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The Parasites of Science. A Psycho-cognitive Characterization of a Pseudo-scientific Hoax

Fasce, Angelo (2017) The Parasites of Science. A Psycho-cognitive Characterization of a Pseudo-scientific Hoax. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 32 (3). pp. 347-365. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

The theoretical framework of research on pseudoscience is deficient,since it usually includes other types of beliefs lacking epistemic warranty. In this paper, I review the mechanisms of exploitation of scientific authority by pseudoscience, developing a more refined psycho-cognitive framework to characterize the phenomenon. I will analyze the psychology of pseudoscientific deception, the cognitive roots that enable the epidemiology of these ideas and their mechanisms of self-legitimation, such as dialectical superiority, false external support or false ethical and/or epistemological superiority.


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Fasce, Angeloangelofasce@hotmail.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Pseudoscience, demarcation, scientific authority, epistemic warranty
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2017 14:13
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2017 14:13
Item ID: 14063
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.17775
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: September 2017
Page Range: pp. 347-365
Volume: 32
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14063

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