Pseudoscience revisited
Some time ago, I published a post entitled HOW TO BECOME A CHARLATAN. This prompted 'THE NORWEGIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND LETTERS' to invite me to give a lecture on the subject, a great honour, I am sure. Consequently, I have thought about this somewhat unusual subject quite a lot. Obviously, my thoughts come from the perspective of someone who has researched alternative medicine for many years. Pseudoscientists seem to love alternative medicine and proponents of alternative medicine love pseudoscience. As a result, alternative medicine is densely populated by pseudoscientists. But what is the characteristic of pseudoscience? Reflecting on this question, I found not one but several hallmarks (and for each of them, there are many posts on this blog which provide further explanations): A bizarre theory elevated to the status of a dogma Denial Conspiracy theories The abuse of science (not for testing but) for confirming assumptions. Jumping to conclusions The torture of data (until they