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Belief and Knowledge

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Aidan Hermans

on 28 April 2010

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Belief and Knowledge a presentation by Aidan Hermans and Nadeska Concha Pseudoscience: pseudoscience |soōdōsīns|
a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method. alchemy |alkəmē|

the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.
Alchemy Homeopathy how do we distinguish between genuine science and pseudoscience? must a subject involve experimentation to be scientific do we have to learn to think scientifically in order to find truth ? PERCEPTION perception To what extent can help us distinguish between belief and knowledge? how will our scientific knowledge be viewed 500 years from now Is knowledge provisional? LANGUAGE why do people believe!? Consider the following... Mary is experiencing a headache. Mary puts jello on her head and her headache passes. PSEUDOSCIENCE SCIENCE jello will cure your headache Mary is mentally challenged pseudoscience appeals to emotions pseudoscience is based on subjective validation Pseudoscience depends on arbitrary conventions of human culture, rather than on unchanging regularities of nature pseudoscience creates mystery astrology alchemy homeopathy crystology temporal mechanics chiropractic definition based on or characterized by the methods and principles of science experiment validation evidence subject to change controlled methodology homeopathy |hōmēäpē| noun
the treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of disease. 1:1e60 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 LIKE CURES LIKE harmful foreign contaminant human body + = BAD harmful foreign contaminant human body diluted foreign contaminant + + = GOOD contaminant will cause symptoms
diluted solution of contaminant will stimulate immune system therefore, X + X = 0 belief vs. knowledge what defines something as scientific observer effect induction false perception do you know it, or do you believe it when is it knowledge? rabbit 4th Century 21st century Alchemy "the arrow of knowledge" N. Concha Homeopathy So, what's the point?
the father of nuclear physics: an alchemist? nuclear transmutation traditional medicine PAST PRESENT cryptic secretive powerful chemicals named after origin not composition language of science and mathematics vs. pseudoscience principles have remained the same
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