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Cfb 3333 - The Scientific Method (Debunking Pseudoscience)
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Schramm 1 Kristen Schramm Professor Cotton Scalise CFB 3333 MWF 11 11 50 November 21 2014 Book Review 2 Today s culture is packed to near capacity with information that is referred to as scientific but in reality a surprising portion of it falls into the category of pseudoscience Scholars have worked endlessly to educate the public on what is science and what is not and one great example of this is the book Voodoo Science by Robert Park Voodoo Science offers a clear scientific view of a broad range of real pseudoscience claims that was written for the average reader and not for a scholarly journal like most scientific literature Park not only describes these many accounts of voodoo science but takes the time to explain how these claims can be easily turned down by the general pubic He also offers non threatening intriguing opinions on what consequences society may face if pseudoscience claims are not recognized as fraudulent Finally Park recognizes the factors imbedded in society that are intentionally or not advocating for the continuation of accepting voodoo science Voodoo Science offers a rare combination of incorporating useful relevant scientific information against pseudoscience in a way that the general public can relate to and easily interpret Pseudoscience claims have no boundaries making them hard to even keep up with but over the last century there have been several more significant claims that caught national attention These are the types of cases that Robert Park discusses in great detail in Voodoo Science I feel that he chooses these higher profile cases so that he can show Schramm 2 how easy it is for a pseudoscience claim based on nothing close to science to fool people into believing it is based off of quality scientific data and analysis Unless someone is trained in reading and interpreting scientific information it would be near impossible for them to recognize when data or the mechanisms behind it is faulty Park goes on to discuss this concept



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