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In short: These presentations comprise 'Psychology, Science, & Pseudoscience', my 2011/12 class for undergrads at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The first message is: science isn't always ...

In short: These presentations comprise 'Psychology, Science, & Pseudoscience', my 2011/12 class for undergrads at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The first message is: science isn't always what it seems

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  • PS409 Psychology, Science, & Pseudoscience Dr Brian Hughes School of Psychologybrian.hughes@nuigalway.ie @b_m_hughes
  • Our arrangements Lectures Tues, 4-5 p.m., O’Flaherty Theatre Thurs, 9-10 a.m., IT250• Lecture presentations – To be placed on Blackboard some time after classes – Insufficient on their own as study aids
  • Readings– Schick, T., & Vaughn, L. (2010). Hughes, B. M. (2011). How to Think About Weird Conceptual and Historical Issues Things: Critical Thinking for a New in Psychology. Age, 6th edition. Boston: Harlow: Prentice Hall McGraw-Hill.
  • Readings http://thesciencebit.net
  • So what is this thing called “Pseudoscience”?
  • So what is this thing called “Pseudoscience”? “A practice that has the superficialappearance of a science but which fails to meet the quality standards normally required of sciences” -- Hughes (2011)
  • The wonder of crystalsCrystals are solids that form by aregular, repeated pattern of moleculesconnecting togetherTheir apparent complexity results fromthe repetition of simplicityAccording to some experts (e.g., theMineralogical Society of America)… Silicates, a type of crystal, make up the great bulk of the rocks in the Earths crust The geometric patterns of crystal faces reflect the internal atomic arrangements of the crystal structure
  • The wonder of crystals According to other experts (e.g., mysticalsoup.com)… When held close to the human body, crystals can do the following good things: Reduce cholesterol (ruby) Prevent nosebleeds (sapphire) Improve hearing problems (sapphire) Deal with kidney stones (malachite) Enhance the reproductive system (coral) Enhance the circulatory system (carnelian) Enhance the immune system (aquamarine)
  • The wonder of crystals According to other experts (e.g., mysticalsoup.com)… When held close to the human body, crystals can do the following good things: Increase happiness (aquamarine) Reduce anger (amethyst) Increase confidence (citrine) Amplify thoughts (diamond) Expand knowledge (jade) Deal with shyness (lapis) Ensure monogamy (emerald)
  • Crystals can even cure cancer* *not really
  • Andcrystals are sexy!
  • What would happen if youconcocted your own mystical crystal ‘power’? Derren Brown, “Messiah”, Channel 4/E4, January 2005 See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_(Derren_Brown_special) for more information
  • PS409 Psychology, Science, & Pseudoscience Dr Brian Hughes School of Psychologybrian.hughes@nuigalway.ie @b_m_hughes