Science and Pseudoscience

That is the topic of Wynn and Wiggins’ book Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction.

It is interesting on scientific reasoning. And I was surprised to find that Democritus believed in atoms in 420 BC. He thought that a big thing, like a beach, was made of smaller things, like grains of sand and that such a fact must be true of all things. All bigger things must be made of smaller things. That, and the people who came after him in the search for atoms, was quite interesting to read.

But the authors also ignore evidence for souls and say there is no evidence for souls, even though elsewere in the book they say you can’t prove something doesn’t exist.

They also say because there is no consistent proof that there is no such thing as ESP or demons or angels. Too bad the demons and angels didn’t show up for the experiments. But I have personally, consistently, been able to know what is happening in people’s lives I am not physically near and been right without exception. It doesn’t happen anymore. (Not much after I was accused of being possessed by demons.) But it used to happen on a regular and consistent basis. So I know that ESP, at least in some form, exists.

Many things exist, like Democritus’ atom, that other people pooh-poohed. One day there will be experiments that show it. Or maybe not. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Right now we can’t see quarks, but we know they exist.

Also the authors are VERY anti-creationism. They say creationism should not be taught as a theory in school because students will leave school believing in creationism. I think that’s kind of goofy.

They also argue against quick creationism (7 day, 5000+ years only) well, using what we now know. But then they ignore gradual creationism only by saying it’s new.

You know what, nothing in the Bible is new. How I understand it might change, but it doesn’t.

And ignoring a theory or an understanding only because it’s new seems to me a little reactionary for scientists, or even science writers, to do.

It was interesting but definitely biased and wrong. I learned things though, so I met my goal with this book.