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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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The Road to Pseudoscientific Thinking

The Road to Pseudoscientific Thinking | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
How to prevent the most salient feature from being the least informative
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A short article from Scientific American indicating why we are more likely to remember useless ideas.
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7 Ways to Identify Pseudoscience

7 Ways to Identify Pseudoscience | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

A How can you tell if a something qualifies as science or if it falls into the realm of pseudoscience? It's not always easy.  Clever marketers have found ways to pass off shady work as legitimate, often disguising a bogus product or claim with scientific jargon. Rodney Schmaltz and Scott O. Lilienfeld, authors of Hauntings, homeopathy, and the…

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A reasonable list of statements that are the signs of pseudoscience..

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Alternative medicine: The illusion of control : Respectful Insolence

Alternative medicine: The illusion of control : Respectful Insolence | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We humans like control. Actually, we need to feel as though we are in control. Perhaps that's why, when we aren't in control--can't be in control, for whatever reason--we instinctively seek ways of being more in control, or at least...
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How to Distinguish Science From Pseudoscience

How to Distinguish Science From Pseudoscience | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Sometimes, it can be difficult to distinguish science from pseudoscience... Good science... Follows the evidence wherever it leads Embraces criticism Uses precise terminology with clear definitions Provides claims that are conservative and tentative Properly considers all evidence and arguments Uses rigorous and repeatable methods Engages with peers and community Follows careful and valid logic Changes…
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A good check list.

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10 Questions To Distinguish Real From Fake Science - Forbes

10 Questions To Distinguish Real From Fake Science - Forbes | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

"Pseudosciences are usually pretty easily identified by their emphasis on confirmation over refutation, on physically impossible claims, and on terms charged with emotion or false "sciencey-ness," which is kind of like "truthiness" minus Stephen Colbert"

[10 ways to tell fake science from the real thing]

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