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Metascience

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 313–316 | Cite as

Superstition and science

Derek Wilson: Superstition and science: Mystics, sceptics, truth-seekers and charlatans. London: Robinson, 2017, 320pp, £14.99 PB
  • Kostas Kampourakis
Book Review
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The question of demarcation between science and non-science has a relatively long history. Details notwithstanding, the problem is that one cannot always clearly demarcate between the two. There seem to be two main reasons for this. On the one hand, there are several features of science that one can find in non-science as well, making the distinction difficult. For instance, a detective will make inferences on the basis of empirical data, but one could hardly claim that he/she would be doing science. On the other hand, what we refer to as science in singular actually comprises a variety of quite different habits of mind and practices despite, of course, important similarities among them, such as their reliance on rational thinking and their focus on their natural world. This, of course, does not mean that distinguishing between science and non-science is not possible; my point here is that it is not always as simple and straightforward as one might think.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Biology and IUFEUniversity of GenevaGeneva 4Switzerland

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