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Science is the intellectual and pragmatic action incorporating the systematic study of the structure and conduct of the physical and normal world through observation and experiment. It constitutes a body of knowledge and the process to which we can increase new knowledge that includes cautious observation, experimentation and statistical methods to affirm or dismiss a theory or hypothesis (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2015). This means that in the process of increasing knowledge, science unfolds something new by going above the...
In the late 1700s, researchers were interested in finding ways to link the brain and specific behaviors together, or essentially, brain mapping. One of these researchers was a German born physician, Franz Joseph Gall. He came up with five basic tenets including that the brain is the organ of the mind and is composed of distinct innate faculties, which means that each faculty should have a separate organ in the brain. He also claimed that the size of the brain...
Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of medicine that is still used to this day to cure many different conditions. Some people believe that anything practiced medically must be scientific, however that is not always correct. Whether cupping therapy is a science, or a pseudoscience, is not yet proven. Cupping has been depicted as a special therapeutic method, but the evidence provided is controversial. Causation and correlation are a major factor of the medical method which often gets confused...
Pseudoscience tries to imitate real science, but lacks the rigor and accepted standards of the practice. It can be dangerous and unethical; therefore, it is critical individuals are aware of the numerous characteristics and red flags that can alert consumers to whether a product may be based upon pseudoscience or genuine science. The website advertising Body Vibes demonstrates many pseudoscience features including a reliance on authority, lack of empirical evidence, claiming to treat a vast array of problems through natural...
Acupuncture is a traditional form of medicine primarily used for pain relief that has been in practice for thousands of years. Although many people believe in it and its benefits, it’s a pseudoscience, meaning it does not qualify as a real science. Even after thousands of years of development and changes, it is still not an effective form of medicine. For one, it does not pass the hallmarks of science. There have been hundreds of studies conducted by scientists and...