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Reasonable irrationality : the role of reasons in the diffusion of pseudoscience

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Pseudoscience spreads through communicative and inferential processes that make people vulnerable to weird beliefs. However, the fact that pseudoscientific beliefs are unsubstantiated and have no basis in reality does not mean that the people who hold them have no reasons for doing so. We propose that, reasons play a central role in the diffusion of pseudoscience. On the basis of cultural epidemiology and the interactionist theory of reasoning, we will here analyse the structure and the function of reasons in the propagation of pseudoscience. We conclude by discussing the implications of our approach for the understanding of human irrationality.
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Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Cultural Studies, Social Psychology, pseudoscience, reasons, epistemic vigilance, interactionist theory of reasoning, cultural epidemiology, SCIENCE, BELIEFS, DISGUST

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Blancke, Stefaan, et al. “Reasonable Irrationality : The Role of Reasons in the Diffusion of Pseudoscience.” JOURNAL OF COGNITION AND CULTURE, vol. 19, no. 5, 2019, pp. 432–49.
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Blancke, S., Boudry, M., & Braeckman, J. (2019). Reasonable irrationality : the role of reasons in the diffusion of pseudoscience. JOURNAL OF COGNITION AND CULTURE, 19(5), 432–449.
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Blancke, Stefaan, Maarten Boudry, and Johan Braeckman. 2019. “Reasonable Irrationality : The Role of Reasons in the Diffusion of Pseudoscience.” JOURNAL OF COGNITION AND CULTURE 19 (5): 432–49.
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Blancke, Stefaan, Maarten Boudry, and Johan Braeckman. 2019. “Reasonable Irrationality : The Role of Reasons in the Diffusion of Pseudoscience.” JOURNAL OF COGNITION AND CULTURE 19 (5): 432–449.
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Blancke S, Boudry M, Braeckman J. Reasonable irrationality : the role of reasons in the diffusion of pseudoscience. JOURNAL OF COGNITION AND CULTURE. 2019;19(5):432–49.
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S. Blancke, M. Boudry, and J. Braeckman, “Reasonable irrationality : the role of reasons in the diffusion of pseudoscience,” JOURNAL OF COGNITION AND CULTURE, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 432–449, 2019.
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  abstract     = {Pseudoscience spreads through communicative and inferential processes that make people vulnerable to weird beliefs. However, the fact that pseudoscientific beliefs are unsubstantiated and have no basis in reality does not mean that the people who hold them have no reasons for doing so. We propose that, reasons play a central role in the diffusion of pseudoscience. On the basis of cultural epidemiology and the interactionist theory of reasoning, we will here analyse the structure and the function of reasons in the propagation of pseudoscience. We conclude by discussing the implications of our approach for the understanding of human irrationality.},
  author       = {Blancke, Stefaan and Boudry, Maarten and Braeckman, Johan},
  issn         = {1567-7095},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF COGNITION AND CULTURE},
  keywords     = {Experimental and Cognitive Psychology,Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous),Cultural Studies,Social Psychology,pseudoscience,reasons,epistemic vigilance,interactionist theory of reasoning,cultural epidemiology,SCIENCE,BELIEFS,DISGUST},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {432--449},
  title        = {Reasonable irrationality : the role of reasons in the diffusion of pseudoscience},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15685373-12340068},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2019},
}

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