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parascience

(ˈpærəˌsaɪəns)
n
(Alternative Belief Systems) the study of subjects that are outside the scope of traditional science because they cannot be explained by accepted scientific theory or tested by conventional scientific methods
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Translations
Parawissenschaft
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Rupert Sheldrake's new science of life: Science, parascience or pseudoscience?
2, 33) writes, parascience (her term for scientism) "claims the authority of science [without practicing] the self-discipline or self-criticism for which science is distinguished ...
Even so, they called on the services of ParaScience, a group which uses high-technology equipment in an effort to find rational explanations for peculiar activities.
The director of ParaScience International in Pennsylvania points to Birmingham as the hot spot in the Seventies, Wales in the Eighties, and London or Lincolnshire next in line.
For Amin, this brand of alienation is expressed today most forcefully in the abstract domain of economic theory known as "pure economics." In his opinion, the elaborate formal apparatus of "pure economics" betrays a dehistoricized and depoliticized understanding of economic process, and is most notable for its magisterial ability to override empirical details which contradict its "utopian" premise that "`the market' rules with the force of natural law, producing not merely a `general equilibrium' but the best of all possible equilibria." (143) To this extent, as Amin underscores, whether dubious claims to objectivity the "parascience" of pure economics might possess, it has succeeded dramatically in its primary effort to "legitimize the unrestricted predations of capital." (143)
At the airport (today's concentration of humanity, even higher than shopping malls), you will rarely see books on chemical subjects (parascience and scifi, yes).