hart1065: January 2012 Archives

Have you ever heard an advertisement on the radio that sounds reliable, that their product will actually work, but in reality the company just knows the scientific terminology to sell products? This is something that can be referred to as "psychobabble." One of the many warning signs of a psychology term called pseudoscience. Pseudoscience is a set of claims that seem to be scientific but in actuality are not. It is said to be an imposter of science. Yes, we can test pseudoscientific claims, but often times the proponents avoid harsh examination.

Pseudoscience tends to rely heavily on anecdotal evidence, taking the most dramatic claims of one or two individuals instead of looking at the scientific evidence. For an example, when doing a weight loss program one person lost 78 pounds and another lost 84 pounds, but those were the only successful weight losses recorded the advertiser would only focus on those to people, avoiding the people who did not have as much success.

Every one of us has fallen victim to pseudoscience without even realizing it. It is important to pay attention to these warning signs to avoid taking part in something that is not as reliable as people may say.

About this Archive

This page is an archive of recent entries written by hart1065 in January 2012.

hart1065: February 2012 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.