Episode 2: Types of Science; Superfoods

types of science pseudoscience

Welcome to Episode 2: Types of Science

Today, Nav and I discuss different types of science.

These are ‘consensus’, ’emerging science’ and ‘pseudoscience’.

We also briefly discuss ‘superfoods’. Is there any legitimacy to their claims or is it marketing spin? 🙂

Background Info:

Science

Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. In modern usage the word “science” has became increasingly associated with the scientific method itself, as a disciplined way to study the natural world, including physics, chemistry and biology. Modern science is typically subdivided into the natural sciences which study the material world, the social sciences which study people and societies, and the formal sciences like mathematics. Solid evidence base.

Emerging Science

This is legitimate scientific inquiry, but it does not yet have weight of evidence. It may be that only a few studies have been done on a particular topic, or there have been conflicting studies, requiring further research before conclusions can be drawn.
Speculative evidence base.

Pseudoscience

Pseudoscience is a claim, belief or practice which is incorrectly presented as scientific. It does not adhere to a valid scientific method, cannot be reliably tested, or otherwise lacks scientific status. Pseudoscience is often characterized by the use of vague, contradictory, exaggerated or unprovable claims. It has an over-reliance on confirmation rather than rigorous attempts at refutation, a lack of openness to evaluation by other experts, and a general absence of systematic processes to rationally develop theories. Usually anecdotal evidence base.

Superfoods

Myth or reality?

If you define a ‘superfood’ as “a food containing high nutrient density and relatively low energy density” then they’re real.
If you define them as “some kind of magical item that will confer magnificent health and vitality by virtue of it’s properties” then you may well be engaging in withful thinking. Sorry!

What did you think of the info and episode?

Please get in touch with a comment or question. 🙂

Further info:

Using the scientific method in Nutrition [VIDEO]

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Tim Brown
Tim is passionate about fitness and health. Combining his love of Martial Arts and Fitness, Tim founded FunFit: Functional Fitness & Self Defence Centre in 2008 and from 2012 has been a student of Nutrition. Eat Real Food is Tim's vision (with help!) to better inform people about healthy food choices. With so many messages out there (often conflicting), Tim thought "wouldn't it be great if there was a site that people could go to that cut through jargon and marketing-speak and just made it easier to make healthy choices?" Enter Eat Real Food. Be warned: Tim is (in)famous for good information and bad jokes. He may also overuse parentheses.

Tim Brown

Tim is passionate about fitness and health. Combining his love of Martial Arts and Fitness, Tim founded FunFit: Functional Fitness & Self Defence Centre in 2008 and from 2012 has been a student of Nutrition. Eat Real Food is Tim's vision (with help!) to better inform people about healthy food choices. With so many messages out there (often conflicting), Tim thought "wouldn't it be great if there was a site that people could go to that cut through jargon and marketing-speak and just made it easier to make healthy choices?" Enter Eat Real Food. Be warned: Tim is (in)famous for good information and bad jokes. He may also overuse parentheses.

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