretended science; a pretended science.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an activity resembling science but based on fallacious assumptions

Etymologies

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pseudo- +‎ science.

Examples

  • The term pseudoscience is also often applied to theories which are falsifiable and have in fact been falsified and discarded. astrological theories predicted regular planetary effects on the earth and human health, but testing those failed.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • Yes, this article is intended as a serious part of the phlosophy of science, and to address the question of whether the term pseudoscience has any "scientific" content at all.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • However, scientists do not use the term pseudoscience is any serious way, its a term of mere abuse, signifying that something is beneath their serious consideration.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • However, in response to uour comment, the bottom line I thinlk is that there is nothing objective about the term pseudoscience While itself appearing to be a scientific judgement, it is a term that seems irremediably subjective and unscientific

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • This is NOT a defence of bad science, rather it is to say that something might properly be criticised as illogical, contrary to known facts, vague, incoherent, fraudulent etc, all of which can be documented objectively, but the term pseudoscience is merely an arbitrary judgement based on presumed authority; it's a label guaranteed to inflame but with no content.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • Partly, this is because many critics of particular areas simply do not use the term pseudoscience, partly because of the lack of an effective operational definition of pseudoscience, and partly because the pejorative overtones detract from objectivity.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • Numerous presentations debunked with documentation what they called the pseudoscience and dictatorial intentions promoted by the UN, the European Union, and the Obama administration.

    WORLDMag.com

  • Those who know about pseudoscience and the common tricks employed by pseudoscientists will be much less likely to be fooled than someone who has been taught that the term "pseudoscience" is useless rhetoric.

    Demarcation as Politics

  • In any case Macht's OP stands; 'pseudoscience' is a label thrown about for political purposes rather than a useful classification for the pursuit of truth.

    Demarcation as Politics

  • When regulated health professionals themselves engage in pseudoscience, it is up to the colleges and professional bodies to step in and ensure that obesity care is delivered in an ethical and professional manner with due regard to best evidence.

    Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes » Blog Archive » Weight Loss Miracles

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