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Arbitration Committee Decisions on Pseudoscience

The Arbitration Committee has issued several principles which may be helpful to editors of this and other articles when dealing with subjects and categories related to "pseudoscience".

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Notes to editors:
  1. This article uses scientific terminology, and as such, the use of the word 'theory' to refer to anything outside of a recognised scientific theory is ambiguous. Please use words such as 'concept', 'notion', 'idea', 'assertion'; see Wikipedia:Words to avoid#Theory.
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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 Please do not quote wrong information.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 (talkcontribs) 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)

May 2015[edit]

Editors are still trying to present this nonsense as not being pseudoscience. Ayurveda is to science as astrology is to astronomy. -- Scjessey (talk) 22:40, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

Pseudoscience is not a pejorative[edit]

Neither of these article sources call the word "pseudoscience" a "pejorative."

--Lightbreather (talk) 05:13, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

I found another good ref. -- BullRangifer (talk) 16:35, 25 April 2015 (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:
--Solomonfromfinland (talk) 21:10, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Sorry about the red warning template. I was just showing the template that I found on the category page.--Solomonfromfinland (talk) 21:11, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Anyone want to look here?[edit]

Someone with time on their hands needs to take a look at Talk:In the Beginning There Was Light and associated article. Moriori (talk) 01:09, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

The Fringe theories Noticeboard may be a better place to raise the issue.--McSly (talk) 01:18, 28 August 2015 (UTC)


We shouldn't place articles on real people directly in Category:Pseudoscience. There is a dedicated category for that, Advocates of pseudoscience, which, BTW, should contain only subcategories. Pseudoscience is a pejorative and a contentious label; and Category:Pseudoscience, it is stated, should directly contain few if any articles -- and there is strong precedent for not putting articles on real people in said category.--Solomonfromfinland (talk) 21:29, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

I removed said category from the following pages: Stefan Marinov, Vine Deloria, Jr., Vani Hari, Viktor Schauberger, Viera Scheibner. In the case of Stefan Marinov, I left said article as a member of Category:Fringe science, and given that “Marinov succeeded in having his claims presented in numerous publications including peer-reviewed journals.”, Marinov’s claims might be better described as legitimate scientific disagreement (a neutral or even favorable label) rather than pseudoscience (a pejorative). In the case of Viktor Schauberger, there is nothing in said article that even mentions pseudoscience, or indicates that Schauberger’s theories are such. Calling his claims pseudoscience, without sources, even potentially unreliable ones, amounts to original research.--Solomonfromfinland (talk) 21:49, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
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)

Its my opinion thereof[edit]

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 (talkcontribs)