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Arbitration ruling on "pseudoscience"

The Arbitration Committee has issued several rulings on guidelines for the presentation of material that might be labeled "pseudoscience":

  • Scientific focus: Wikipedia is an encyclopedia and its content on scientific and quasi-scientific topics will primarily reflect current mainstream scientific consensus.
  • Neutral point of view as applied to science: Wikipedia:Neutral point of view, a fundamental policy, requires fair representation of significant alternatives to scientific orthodoxy. Significant alternatives, in this case, refers to legitimate scientific disagreement, as opposed to pseudoscience.
  • Serious encyclopedias: Serious and respected encyclopedias and reference works are generally expected to provide overviews of scientific topics that are in line with respected scientific thought. Wikipedia aspires to be such a respected work.
  • 1. Obvious pseudoscience: Theories which, while purporting to be scientific, are obviously bogus may be so labeled and categorized as such without more justification.
  • 2. Generally considered pseudoscience: Theories which have a following, such as astrology, but which are generally considered pseudoscience by the scientific community may properly contain that information and may be categorized as pseudoscience.
  • 3. Questionable science: 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.
  • 4. Alternative theoretical formulations: Alternative theoretical formulations which have a following within the scientific community are not pseudoscience, but part of the scientific process.
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Quantum healing[edit]

The template currently lists Quantum healing, which is a redirect to Deepak Chopra. This sort of non-obvious redirect is problematic in a navigation template, especially when the target is a BLP. Changing therefore to quantum mysticism, which has wider scope but includes quantum healing along with mention of Chopra in suitable context. --Amble (talk) 21:19, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Removed unsourced examples. Terminology[edit]

I removed these items as they are unsourced and unmentioned in their respective article:

I think most of these should be removed unless "pseudoscience" is RS'ed in the article. There may be others as well.
Should a comment be added to the top of the template: "DO NOT ADD UNLESS THE ARTICLE HAS "PSEUDOSCIENCE" RELIABLY SOURCED"?

The following have a statement "The boundary between fringe science and pseudoscience is disputed"

Should these be left in the terminology section? Or, should the section title be changed or split? Jim1138 (talk) 19:05, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 30 August 2018[edit]

Kdc612 (talk) 17:18, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

Chiropractic should be removed as a category from this list. It is a state and federally recognized health practice that is reimbursable by state and national health insurances. Chiropractic is also utilized within the Veteran's Administration Hospital system. Chiropractic education is made up entirely of State and National accredited and recognized social science, science and technique courses. Nothing about the practice meets Wikipedia's, or any other recognized definition as "Pseudoscience." It's entry on this list appears be to the work of online detractors and has no factual basis.

 Done L293D ( • ) 19:49, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
Chiropractic is clearly pseudo-scientific as stated in the first paragraph of the article: "Its foundation is at odds with mainstream medicine, and chiropractic is sustained by pseudoscientific ideas such as subluxation and "innate intelligence" that reject science". To remove it from this list, the first step would be to remove the mention from the target article. in the meantime, I'm re-adding it--McSly (talk) 21:15, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
I agree. If some legal or national bodies still support it that is not a valid reason to consider it science when it's not proper medicine. —PaleoNeonate – 10:33, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 25 November 2019[edit]

Remove Naturopathy from the list of pseudosciences. Aneomon (talk) 21:43, 25 November 2019 (UTC) Not done. That is what sources say. Alexbrn (talk) 21:59, 25 November 2019 (UTC)