Science vs. Pseudoscience

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I want to start out this paper by first defining and explaining individually what science and pseudoscience are. Next, I would like to compare them and explain how they relate to an everyday life situation. I find it interesting that both, science and pseudoscience are important to the average human being and play a big role in their lives. Science is the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural. Or in other words, it is an activity that can “prove” through a test of experiments something to be true or not. Scientist use the scientific method, or forms of this method, to prove a theory to be right or wrong. If a theory proves to be wrong or cannot provide proof, then it not considered to be science. The purpose of science is to produce useful models of reality. Pseudoscience is a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method. Pseudoscience is based more on feelings, hunches, and intuitions. Pseudoscientists are motivated by considerations that lie outside the scope of science, or have already been thoroughly discredited. For example, the creditability that the month of our birth has to do with our personalities and what happens to us on specific days of the years, or in other words, astrology. The purpose of pseudoscience is to provide explanation for occurrences or behaviors that are not scientifically proven. Who is to say what is right or wrong? The average human being uses both science and pseudoscience in their everyday life and it is almost vital to produce a balanced, happy life. An example of this is a person who has a belief in a higher power that runs the universe and provides direction in life. This would be considered pseudoscience because there is no physical proof of a higher
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