10 definitions of junk science

“Understanding how the term junk science is used will enhance debates surrounding the science of sustainability. For by better understanding what science is, we will be better positioned to use it optimally and accurately as we seek to plot a sustainable path forward.”

That’s the conclusion of US social scientist Michael Carolan of Colorado State University in Fort Collins who has analysed a decade’s worth of print media searching for a definitive definition of the term “junk science”. The media and politicians are full of it. Legislative battles are waged over it. Regulatory agencies devote resources almost to the limit in trying to understand it and differentiate between it and genuine science. But, how do we, how can we, know that we are illuminated only by the light of reason when there are so many conflicting accounts of rationality?

Continues at sciencebase.com

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