publication . Article . 2004

pseudohistory and pseudoscience

Douglas Allchin;
  • Published: 28 Apr 2004 Journal: Science & Education, volume 13, pages 179-195 (issn: 0926-7220, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
The dangers of pseudoscience – parapsychology, astrology,creationism, etc. – are widely criticized. Lessons in the history of science are oftenviewed as an educational remedy by conveying the nature of science. But such histories canbe flawed. In particular, many stories romanticize scientists, inflate the drama of their discoveries,and oversimplify the process of science. They are, literally and rhetorically, myths.While based on real historical events, they distort the basis of scientific authority and fosterunwarranted stereotypes. Such stories are pseudohistory. Like pseudoscience, they promotefalse ideas about science – in this case, about how science works...
free text keywords: Demarcation problem, Philosophy of science, Creationism, Astrology, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Social science, Science education, Nature of Science, Psychology, Pseudoscience, Pseudohistory
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