Pseudoscience and Science Fiction (Science and Fiction) (MP3 CD)

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By Andrew May, Steven Crossley (Read by)
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Aliens, flying saucers, ESP, the Bermuda Triangle, antigravity ... are we talking about science fiction or pseudoscience? Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference.

Both pseudoscience and science fiction (SF) are creative endeavors that have little in common with academic science, beyond the superficial trappings of jargon and subject matter. The most obvious difference between the two is that pseudoscience is presented as fact, not fiction. Yet like SF, and unlike real science, pseudoscience is driven by a desire to please an audience--in this case, people who want to believe. This has led to significant cross-fertilization between the two disciplines. SF authors often draw on real pseudoscientific theories to add verisimilitude to their stories, while on other occasions pseudoscience takes its cue from SF--the symbiotic relationship between ufology and Hollywood being a prime example of this.

This engagingly written and well researched audiobook explores a wide range of intriguing similarities and differences between pseudoscience and the fictional science found in SF.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781799916314
ISBN-10: 1799916316
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: August 24th, 2021
Language: English
Series: Science and Fiction