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All in the Mind, 3rd Edition by Dimitrios Tsivrikos, Adrian Furnham

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4 Science, Pseudo‐Science, and Conspiracy Theories

4.1 Introduction

Is psychology a science? Or merely common sense? Consider the battery of quotes for and against science and common sense.

Pro‐science

  • A scientist is a man who would rather count than guess. M. Gluckman
  • Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory is felled by an ugly fact. T. H. Huxley
  • Science may be described as the art of systematic oversimplification. K. Popper
  • The man of science does not discover in order to know: He wants to know in order to discover. A. N. Whitehead
  • Science increases our power in proportion as it lowers our pride. C. Bernard
  • Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know. B. Russell
  • You know very well that unless you are a scientist, it’s much more important for a theory to be shapely than for it to be true. C. Hampton

Anti‐science

  • Science is always wrong: It never solves a problem without creating ten more. G. B. Shaw
  • I am tired of all this sort of thing called science … We have spent millions on that sort of thing for the last few years, and it is time it should be stopped. S. Cameron
  • One of the most pernicious falsehoods ever to be universally accepted is that scientific method is the only reliable way to the truth. R. Bube
  • Traditional scientific method has always been, at the very least, 20–20 hindsight. It’s good for seeing where you’ve been. R. Pirsig
  • Though many have tried, no one has ever yet explained away the decisive ...

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