Parascience

Parascience is the study of subjects that are outside the scope of, or phenomena that is not recognised to exist by, the natural and social sciences because their occurrence is not established and cannot be explained by accepted scientific theory, or because it cannot be tested by conventional scientific methods.[1]

According to a more specific definition of parascience, the term covers "non-scientific practices that are not pseudoscientific", for example history, philosophy, art, and religion.[2]

Philosopher of science Mario Bunge defined parascience as a discipline claiming not to be scientific but at the same time claiming to be better suited than science to provide some type of knowledge.

Parascience is not pseudoscience.[2] Pseudoscience claims to be scientific, but isn't; parascience does not claim to be scientific.[2]

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References

  1. Collins English Dictionary. Copyright Harper Collins Publishers
  2. Hansson, Sven Ove (2017). Zalta, Edward N. (ed.). The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2017 ed.). Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University.


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