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Four Examples of Pseudoscience

Villavicencio, Marcos (2020) Four Examples of Pseudoscience. [Preprint]

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A relevant issue in the philosophy of science is the demarcation problem: how to distinguish science from nonscience, and, more specifically, science from pseudoscience. Sometimes, the demarcation problem is debated from a very general perspective, proposing demarcation criteria to separate science from pseudoscience, but without discussing any specific field in detail. This article aims to focus the demarcation problem on particular disciplines or theories. After considering a set of demarcation criteria, four pseudosciences are examined: psychoanalysis, speculative evolutionary psychology, universal grammar, and string theory. It is concluded that these theoretical frameworks do not meet the requirements to be considered genuinely scientific.

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Item Type: Preprint
Villavicencio, Marcosmvillavicencio1@outlook.com0000-0001-6700-4872
Keywords: Demarcation Problem · Pseudoscience · Psychoanalysis · Evolutionary psychology · Universal grammar · String theory
Subjects: General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
Depositing User: Mr. Marcos Villavicencio Sánchez
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 20:33
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2020 20:33
Item ID: 16777
Subjects: General Issues > Science vs. Pseudoscience
Date: 5 January 2020

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