This paper was presented at the annual conference (“The Science and Pseudo–science of Creation”) of the Science and Religion Forum, Westminster College, Oxford, England, in March 1985.
SCIENCE AND PSEUDO-SCIENCE: THE CASE OF CREATIONISM
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Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 195–212, June 1987
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Dolby, R. G. A. (1987), SCIENCE AND PSEUDO-SCIENCE: THE CASE OF CREATIONISM. Zygon, 22: 195–212. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.1987.tb00846.x
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- demarcation criteria;
- science and pseudo-science
Abstract. The paper reviews criteria which have been used to distinguish science from nonscience and from pseudo–science, and it examines the extent to which they can usefully be applied to “creation science.” These criteria do not force a clear decision, especially as creation science resembles important eighteenth–century forms of orthodox science. Nevertheless, the proponents of creation science may be accused of pious fraud in failing to concede in their political battles that their “science” is tentative and tendentious and will continue to be so while it remains archaic and poorly integrated into the rest of science.