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Actually, one of the often used criteria for pseudoscience is "refusal to
revise in light of valid criticism". I would refer people to Radner and
Radner: Science and Pseudoscience.
As for cold fusion, there are cranks and there are people seriously trying
to see if an effect exists. It has its share of scientists and
pseudoscientists. Personally, I would not put up money to invest in it -
the serious investigators have not found an effect that rises out of the
noise. Creationism, on the other hand, meets so many criteria one can
confidently call it pseudoscience.
Bob at PC
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In some ways the snarky definition is correct! Try to reason with someone
who believes in young Earth Creationism! Using the term pseudoscience is
not helpful there because nothing will convince them. So while I would
to use pseudoscience according to the more limited definition, the actual
definition as used by the majority may be quite different. Is cold fusion
John M. Clement
Forum for Physics Educators
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