Science & Education

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 357-371

First online:

Pseudoscience, the paranormal, and science education

  • Michael MartinAffiliated withPhilosophy Department, Boston University

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The study of pseudoscience and the paranormal is an important but neglected aspect of science education. Given the widespread acceptance of pseudoscientific and paranormal beliefs, science educators need to take seriously the problem of how these can be combated. I propose teaching science students to critically evaluate the claims of pseudoscience and the paranormal, something that can be accomplished in a variety of ways.