Sunday, April 5, 2009

A nice summary of pseudoscientific thinking.



A very well done video essay on the nature of scientific inquiry, open-mindedness, beliefs, and pseudoscience. A lot of stream restoration is based on poorly-examined premise. Those assumptions often masquerade as science when public money is used. These assumptions aren't necessarily pseudoscience, because stream geomorphology and ecosystems are so complex we may never have true experiments on which to base management. So we don't have the science we need. But I see many of the flawed arguments mentioned in this video when I question certain beliefs about river analysis, classification, and restoration.

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