America's Got Talent: Can You Read This?
00:00:54 - 00:04:57
  • Science → Pseudoscience → Science vs. Pseudoscience

David and Leeman put pressure on Howie's head to "prove" that putting pressure on certain areas of the skull inhibits one's ability to perform certain tasks. David and Leeman demonstrate how something could seem scientific when it is in fact not. This relates to the idea that sometimes people can make something "appear" to be science (e.g. fortune telling, astrology, diet pills, odd cures for diseases) when it is in fact not scientific.

Public Discussion Questions

  1. (before viewing): Describe a time in which you believed something and later discovered you'd been fooled. How did you determine/discover that the claim was inaccurate? How did you feel? How did you react?
  2. How would we verify whether or not David and Leeman's "pressure phrenology" method actually works?
  3. There's no such thing as pressure phrenology; this is pseudoscience! What do you think is the reason Howie was unable to read the words on the cards the first time around?
  4. What is pseudoscience? What properties of pseudoscience differentiate it from science?

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  • Elin
    about 3 years ago
    I used this to introduce a web research activity on science vs. pseudoscience.
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