From creationism to economics: How far should analyses of pseudoscience extend?


Both the scientific and philosophical problems with classic pseudosciences such as astrology and creationism are well known, leading to institutions that are not structured to promote cognitive advancement. A focus on institutions, however, also encourages recognition of gray areas, such as parapsychology, which combines scientifically dubious claims with institutions that are comparable to most social sciences in their structure. Furthermore, institutional approaches to pseudoscience also raise questions about some academically mainstream fields such as economics. In such cases, pseudoscientific aspects of practice are harder to identify, highlighting the need to place analyses of pseudoscience in a wider context of institutional pathologies.


pseudoscience; institutions; creationism; parapsychology; economics

Full Text:



  1. Blancke, S., Hjermitslev, H. H., & Kjaergaard, P. C. (Eds.). (2014). Creationism in Europe. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

  2. Boudry, M., Blancke, S., & Braeckman, J. (2012). Grist to the mill of anti-evolutionism: The failed strategy of ruling the supernatural out of science by philosophical fiat. Science & Education, 21(8), 1151–1165. doi: 10.1007/s11191-012-9446-8 

  3. Bunge, M. (2016). Between two worlds: Memoirs of a philosopher-scientist. Cham: Springer International.

  4. Dawid, R. (2013). String theory and the scientific method. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  5. Edis, T. (2002). The ghost in the universe: God in light of modern science. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.

  6. Edis, T. (2007). An illusion of harmony: Science and religion in Islam. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.

  7. Keen, S. (2011). Debunking economics: The naked emperor dethroned? London/New York: Zed Books.

  8. Kitcher, P. (2007). Living with Darwin: Evolution, design, and the future of faith. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

  9. Mirowski, P. (2014). Never let a serious crisis go to waste: How neoliberalism survived the financial meltdown. London: Verso.

  10. Pigliucci, M., & Boudry, M. (Eds.). (2013). Philosophy of pseudoscience: Reconsidering the demarcation problem. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

  11. Smith, Y. (2010). ECONned: How unenlightened self interest undermined democracy and corrupted capitalism. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

  12. Tart, C. T. (2009). The end of materialism: How evidence of the paranormal is bringing science and spirit together. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

  13. Young, M., & Edis, T. (Eds.). (2004). Why intelligent design fails: A scientific critique of the new creationism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Creative Commons License
Texts in the journal are –unless otherwise indicated– published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License