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Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science

  • Date Submitted: 03/21/2010 09:25 PM
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In the article “Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science” the author Robert L. Park discusses seven different warning signs that mayprove that a science being presented is bogus. The first sign is “The discoverpitches the claim directly to the media.”(Park) This is when a scientist does not give other scientist a chance to study the claim or perform research on the claim that is being presented and takes it straight to the media.
The second sign is “The discoverer says that a powerful establishment is trying to suppress his or her work.”(Park) This is when a scientist tries to say that they have come up with this great invention or discovery but can notpresent it because the government or other agencies don’t want it to be discovered.
The third sign is “ The scientific effect involved is always at the very limit of detection.”(Park) This means that there are no facts to back up what is being presented. Meaning that the scientist says that something exist but has no clear evidence that is does.
The fourth sign is “Evidence for a discovery is anecdotal.”(Park) This means that the evidence presented may be true but does not go with the conclusion. An example would be if I say that “my uncle drank alcohol like a fish but died healthy in a freak accident.” This statement does not prove that alcohol doesn’t cause liver disease.
The fifth sign is “The discoverer says a belief is credible because it has endured for centuries.”(Park) This means that old remedies that may have worked in a certain era or not guaranteed to be accurate. There are a lot of things that we as human beings did not know about 100 years ago that we know now which can disprove that certain remedies back then were not the cause of a person getting well.
The sixth sign is “The discoverer has worked in isolation.”(Park) This means that a scientistscomes up with this big breakthrough all alone. This is probally not true because most scientist used other scientist work and build on it and you...


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