For part of my schooling I have a job (15 hrs/wk) where I am teaching science to middle school students. Particularly ecology and biology. Anyway, this week I want to cover what "science" is and what the scientific method is to get us started on our way to researching our own questions...
So I am looking for a good definition and I go to Wikipedia :P There I get a good definition of the process of science and I ALSO look up pseudoscience. I go down to the heading for "examples of pseudoscience" so I can present some of those to the class to get us thinking about real vs fake scientific studies etc...
Anyhow- I see the list of what is considered pseudoscience -and ALL of these practices are totally embraced by the dubs! I knew JWs who were in to EACH of these studies- even going to school for "reflexology" or "homeopathy".
Here is the list:
(CAVEAT EMPTOR: FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE INTO THESE THINGS I AM NOT CRITIQUING *YOU*, I AM JUST PRESENTING THE LIST AS IT SITS AT WIKIPEDIA)
* Faith Healing
* Urine Therapy
It's just too funny that of ALL the things that they are so against (that are valid and beneficial for people) they embrace the pseudoscience over real science (beliefs about the formation of the universe, the nature of life on earth, paleontology, anthropology etc).
Sigh, I get a kick out of it and am frustrated by it at the same time...
Who's up for some urine therapy!?
Pseudoscience --they love it!!
* Acupuncture - might have some physical basis
* Chiropractic - chiropractic adjustments do offer relief from pain, at least temporarily
* Faith Healing - doesn't work.
* Homeopathy - doesn't work
* Reflexology - doesn't work
* Ufology - came into existence during the late 1940's and 1950's. Has become a psuedo-religious cult for some.
* Urine Therapy - (???) Don't know anything about his at all.
VM44- Yes, I have actually gone to a chiropractor recently.
She was able to get at the problem I was having with my foot/leg/gait that a podiatrist was not. Had me work on muscle tone to make both sides of my body support me equally to get rid of foot pain on one side.
BUT, I have always gotten about equally good (and very similar) advice from sports therapists. I am not totally sold on chiropractors.
I've been to chiropractors that were just terrible- telling me I might be in a wheelchair by the time I was 65... wtf? I have one leg that is a little longer than the other... this chiropractor measured it by having me stand with successive amounts of paper under one foot. Sentenced me to a wheelchair if I didn't go back to see him.
Chiropractic has it's place, but where it becomes pseudoscience is when they make outrageous claims like being able to cure disease with these adjustments.
I used to attend urine therapy classes....until I found out they were just taking the piss
Since when does WTS go for Faith Healing?