‘On the Fringe’ explores the thin line between science and pseudoscience

Cover of "On the Fringe" by Michael D. Gordin

On the Fringe
Michael D. Gordin
Oxford Univ., $18.95

There is no such thing as pseudoscience, and Michael Gordin has written a book about it.

In On the Fringe, Gordin, a historian at Princeton University, does not deny that there are endeavors afoot in the world that are labeled pseudoscience. Rather he shows that the term has no precise meaning, and that there is no unambiguous, universal test for delineating true science from the false versions on its fringe.

Many well-known examples of pseudoscience, he notes, were once mainstream scientific disciplines. Astrology, for instance, was for centuries respected or practiced by the most prominent scientific thinkers of their time.

Astrology’s time is long past, of course. So Gordin refers to it, and alchemy, and eugenics, as vestigial sciences — once regarded as totally scientific, but cast aside into the pseudoscience realm by the advance of knowledge.

Other pseudosciences arise

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Executive Order on White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to advance equity in economic and educational opportunities for all Americans, including Black Americans, strengthen the capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to provide the highest-quality education, increase opportunities for these institutions to participate in and benefit from Federal programs, and ensure that HBCUs can continue to be engines of opportunity, it is hereby ordered as follows:

     Section 1.  Policy.  HBCUs have a proud history and legacy of achievement.  In the face of discrimination against Black Americans by many institutions of higher education, HBCUs created pathways to opportunity and educational excellence for Black students throughout our Nation.  That legacy continues.  Today, more than 100 HBCUs, located in 19 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, serve nearly 300,000 students annually.  HBCUs

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NASA is testing a straight-from-science-fiction electric air taxi

NASA kicked off testing of an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that could eventually fly cargo and passengers around busy cities in the not too distant future. 

The U.S. space agency teamed up with electric aircraft startup Joby Aviation to conduct developmental flight tests of the company’s six-rotor air taxi near Big Sur, Calif. 

The collaboration is part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign, which is working to develop air taxis, drones and other types of aircraft to move people and goods in cities and surrounding areas around the country. 

During the test flights, NASA will collect data on how the aircraft moves, sounds and communicates with controllers. 

The sound part is particularly important for air taxis meant to fly around heavily populated areas. Joby Aviation says its aircraft is much quieter than traditional gas-powered helicopters, claiming it’s “quiet enough to land in your neighborhood.” 


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How Norwegian Dental Care Works

One’s health is one of the necessary considerations when planning to travel abroad for vacation or relocation. Norway is one of the developed countries in the world, and they have a sound health system. But then, it is vital to consider health concerns such as dental plans of the country in emergencies or the need for a dentist.

You can learn more about the health services in Norway by checking out reviews platforms like Norskeanmeldelser.no. You will find reviews of various services on this platform, including Dentalworks, a popular dental company in Norway. Learn about their services and how you can take advantage of these services when visiting Norway.

Since dental issues are crucial, you should know the following about how Norwegian dental care works, as shown below:

  1. Dental care in Norway is not free

One of the facts you should know about Norway’s dental care is that … Read More