One of the best and most succinct explanations of the difference between real science and pseudoscience that I’ve seen.
In writing this blog, I’m trying to teach myself science. Real science. At least, enough real science to be able to write competent science fiction.
Since most news articles about science are embarrassingly unreliable (damn those shruggies!), I end up reading a lot of scientific papers. And there’s something I’ve noticed. It’s like there’s a pattern to how scientific papers are written (at least, the legitimate ones).
Science Done Right
Taken as a whole, scientific papers sort of read like this:
Hey, I (or we) just noticed this weird thing which might have implications for how we think about other things. Here’s my (or our) best guess about what’s going on here, and here’s all the details so you can check this weird thing out for yourself. Hopefully we (the scientific community) can get to the bottom of this mystery.
A recent paper on the Planet Nine hypothesis is…
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