Pseudoscience is the representation of ideas or beliefs as scientific without scientific basis. Most of the time, it becomes hard for a person to differentiate between science and pseudoscience and that is what makes it dangerous. Unfortunately, our modern world is obsessed with pseudoscience.
Some people would do anything to avoid those so-called unlucky numbers, because they have been told those numbers can have a bad impact on their lives. I have seen many people who wear rings with the gems of specific color as they believe it will have a positive effect on their personalities and lives. This in fact is absurd and can’t be proven, but some people don’t even need proofs to convince them. Negative Ion Bracelet is one of the good examples.
BERMUDA TRIANGLE MYTH:
Bermuda Triangle is another good example, people call it the devil’s triangle, because according to the legend, any ship that enters the boundary of the triangle disappears under mysterious circumstances and people regard those disappearances as extraterrestrial activities.
New studies have revealed that most of those disappearances were wrongly reported. The route that constitutes the Bermuda Triangle is one of the heavily traveled shipping lane in the world and if the claims were true, it wouldn’t have been one of the most traveled routes.
APPEARANCE OF MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURE LIKE LOCH NESS MONSTER:
Similarly, there’s a myth about the presence of a Loch Ness Monster in highlands of Scotland and it is regarded as one of the remaining Plesiosaurus. Science now regards it untrue.
Pseudoscience is actually the beliefs of a group which are represented as scientific, but its tenets are not open to testing and disproof, which makes it totally different from the true science.
SCIENCE VS RELIGION:
In science, no questions should be avoided and no concepts are sacred. Science works on experimenting and thus, proving right or wrong, whereas, the concepts of pseudoscience can’t be proven right or wrong.
Uneducated people or those who lack a certain level of intelligence and reasoning are more vulnerable to fall for such ideas or beliefs. Some people take pseudoscience such as astrology as fun, but pseudoscience should never be considered harmless fun, because people who are unaware of scientific methods find it difficult to distinguish science from pseudoscience.
One of the biggest pseudoscience is creationism. This concept has the largest number of believers. Astrology, psychics, ghosts, palmistry, UFOs, numerology, etc., all of these are manifestations of pseudoscience and have nothing to do with the actual science.
Pseudoscience has wasted lives, money and resources. We live in an era where science and technology is at its peak and it is time to educate ourselves and others to differentiate between the right science and the wrong one.