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Whence pseudoscience? An epidemiological approach

Stefaan Blancke UGent, Maarten Boudry UGent and Johan Braeckman UGent (2018) METODE SCIENCE STUDIES JOURNAL.
abstract
In this paper we develop an epidemiological approach to account for the typical features and persistent popularity of pseudoscience. An epidemiology of pseudoscience aims at explaining why some beliefs become widely distributed whereas others do not and hence seeks to identify the factors that exert a causal effect on this distribution. We pinpoint and discuss several factors that promote the dissemination of pseudoscientific beliefs. In particular, we argue that such beliefs manage to spread widely because they are intuitively appealing, manage to hitchhike on the authority of science, and successfully immunize themselves from criticism.
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organization
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
in press
subject
keyword
Pseudoscience, epidemiology of representations, human cognition, epistemic vigilance, science mimicry
journal title
METODE SCIENCE STUDIES JOURNAL
issue
8
issue title
The scam of pseudoscience
publisher
Universitat de Valencia
ISSN
2174-3487
2174-9221
DOI
10.7203/metode.8.10007
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
id
8542847
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8542847
alternative location
https://ojs.uv.es/index.php/Metode/article/view/10007
date created
2017-12-21 08:59:29
date last changed
2018-01-15 10:35:16
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  abstract     = {In this paper we develop an epidemiological approach to account for the typical features and persistent popularity of pseudoscience. An epidemiology of pseudoscience aims at explaining why some beliefs become widely distributed whereas others do not and hence seeks to identify the factors that exert a causal effect on this distribution. We pinpoint and discuss several factors that promote the dissemination of pseudoscientific beliefs. In particular, we argue that such beliefs manage to spread widely because they are intuitively appealing, manage to hitchhike on the authority of science, and successfully immunize themselves from criticism.},
  author       = {Blancke, Stefaan and Boudry, Maarten and Braeckman, Johan},
  issn         = {2174-3487},
  journal      = {METODE SCIENCE STUDIES JOURNAL},
  keyword      = {Pseudoscience,epidemiology of representations,human cognition,epistemic vigilance,science mimicry},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  publisher    = {Universitat de Valencia},
  title        = {Whence pseudoscience? An epidemiological approach},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.7203/metode.8.10007},
  year         = {2018},
}

Chicago
Blancke, Stefaan, Maarten Boudry, and Johan Braeckman. 2018. “Whence Pseudoscience? An Epidemiological Approach.” Metode Science Studies Journal (8).
APA
Blancke, S., Boudry, M., & Braeckman, J. (2018). Whence pseudoscience? An epidemiological approach. METODE SCIENCE STUDIES JOURNAL, (8).
Vancouver
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Blancke S, Boudry M, Braeckman J. Whence pseudoscience? An epidemiological approach. METODE SCIENCE STUDIES JOURNAL. Universitat de Valencia; 2018;(8).
MLA
Blancke, Stefaan, Maarten Boudry, and Johan Braeckman. “Whence Pseudoscience? An Epidemiological Approach.” METODE SCIENCE STUDIES JOURNAL 8 (2018): n. pag. Print.