LSARC Blog: Fighting pseudo-science – LOCAL2 Sault Ste. Marie

LSARC Blog: Fighting pseudo-science – LOCAL2 Sault Ste. Marie: “”

“Science has its weaknesses and it doesn’t have a stranglehold on the truth, but it has a way of approaching technical issues that is a closer approximation of truth than any other method we have.”
— Dr. Richard Muller (UC Berkeley)

Lake Superior Action Research Conservation (LSARC) sees the scientific method as one of man’s great achievements. The unbiased formulation and testing of hypotheses is the firm foundation upon which progress can be made. Unfortunately more and more we see society backsliding into a morass of pseudo-science.

“Science Under Assault”, an excellent presentation by physicist John Droz states that the scientific process is an assessment that is:

1) Comprehensive,

2) Independent, in the sense of impartial, objective, non-partisan and value-free

3) Transparent,

4) Empirical, technical, all data available, economic & objective real world environmental data – using these four criteria it will be very apparent whether you’re dealing with science or snake oil – Wind energy (for example) has never been subjected to the scientific process.

Instead of framing testable problems, “falsifiable” statements which can be verified and proven right or wrong, pseudo-science relies largely on biased assumptions and cherry-picked references.

“Authors have an inherent responsibility to ensure that they accurately reflect the contents of references cited. Literature reviews which inappropriately cite or misquote references should be viewed with caution.” [1]

The greater the abandonment of the principles of the scientific method, the more work individuals have to do to find the truth in any situation. A fine example of the sort of investigation required is the work of Brett Horner.

…Continue reading on Local2

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About lsarc

LSarc is grassroots protection of Lake Superior through citizen science and volunteerism.  If you are interested in preserving intact ecosystems and restoring biological integrity of the Lake Superior watershed using the scientific method to test hypotheses and research, then you are LSarc LSarc is proud to be a member of the John Muir Trust and the 60th member organization of Wind Concerns Ontario
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