Although I have learned a tremendous amount this semester about Psychology, the concept that I will remember most 5 years from now is Pseudoscience. Pseudoscience is a claim, belief, or practice which is presented as scientific, even though it does not hold up in the scientific method. This is a very broad take away point from the class, but I have already seen myself thinking more like a scientist when I hear or see advertisements that seem to lack somewhere in the scientific method. I think I will remember the most about pseudoscience 5 years from now because pseudoscience is so common that most people don't recognize it as being invalid. By taking note of the various warning signs such as exaggerated claims, overreliance on anecdotes and talk of "proof" instead of "evidence" has helped me make choices when I'm buying products. One good example of this is when I was watching TV the other day and 5 or 6 weight loss commercials came on in a row. Every single one of these ads was basically the same, claiming that their pill or program was "scientifically proven" to make you lose weight.
Skeptical yet Reasonable
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