RCG Journal of Pseudoscience

The internet and media swarm us everyday with “scientific facts” passing as truth. The only problem is that many of these claims aren’t actually based on science or research of any kind. They’re often a clever scheme designed to make someone a lot of money or trick people into behaving in a particular way.

Star Wars No Longer Fiction but Fact.jpgCan you think of some examples of scientific sounding claims that people make that aren’t actually scentifically-proven?

Let’s write our own “pseudoscience” articles and see if we can convince people out there that we really know what we’re taking about. Make it creative and wacky, but totally scientific-sounding and convincing? Here’s some prompts to get you thinking:

  • (psychology) “Recent brain research reveals that students can increase their memory by…”
  • (biology) “Scientists have discovered that they can alter the genetic structure of elementary students’ muscles by getting them to eat more…”
  • (chemistry) “Canadian scientists have discovered a new element named hockeyonium, created by mixing ___ and ____…” 

EXAMPLE? Here’s an example of a well-written science article. Use this as an example of how your’s should look and be composed. https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/early-birds-eat-better 

POSSIBLE DETAILS TO INCLUDE: 

  • Names of scientists, universities etc.
  • Describe the research study or experiment
  • Scientific sounding words (control groups, hypothesis, variable, names of elements etc.)
  • Convincing, persuasive sounding claims
  • Quotes from “real” people
  • Images, diagrams, illustrations, fake data (graphs) etc.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 

  • Powerful language
  • Convincing
  • Soundly structured paragraphs, sentences etc.
  • Detailed descriptions
  • Wacky and totally fake but sounds like real science