AskDefine | Define pseudoscience

Dictionary Definition

pseudoscience n : an activity resembling science but based on fallacious assumptions

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Noun

  1. 1844 Any body of knowledge purported to be scientific or supported by science but which fails to comply with the scientific method.

Usage notes

This term may be used by people who have no underlying familiarity with the subject under consideration, and thus may be seen as pejorative. Its use should be avoided in the absence of relevant information. Also, philosophers of science have been unable to reach consensus on a definition of pseudoscience.

Extensive Definition

Further reading

  • Science or Pseudoscience
  • Debunked
  • Science – Good, Bad and Bogus
  • Scientific Method in Practice
  • The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle In the Dark
  • Why People Believe Weird Things – Pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time
  • The Logic and Methodology of Science and Pseudoscience

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pseudoscience in Arabic: علوم زائفة
pseudoscience in Bosnian: Pseudonauka
pseudoscience in Bulgarian: Лъженаука
pseudoscience in Catalan: Pseudociència
pseudoscience in Czech: Pseudověda
pseudoscience in Welsh: Ffugwyddoniaeth
pseudoscience in Danish: Pseudovidenskab
pseudoscience in German: Pseudowissenschaft
pseudoscience in Estonian: Pseudoteadus
pseudoscience in Modern Greek (1453-): Ψευδοεπιστήμη
pseudoscience in Spanish: Pseudociencia
pseudoscience in Esperanto: Pseŭdoscienco
pseudoscience in Persian: شبه علم
pseudoscience in Faroese: Pseudovísindi
pseudoscience in French: Pseudo-science
pseudoscience in Galician: Pseudociencia
pseudoscience in Korean: 의사과학
pseudoscience in Croatian: Pseudoznanost
pseudoscience in Indonesian: Ilmu semu
pseudoscience in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Pseudoscientia
pseudoscience in Icelandic: Hjáfræði
pseudoscience in Italian: Pseudoscienza
pseudoscience in Hebrew: פסבדו-מדע
pseudoscience in Lithuanian: Pseudomokslas
pseudoscience in Hungarian: Áltudomány
pseudoscience in Malay (macrolanguage): Pseudosains
pseudoscience in Dutch: Pseudowetenschap
pseudoscience in Japanese: 疑似科学
pseudoscience in Norwegian: Pseudovitenskap
pseudoscience in Polish: Pseudonauka
pseudoscience in Portuguese: Pseudociência
pseudoscience in Romanian: Pseudoştiinţă
pseudoscience in Russian: Псевдонаука
pseudoscience in Simple English: Pseudoscience
pseudoscience in Serbian: Псеудонаука
pseudoscience in Finnish: Näennäistiede
pseudoscience in Swedish: Pseudovetenskap
pseudoscience in Vietnamese: Giả khoa học
pseudoscience in Turkish: Sözdebilim
pseudoscience in Chinese: 伪科学
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