A "hobo" clown at heart, down on my luck (previously but not now), but eternally optimistic :o)
Oct 11, 2010
Pet Peeve - Pseudoscience
The word "pseudo" means fake, and the surest way to spot a fake is to know as much as possible about the real thing, in this case science itself. When we speak of knowing science we do not mean simply knowing scientific facts (e.g., the distance from earth to sun; the age of the earth; the distinction between mammal and reptile, etc.) We mean that one must know about the nature of science itself—the criteria of evidence, the design of meaningful experiments, the weighing of possibilities, the testing of hypotheses, the establishment of theories, the many aspects of the methods of science which make it possible to draw accurate, reliable, meaningful conclusions about the phenomena of the physical universe.
However, the media provide a continuous bombardment of sheer nonsense, misinformation, fantasy and confusion—all proclaimed to be "true facts." Sifting sense from nonsense is an almost overwhelming job.
I have to admit my frustration at listening to mainstream news, they certainly are not constrained by facts, and eliminate relevant information for a sound bite. Sounds very reminiscent of modern day politics, especially the Tea Party Express.
We must be skeptical of information and make an evaluation based on facts and research, not just listen to the loudest talking head.
One of my favorites in renewable energy is that "hydrogen is easy to produce, available everywhere, and nonpolluting when burned." It takes significant energy to break apart hydrogen and oxygen atoms, and if it was so easy, it would already be in production.