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Ayurveda is not pseudoscience. It is proven to be effective, it is practiced all over India and has been extensively successful. Please do not quote wrong information. I have seen, read and experienced Ayurvedic medicine and I can affirm this with necessary references to whom so ever who needs it. Please do not revert changes. You are not the only one who is concerned about the sanctity of Wikipedia.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Deadly437 (talk • contribs) 15:43, 27 October 2014 (UTC
ayurveda is prescientific Traditional medicine - diagnosis and treatment are based on prescientific notions of the body. to the extent that people limited their claims about ayurveda to discussing traditional medicine we wouldn't need to talk about pseudoscience. But to the extent that people - like you do in your message above! - claim it is "successful" you are making scientific claims that are without basis of evidence in science. hence, "pseudoscience." Jytdog (talk) 15:59, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
Certainly pseudoscience when claims such as made here are made. Our article isn't categorised as such, though there is debate. I think it should be. -Roxy the dog™ (resonate) 16:28, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
There are two cites given in the article saying that it is pejorative, and google can find more. Some indicate it is a pejorative used in partisan argument (e.g. "It is a term of abuse that is deployed by some members of a scientific community against individuals they consider threatening." here; or "Pseudoscience is a pejorative term that is bestowed upon a set of ideas, not used by choice by the holder of those ideas." here. Or "pseudoscience has such pejorative connotations it’s often seen as dark, even evil, or at least insidious" here.) Oddly, it is also used in non-science fields such as [WP:PSCI] mentining it for historical revisionism, and I also see it used by creationists as criticism of climate change here. It's just a vague accusation as mentioned here often confused with the demarcation of what is or is not science. Markbassett (talk) 14:59, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
To me, if someone calls something a pseudoscience, it is very stigmatizing to the subject. Therefore I definitely consider it a pejorative, a pretty strong one at that. I have read at least one book, which would probably be considered a reliable source, that describes it as a pejorative.--Solomonfromfinland (talk) 21:00, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
I have removed mention of psychoanalysis from the lead, per the explicit directions on this topic given by the arbitration committee: "Theories which have a substantial following, such as psychoanalysis, but which some critics allege to be pseudoscience, may contain information to that effect, but generally should not be so characterized." It's fine to say that critics have called it a pseudoscience, but it's not acceptable to present their opinion as fact. The arbitration committee's rulings can be seen at Template talk:Pseudoscience. FreeKnowledgeCreator (talk) 08:45, 6 August 2015 (UTC)
True, some people allege that psychoanalysis is a pseudoscience, but pseudoscience is a pejorative and a contentious label, and calling a subject a pseudoscience implies taking a stand against it (potentially POV), so the burden of proof should be on those who claim a subject is pseudoscience, not on those who claim it is not. Therefore psychoanalysis should not be treated as pseudoscience, at least by Wikipedia. Btw, the large number of articles placed directly in Category:Pseudoscience seems to amount to a reverse burden of proof; such a pile of articles also violates the following template placed on said category:
If there is a dedicated subcategory for such people, then why didn't you use it? Instead you simply removed the category. Andy Dingley (talk) 21:57, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Indeed. We would not, after all, want to obscure the fact that free energy, perpetual motion, and pretty much everything the FUD Babe has ever said, are pseudoscience. Guy (Help!) 22:00, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
that the plethora of proposed terms are scientific and not pseudosciencetific. They have been derived from an specificity of undisciplined linguistics. I don't argue with most of its meaning. I think the page section here can share disambiguation as one points out the hapless and circumstansive cannalbalization. Sorry for my compatibalism but I share my strengthnns as a contributor. --Joseph L. Russell, Jr. 23:33, 18 September 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by MetlifeWP (talk • contribs)