Pseudoscience versus science

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“Yes, the world would be a more interesting place if there were UFOs lurking in the deep waters off Bermuda and eating ships and planes, or if dead people could take control of our hands and write us messages.  It would be fascinating if adolescents were able to make telephone handsets rocket off their cradles just be thinking at them, or if our dreams could, more often than can be explained by chance and our knowledge of the world, accurately foretell the future.”

Just one nice passage among many, many in Carl Sagan’sThe Demon-Haunted World (AVAILABLE IN MOST PUBLIC LIBRARIES).  Well, Dr. Sagan, if the world would be more interesting if the unexplained UFOs were in fact space aliens, if we could communicate with the dead or space aliens, etc., why are you scientists such stuffy, party-poopers, insisting that the evidence is not good enough to prove that these things exist?  With thousands of eye-witnesses, what more do you need?  Sagan wrote that passage above just before he discussed pseudoscience in “The Demon-Haunted World“.  If we understand the difference between real science and pseudoscience, perhaps we can understand the view of many scientists and skeptics that the UFO research is pseudoscience.”

Click and read the following excellent article by Nick Strobel:

PSEUDOSCIENCE VERSUS SCIENCE

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Norio Hayakawa’s CIVILIAN INTELLIGENCE NEWS SERVICE

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