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Principles of Biology BY103

Pseudoscience & Falsely Controversial Topics


Step One - Choose a topic from the following pseudoscience topics, falsely controversial topics, or a topic of your own:

Pseudoscience topics:

  • Alternative or fringe medicine:
    • Acupuncture/acupressure/reflexology
    • Cancer cures (alternative/fringe cancer cures)
    • Chiropractic
    • Colon cleansing/colonics/colon hydrotherapy
    • Crystal healing
    • Detox diets
    • Eating for your blood type
    • Ear candling
    • Essential oil therapy
    • Health bracelets (ionized bracelets, hologram bracelets, magnetic jewelry, etc.)
    • Oil pulling
    • Paleo diet
    • Reiki
  • Astrology
  • Conversion therapy
  • Lunar effect (the belief that the full Moon influences human behavior)

Falsely controversial topics:

  • Climate change/global warming
  • Evolution by natural selection
  • GMO safety
  • The necessity of animal testing
  • The necessity of embryonic stem cell research
  • The safety of nuclear power
  • Vaccine safety

Narrow Your Topic

Step Two - Narrow your topic

This paper is very short so you must narrow your topic from one which is too general.  First, identify the most important of the non-scientific claims made about your topic and then find out what the science literature has to say about these claims.  Below, I have linked some sample websites with non-scientific claims about a few of your possible topics:


Biology Articles

Step Three - Find peer-reviewed journal articles - At  least six sources including at least four peer-reviewed journal articles

Step Four - Cite Your Sources