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Re: "No Bolides!"
Rob Meyerson wrote:
> McReese writes;
> >If science is not the persuit of truth then why is
> >everyone one in an uproar about psuedo-science? How can there be psuedo
> >science if science has nothhing to do with truth?
> Good question, however there is a difference.
> The problem here deals with the tactics/steps that one takes to
> "prove" a point. In the realm of pseudo-science (in quotes since we
> never really prove anything for all time), the steps taken are far
> from rigorous, and tend to be based more on the researchers opinions,
> or financial goals, rather than what the facts/experiments may
> suggest. For example: a chemical company making an
> untested/poorly-tested claim on a new product (all to common). Also,
> pseudo-scientists tend use the mass media to spread their ideas
> (trying to sway public opinion), rather than submitting them to a
> scientific journal for peer review. The main concern here is a
> question of rigorous testing over ideas that are slopped together and
> shipped to market.
> -- 8< SNIP SNIP
Try reading Popper's book "The Logic of Scientific Discovery"