Psychology, Science, and Pseudoscience: Class #02 (Appearance of Science)

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In short: Whether something is 'science' depends on its processes and underlying philosophies, and not on its superficial appearances. Hence, stuff can sometimes appear 'scientific' when it is actually not scientific at all...AND SIMILARLY, stuff can sometimes appear 'unscientific' or silly, when it is actually perfectly scientific and reasonable.

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Psychology, Science, and Pseudoscience: Class #02 (Appearance of Science)

  1. 1. PS409 Psychology, Science, & Pseudoscience Dr Brian Hughes School of Psychologybrian.hughes@nuigalway.ie @b_m_hughes
  2. 2. What makes something (or someone)scientific?
  3. 3. What makes something (or someone)scientific?
  4. 4. Science
  5. 5. Science
  6. 6. Science
  7. 7. Science http://ed.fnal.gov/projects/scientists/index
  8. 8. The language of science “Penguinone”
  9. 9. The language of science “Traumatic acid” “Erotic acid” “Moronic acid”
  10. 10. The language of science “diethyl azodicarboxylate” or “DEAD” “2-deoxyuridine-5- monophosphate” or “dUMP” “tripentafluorophenylborane” or “BArF”
  11. 11. The language of science “poly-L-ornithine” “Arsole” or “PORN” “Fornacite” “Dickite” “Cummingtonite”
  12. 12. The language of science “poly-L-ornithine” “Arsole” or “PORN” “Fornacite” “Dickite” “Cummingtonite”
  13. 13. The language of science “Fukalite” “Fucitol” “Fuchsite” “Fucol” Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655 Gene: “fucU”
  14. 14. The language of science http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/sillymolecules/sillymols.htm
  15. 15. The language of science Turdus migratorius
  16. 16. The language of science Agra vation
  17. 17. The language of science Aha ha
  18. 18. The language of science Enema pan
  19. 19. The language of science Burgeranus
  20. 20. Ways of knowing Authority Rationalism Intuition, etc. Science
  21. 21. “Science” (blah, blah, blah) “any system of knowledge that is concerned with the physical world and its phenomena and that entails unbiased observations and systematic experimentation” (Encyclopaedia Britannica) “1. the systematic observation of natural events and conditions in order to discover facts about them and to formulate laws and principles based on these facts. 2. the organized body of knowledge that is derived from such observations and that can be verified or tested by further investigation” (Academic Press Dictionary of Science & Technology) “The real purpose of the scientific method is to make sure Nature hasnt misled you into thinking you know something you dont actually know.” (Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)
  22. 22. PS409 Psychology, Science, & Pseudoscience Dr Brian Hughes School of Psychologybrian.hughes@nuigalway.ie @b_m_hughes

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