Fighting Ignorance

Pseudoscience... "...fields of inquiry that claim to be based upon scientific research, yet lack coherent or consistent theories, have no clearly definable conceptual framework, do not use rigorous methods to test their hypotheses, and make claims of discoveries that are not substantiated by evidence."  Examples include astrology, biorhythms, and the 19th century's phrenology. (Abell & Singer, 1983) USI call number BF 1045.S33 S38 1983 - Science and the Paranormal Probing the Existence of the Supernatural - selections by Martin Gardner, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Philip Klass, Philip Morrison, James Randi...


(fish´ing) (n.) The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.

if you do poorly, see

Urban Legends and Folklore: One of my favorites -- check your emails out here before sending them on.  What exactly are urban legends?

James Randi Educational Foundation
- an educational resource on the paranormal, pseudoscientific, and the supernatural.  Saw him speak a while back here at USI -- I strongly encourage you to attend any talk by him.  Check out Randi's Calendar to see where he'll be and if it is open to the public.

Urban Legends References Pages

Guests Separate Truth From Urban Legend - transcript of this title that aired February 3, 2001 - 12:30 p.m. ET

The Darwin Awards - and lots of other great stuff.

Here's another good one: Hoax Busters.

Museum of Hoaxes

A different kind of problem:

Computer Virus/Hoax Information Links courtesy of our own Computer Center
Trendmicro McAfee
Symantec CA Virus Info Center
Urban Legends F Secure
Norman Virus List
Sophos Virus Myths

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