Wiki Wormhole: The jury’s still out on science, with Wikipedia’s look at pseudoscience
With more than 4.9 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or looking for some out-there theories you can use to turn your terrible science-fiction novels into a religion. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 4,962,925-week series, Wiki Wormhole.
This week’s entry: Pseudoscience
What it’s about: Vaccines causing autism; the Pentagon being hit by a missile; Taylor Kitsch’s viability as a Hollywood leading man—people believe a lot of crazy shit there’s no real evidence for. Some of these unsubstantiated yet unshakeable beliefs gain enough traction that elaborate defenses spring up around them. While these defenses are invariably flawed—either not holding up to scrutiny, or making claims that are unprovable—they’re enough to give faithful adherents something to cling to. For having the appearance of logical …