Bogus Science: Some People Really Believe These Things by John Grant

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By John Grant

We delight ourselves at the clinical tradition within which we are living, yet is it fairly so medical? Is it no longer the fact that huge components of our society are awash with rules and preconceptions which can now not be additional divorced from technological know-how, even if usually they're wrongly or fraudulently defined as "scientific"?John furnish, writer of the hugely profitable books Discarded technology and Corrupted technological know-how, now turns his recognition to the factitious that too frequently dons the mantle of technological know-how from pyramidology to The Secret’s putative "Law of Attraction", from the frequent yet lost walk in the park that the mystical has been confirmed to the hunt for Bigfoot, Atlantis, perpetual-motion machines and human beneficial properties at the floor of Mars. In a textual content jam-packed with witty observations, pleasant asides and deft skewerings, he's unafraid to talk fact to a few of our strongest fake ideals.

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Now, since no human being is able to comprehend these things, the giving of them to the world is an insult – an outrage. And though they have all risen from the one assumption that Earth is a planet, instead of upholding the assumption, they drag it down by the weight of their own absurdity, and leave it lying in the dust – a proof that Earth is not a globe. And so muddleheadedly on. Back in the UK, Parallax had died in 1884. Not long before his death he had founded the UK branch of the Zetetic Society, in 1883; the US branch had been founded a decade earlier, in 1872 in New York, by one George Davey, with Parallax as its president.

Clifton took a picture along the waterline from the other bridge. In theory, because of the earth’s curvature, the sheet should have been invisible from Clifton’s position, but in fact his photograph was claimed to show the sheet in its entirety.

The implication being, of course, that in due course science is likely to have to come to accept Bloggs’s theory that the universe is a giant newt, just as science came to accept Galileo’s support for the Copernican theory and his observations of the moon, Venus and the Jovian moons, and Pasteur’s germ theory of disease and demolition of the theory of spontaneous generation (the notion that the smallest living creatures – microbes – were generated from inorganic material). The problem for Bloggs’s supporters is that in fact they – meaning the scientific establishment – didn’t laugh at Galileo, Pasteur and other, similar paradigm-shifters.

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