BLUFA course titled: ‘Psychology of Pseudoscience’, is designed to develop scientific reasoning skills by teaching students the difference between science and pseudoscience.
This article by Craig A. Foster, writing for The Conversation, makes the following points:
- The course explores some of the common scientific reasoning failures that pseudoscience exploits.
- People use motivated reasoning to process information in a way that helps them confirm what they want to believe.
- Group polarization is where individuals develop more extreme positions after interacting with similarly-minded people.
Recent Runway Posts related to this topic:
- People Who Fall for Pseudoscience Use Less Evidence to Reach Conclusions | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
References from the Web:
- DEC 2021 Group Polarization—Simply Psychology
- MAY 2022 4 categories of pseudoscience — and how to talk to people who believe in them—Big Think