In my Physical Science class, we had to write a paper about a consumer product that is likely pseudoscience. Pseudoscience is “fake science”. There are ten questions to ask yourself when wondering if something is using pseudoscience to sell:
1.) What is the source?
2.) What is the agenda?
3.)What kind of language does it use?
4.) Does it involve testimonials?
5.) Are there claims of exclusivity?
6.) Is there mention of a conspiracy of any kind?
7.) Does the claim involve multiple unassociated disorders?
8.) Is there a money trail or passionate belief involved?
9.) Where real scientific processes involved?
10.) Is there expertise?
I chose anti-aging cream (which in and of itself is easily pseudoscience) and it was extremely easy to research and write! It’s made me think about just how many products we buy that probably are just placebos and don’t actually work.