By Andrew May
Aliens, alien craft, ESP, the Bermuda Triangle, antigravity … are we conversing approximately technological know-how fiction or pseudoscience? occasionally it really is tough to inform the difference.
either pseudoscience and technological know-how fiction (SF) are inventive endeavours that experience little in universal with educational technological know-how, past the superficial trappings of jargon and material. the obvious distinction among the 2 is that pseudoscience is gifted as truth, now not fiction. but like SF, and in contrast to actual technology, pseudoscience is pushed by means of a wish to please an viewers – therefore, those that “want to believe”. This has ended in major cross-fertilization among the 2 disciplines. SF authors frequently draw on “real” pseudoscientific theories so as to add verisimilitude to their tales, whereas on different events pseudoscience takes its cue from SF – the symbiotic dating among ufology and Hollywood being a major instance of this.
This engagingly written, good researched and richly illustrated textual content explores a variety of interesting similarities and ameliorations among pseudoscience and the fictitious technological know-how present in SF.
Andrew May has a level in traditional Sciences from Cambridge collage and a PhD in astrophysics from Manchester collage. After decades in academia and the non-public quarter, he now works as a contract author and clinical advisor. He has written pocket biographies of Newton and Einstein, in addition to contributing to a couple of well known technological know-how books. He has a lifelong curiosity in technological know-how fiction, and has had numerous articles released in Fortean instances magazine
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