Bogus science in our universities – how does it spread?
Dan Buzzard at Dan’s Journal of Skepticism sounds the alarm on a frightening example of the way bogus science can infiltrate respected media.
Sandra Lucas, a lecturer in nursing at La Trobe University in Melbourne has written an article full of pseudoscientific mumbo-jumbo and it’s been published on The Conversation. That’s a website that, until now, people have come to trust as a pretty reliable source.
As Dan points out, only academics can write for The Conversation, and it looks like the site has succumbed to one of the biggest fallacies of them all – the argument from authority. Real science doesn’t do that. It’s alarming that someone who can write an article like this can be lecturing at one of our universities.
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