The Top Ten Traits of Pseudoscientists
Society is developing a new breed of "intellect": the pseudoscientist.
Too lazy to do real work to research a topic, the pseudoscientist is
armed with a strong curiousity, an enlarged ego, and a dose of
authoritian paranoia. Combined with his patchwork access to
media-filtered science "facts" (if they can be called such after the
media is done processing them) and his desire for profit, the
pseudoscientist is likely to be tomorrow's new danger to the
preservation of knowledge.
YOU MIGHT BE A PSEUDOSCIENTIST IF:
1) You believe your subscription to Analog provides the
necessary background to argue with PhD scientists.
2) You think "real" science is mostly developed in garages or
3) You think scientists are inflexible to changing paradigms
(using one of pseudoscientists' favorite terms). See
definition of "Science."
4) You think the government, big business, or traditional
scientists are in a conspiracy to prevent the
pseudoscientists from showing the "truth" to the rest of
the world, motivated by such movies as "Chain Reaction."
5) You think science is purely to start a business and make
6) You think it's cool to announce impossible-sounding claims
to the media without a peer review process (see #4 above),
expository discussion, or other legitimizing process. You
may believe the US Patent Office is a legitimizing process,
if they aren't in conspiracy with #4 above.
7) You're aiming for the Einsteinian turn-science-upside-down
revolution of thought and universal understanding, based on
your two years of high school physics and a copy of Omni
8) You think highly suspicious behavior is actually the way
people protect themselves from intellectual theft.
9) Your ego is large enough to tell the world that its
understanding of the universe has always been wrong, and
your fantastic, undocumented, unverified, unrecorded, and
unreproducable experiment proves it.
10) Your college degree (if you have one) and your
pseudoscientist interests have absolutely nothing in common.
For instance, you may be arguing about fusion with a PhD in
nuclear physics (and inflating your ego by doing so), while
you only have a degree in zoology.