Spotting Pseudoscience

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Pervasive pseudoscience thinking exists among the public regarding many socioscientific issues. Pseudoscience includes both misinformation (false information) or disinformation (deliberate dissemination of misleading or biased information) regarding both the content of science and how science works. Pseudoscience both reflects and promotes distrust in science, and exacerbates the personal and societal decision-making that places all of society at greater risk.

Explore 12 historical stories plus a special Covid-19 story that examine how pseudoscientific ideas undermine legitimate scientific developments and well-informed decision-making.

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Leaded Gasoline
Poison Everywhere

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Creationism and Evolution
(page coming soon) 

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Genetically Modified Organisms
(page coming soon)

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DDT
The Rise and Fall of a "Miracle" Chemical

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Lysenkoism
Permitting Ideology to Eclipse Reason

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Hydraulic Fracking
(page coming soon)

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Climate Change
(page coming soon)

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