Pseudoscience: The absence of evidence

If there’s one word I despise it’s ‘pseudoscience‘, and it’s frequently used by people who don’t actually understand how the ‘scientific method‘ works. Just in case you’re unaware of what pseudoscience is, it’s ideas presented as science, but has no basis, facts or represented using the scientific method. It’s often used by people who prefer Confirmation bias over the truth, ie: faith before facts. The word ‘pseudoscience’ is taken from the Greek root word, ‘pseudo‘, which means false, and the word ‘science‘, which is taken from the Latin word, ‘scientia‘, which means knowledge.

The most perfect examples of people that practise pseudoscience are ‘climate deniers‘, ‘Creationists‘, and ‘Flat Earthers‘, in other words alleged science that has no basis in reality, that’s usually influenced by religious beliefs. Considering their alleged ‘science‘ is claimed by scripture in their holy books, how do they have the audacity to question chemists, physicists, biologists, geologists and respected scientists from their chosen field, who have spent a huge portion of their life studying, researching, experimenting, failing, starting all over again to reach a satisfactory conclusion, just so someone who views the world through ‘God goggles‘ can say ‘No, that’s pseudoscience‘. I know many scientists past and present have been theists, and Sir Francis Bacon was a devout Christian, but he strictly observed the scientific method, which involved a separation of his faith from his science.

They aren’t the ones I have the issue with. The people that infuriate me are the ones who claim gravity doesn’t exist, and it’s density and buoyancy that makes objects accelerate towards an object of mass, despite buoyancy and density being heavily related to gravity. Buoyancy can’t work without gravity,and density is the volume of an objects’ mass, and if the object has a large enough mass it generates gravity. Yet people will argue against astrophysicists like Professor Brian Cox, or Neil deGrasse Tyson and tell them that their theories are pseudoscience.

“It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” – Carl Sagan

Anyone can sit there behind their computer screen and pretend to know what they are talking about, but the key word here is ‘pretend‘. I read all the time that the Bible is the greatest science book ever written. How so?? Where exactly is the science?? Where’s the research, the hypothesis, the experimentation, or the ability to repeat, replicate or improve on a ‘scientific theory‘ The ‘Bible‘, the ‘Torah‘, and the ‘Qur’an‘ are no more a science book than the latest Peppa Pig book.

I’ve written several articles relating to Evolution, ie: Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, the people involved with the theories, and evidence based examples of why Intelligent Design is absolute nonsense, but all you get back is denial, or stupid remarks like ‘every design needs a designer‘, or ‘how can something come from nothing?’, or the standard ‘if we evolved from monkeys then why are there still monkeys?’. It’s so tiresome and frustrating when you’re presented with these infantile arguments, and then told the theory of evolution is pseudoscience.

“Pseudoscience is like a virus. At low levels, it’s no big deal, but when it reaches a certain threshold it becomes sickening.” – Phil Plait

There is a simple experiment that even a child could perform, so you’d imagine that it’d be a walk in the park for a grown up adult theist.

The most perfect example of Evolution is ‘bacteria‘. Place antibiotics on a Petri dish with enough bacteria and wait a few days. There’ll be bacteria that is immune to the antibiotic and it’ll be multiplying. This is called ‘natural selection‘, which is a key attribute to the survival of a species, and a mechanism of evolution.

If you look at the discoveries that scientists have made over the centuries, if religion and pseudoscientists were in control of what was made public, would we have experienced as many breakthroughs? Just look at how Galileo Galilei was treated by the Catholic Church because he dared to say that we lived in a ‘heliocentric‘ solar system and not a ‘geocentric‘ one.