|Title||What is science? What is Pseudoscience?|
|Publication Type||Web Article|
|Year of Publication||2002|
|Access Date||Oct 30, 2011|
|Last Update Date||December 2009|
|Publisher||Lock Haven University website|
|City||Lock Haven, PA|
A visitor to my web site asks "What is the definition of pseudoscience?" That's a fair, but challenging, question. Normally one would expect the practitioners of a discipline to define it, but in this case the practitioners of pseudoscience don't recognize the validity of the label.
It's fairly easy to distinguish science from pseudoscience on the basis of the final product, the laws and theories. If the results (1) cannot be tested in any way, (2) have been tested and always failed the test, or (3) predict results that are contradictory to well established and well tested science, then we can fairly safely say that we are dealing with pseudoscience.