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12:15 PM
posted on May 09, 2018 by Steven Novella

Aromatherapy with essential oils is pseudoscience, backed only with low quality studies guaranteed to show a placebo effect. Their growing popularity warns that we need to do better science education.

 
 
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I'm still waiting for the realclearscience feeds to come in.
@XanderHenderson: You get what I mean, right? =P
 
@user21820 Indeed.
 
 
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6:43 PM
Pseudomathematics or mathematical crankery is a form of mathematics-like activity that does not work within the framework, definitions, rules, or rigor of formal mathematical practice. Pseudomathematics has equivalents in other scientific fields, such as pseudophysics, and overlaps with these to some extent. Excessive pursuit of pseudomathematics can result in the practitioner being labelled a crank. The topic of mathematical crankery has been extensively studied by mathematician Underwood Dudley, who has written several popular works about mathematical cranks and their ideas. Because it is based...
 
7:23 PM
CRUDE is not the place for the following comments, so I'm putting there here:
The general admonishment to "be nice" is admirable, but it has to go two ways. When someone is failing to "be nice", it is appropriate to be less nice towards them.
For example, if someone is posting nonsense questions or answers, it is reasonable to attempt to get them to fix up their work.
However, if that person then refuses or doubles down on the nonsense, it is reasonable to be more firm, which may look like not "being nice."
And if someone is being really and truly cranky, I don't see the problem with calling a spade a spade and saying so.
In short, I think that cranks are failing to adhere to the "be nice" rule (by, essentially, trolling), and have (to a certain extent) waived their right to claim that others are not "being nice" to them.
 
Alas, refuge!.
 
@XanderHenderson Exactly. As you can see, everyone who supports them always evades whenever I bring up the issue of harming innocent students with non-sense. It is still far from anti-vaxxers, but it seems they do not wish to see that all these students are one day going to build buildings and bridges and airplanes. Pseudomathematicians simply contribute to the wider distrust of science with every false claim they make, such as "American/official mathematics [is] a huge pile of intellectual rubbish."
@amWhy: Hello there! I just started responding to Xander here.
Both of you, please tread carefully because tr...s and st...ers visit here regularly.
=)
@amWhy @XanderHenderson: They will also attempt to bait you everywhere they can. They will do their best to discredit you or instigate other users against you. We seriously need a break.
 
7:54 PM
@user21820 Yes, indeed. I'm getting that ... it's a shame, but it seems for too many users, the only salient meaning of "not nice" is when one doesn't coddle newcomers, or get excited over the next and newest crankishly posed question.
 
@amWhy The only way to avoid them is to mentally check that if your comment is taken out of context it can't reasonably be interpreted as offensive.
It's extremely annoying, to say the least.
 
@user21820 Yes.
 
 
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9:14 PM
@XanderHenderson, @user21820 ^^^^
Or not, @XanderHenderson
 

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