Book cover of On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience by Michael Gordinby Michael Gordin

Everyone has heard of the term “pseudoscience”, typically used to describe something that looks like science, but is somehow false, misleading, or unproven. Many would be able to agree on a list of things that fall under its umbrella– astrology, phrenology, UFOlogy, creationism, and eugenics might come to mind. But defining what makes these fields “pseudo” is a far more complex issue. It has proved impossible to come up with a simple criterion that enables us to differentiate pseudoscience from genuine science. Given the virulence of contemporary disputes over the denial of climate change and anti-vaccination movements–both of which display allegations of “pseudoscience” on all sides– there is a clear need to better understand issues of scientific demarcation.

Interview with the Author

Podcast Art of The Michael Shermer ShowThe Michael Shermer Show 
191. Michael Gordin on the Fringe of Where Science Meets the Pseudoscience
7/3/21             92 min

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Michael D. Gordin, “On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience” (Oxford UP, 2021)
5/17/21             55 min

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