Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Great example of scientism

Not science, scientism.  It's trying to promote quasi, pseudo, or non-scientific ideas by wrapping them up in the language and notation of science, and it's far too common in academic research, particularly the soft sciences like psychology.  Read this superb article to see how a "bee" in one man's "bonnet" lead to a debunking of a hugely popular positive psychology "major breakthrough".  Generally speaking, even in science, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. [ht: Glenn Reynolds]