I’ve been referring to psychology as pseudoscience for years. I’ve even written about it. This evening, the leading pull quote came to me, so I Googled it and was not disappointed. Confirmation bias? Indeed.
I’m glad others have already broken ground here. It saves me from getting lost down another unpopular rabbit hole.
Why should I even care?
On one hand, it disturbs me that this discipline not only gets elevated well above its station, it also affects lives because, as astrology before it, but it also affects people’s lives whether they believe it or not. Psychology creates arbitrary categories, asserts specious definitions, and the weak-minded accept it as gospel. Sadly, intelligent people haven’t yet seen behind the curtain in a manner reminiscent of the countless hours Issac Newton wasted on alchemy or Descartes spent trying to prove God.
It feels that most people have finally abandoned alchemy, though I don’t dare look. But many people still believe in astrology, zodiac, and horoscopes.
The core of psychology is based on metaphysical claims of the mind. The physical aspects lie in the realm of neuroscience.
Not so fast
To be fair, neuroscience is still in its infancy, and there are still more things they don’t know than they do. Where astronomy is able to look at the universe through the James Webb Space Telescope, neurology is peering through binoculars—or perhaps only the hollow core of a paper towel roll.
Although fMRIs and such look to us as advanced as, say, the Janes Webb Space telescope as seen in the image below.
The fidelity might be better conveyed by this star-gazing implement.
Moreover, the base understanding of processes and mechanisms is lacking.
Even so, it beats this analogy to psychology.
This image of Carina Nebula’s so-called Cosmic Cliffs demonstrated the resolution and clarity we might expect from neuroscience in future.
This image represents where neuroscience is today.
So now I’ve said it. I feel better.
Cover Image Credit: NASA / ESA / CSA / STScI