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And the greatest of these is Pseudoscience

This is a real gem of a post.  It’s written by someone with a self-professed PhD, and describes (at some length) the general perspective behind the neurosemantics pseudoscientific perspective.  The thing that made me physically laugh out loud on this one is that he’s citing W. Johnson’s “research” on native American reservations–theory being that if the native Americans did not have a word for stuttering, then stuttering would not exist in their culture; thus, there would be no native Americans who stutter.  So if anyone wants to go out and “prove” their theory–they will, truth be damned.  And this is exactly what happened; he “proved” his theory and it even got published.

Unfortunately, his “reserach” no where near resembled reality.  Not only were there words for stuttering in these languages/cultures, there were stutterers as well.  On the reservation.  At the same time as W. Johnson.

Tragically, Dr. L. Michael Hall is making the same public pseudoscientific error as his snake-oil predecessors.  Dogmatic Deductive Thinking.  (Since I believe or “know” that my central tenet is the “truth”, let me “prove” it by finding supporting evidence.)  The funny part in all of this is that the “supporting evidence” is known to be patently false.  But don’t let that stop you!

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