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6 contemporary pseudo-scientific myths

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Pseudo-scientific theories are a bit like cancer - they appear suddenly, grow at the expense of healthy tissue (in this case real science), and left alone suddenly turn out to be difficult or even impossible to remove. Below are some of the pseudo scientific theories that we would like them to disappear.

6. Homeopathy

6 contemporary pseudo-scientific myths

Homeopaths say that water can cure because it once contained a cure. It's the same as saying that you can eat from an empty plate, because there used to be food on it.
In addition, often it is not even a medicine, but a "medicine". The popular Oscillococcinum "contains" (1 part of the active substance per 10400 - one and 400 zeros - part of the solvent, i.e. in practice in general) in itself the heart and liver of the duck.

5. Man uses only 10% of his brain

6 contemporary pseudo-scientific myths
If someone ever tells you that, then you can go ahead and answer "probably you". The current state of knowledge in this field is that we use practically every part of the brain and most of the brain is active all the time. And although it is true that we do not use the whole brain at the same time at the same time, we can probably always sign "100% of the brain used" when summarizing the daily activity.

Oh, and if someone tries to tell you that Albert Einstein said it, then remind him that Einstein was in physics, not neurobiology.

4. Vaccines and autism

6 contemporary pseudo-scientific myths
All nonsense was created in the brain of one master - Andrew Wakefield, who published sensational research results. They were, however, manipulated, and Mr. Wakefield quietly grabbed for £ 55,000 - to be evidence of a case against the vaccine manufacturers. The whole thing, however, instead of being forgotten, gained momentum and began to spread as a "secret truth" - especially now, in the times of the Internet and facebook.
What is the current state of knowledge on this subject? A meta-analysis of ten studies was carried out in 2014, in which a total of 1.2 million children participated, and an absolute lack of connection between vaccines and autism was found, including the lack of mercury at times present in them.

3. Intelligent project (i.e. veiled creationism)

6 contemporary pseudo-scientific myths
It does not make any sense to wonder if this is true, because if the final answer to each question is to be "because God so wanted", then we are not operating in the world of science at the moment. In 1987, a survey was conducted among US scientists (let's add, because it is important that from the fields of science that have anything to do with the topic - that is, not mathematics or law professors) and out of 480,000 only 700 recognized the credibility of intelligent design as a science . That is 99.85% decided that it is not. 99.85%.

2. Meat rots in the gut

6 contemporary pseudo-scientific myths
This is sometimes the argument of vegetarians of the worst sort. I immediately point out that personally I am not an enemy of vegetarianism, I myself had a long meatless episode. However, I am the enemy of nonsense. Because it is not only untrue, but even the reverse to the real one.

The process of digestion is breaking the food into the smallest elements - fatty acids, simple sugars and amino acids. In the stomach and small intestine, they are working on this, among others enzymes, while in the large intestine, the bacteria that inhabit them are working on the remains. And so it happens that protein and animal fats are well distributed by the enzymes that our body produces, while over sugar, starch and fiber (ie, for example vegetables) bacteria work, that is, de facto foreign organisms inside us:)

"Rotting - decomposition of organic substances into simpler substances under the influence of anaerobic bacteria."

1. "Toxins"

6 contemporary pseudo-scientific myths
Scientific definition of toxin: a poisonous substance produced by living cells, especially one that, when introduced into a new body, causes the formation of antibodies.
Definition of "toxins": a mysterious evil thing that is in everything that I do not like. Basically, I do not know what the chemical composition looks like / how it is created / what processes it runs in the body. All I know is that it certainly evokes those terrible things that I've always suspected of and that it should cause in people who have contact with what I do not like.

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