Pseudoscience: Why Bother?

Open lecture by philosopher Massimo Pigliucci

Massimo Pigliucci, formerly a Professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University, is now a Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-City College. He has written several books, maintains the blog Rationally speaking, and co-host the podcast with the same name. Read more in Wikipedia.

What distinguishes science from pseudoscience? This question is deceptively simple, and yet crucially important. It turns out that both scientists and philosophers have had an exceedingly hard time articulating so-called "demarcation criteria," the conditions that separate science from pseudoscience. This is an important issue because pseudoscience is all over modern society, and imposes costs ranging from the resurgence of diseases because of anti-vaccination movements to the rising of global temperatures while an ideologically divided political class sits idle. In this talk I will explore the fascinating landscape separating science, pseudoscience, and borderline examples of disciplines that may turn out either way. Pseudoscience, I think, is like pornography: hard to define exactly, but clearly recognizable in its manifestations.

Massimo Pigliucci
CUNY - The City University of New York

The event is held in English.


Have a look at Pigliucci's most recent book: Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem.


NB: Massimo Pigliucci will also participate at the Kristine Bonnevie lectures.

Published May 14, 2014 3:17 PM - Last modified Aug. 26, 2014 11:35 AM