Science vs Pseudoscience

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sWhat‘s the difference between science and pseudoscience? The definition of science is a “systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experiment” ( This definition of science seems to be based on observation of how things work, where scientist would draw up a purpose and find a method of proof. With the results of the observation we can established and test facts and laws to describe how the universe works. With science, the observation must be able to repeated and conformed by other scientists. The definition of pseudoscience “is a claim, belief, or practice which is presented as scientific, but does not adhere to a valid scientific method.” ( The practice of pseudoscience seems to lacks the support of evidence from experiments of the observation. Also, pseudoscience can be characterized by the use of exaggerated or unproven claims which are impossible to properly test. With the definition of pseudoscience we can say that it’s similar to science in a way that we can have a purpose for the experiment but has no way to proving the purpose. Therefore, the big difference is the conclusion of result which make the observation either science or pseudoscience. With the study of alternative medicine practice there always been a question whether it’s science or pseudoscience.

Acupuncture is one example of an alternative medicine practice. Acupuncture has been practice in China for over thousands of years and recently became popular in western medicine. In traditional Chinese medicine life force or energy flows throughout the body called Qi. The Qi is influence and balance by stimulating specific points on the body and these points are located along channels of energy called meridians. Meridian channels are connected to all of the major organs in the body. Illnesses emerge when the flow of Qi becomes blocked or not balance. In Western medicine, acupuncture stimulates certain...
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