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Semi-Science is an attribute given by scientists to questionable knowledge-findings of certain people or non-objective truth-claims of certain groups. This attribute indicates that the underlying facts are not (yet) properly proven according to scientific rules, or that they are based on half-truths.

CPER's principle:
CPER uses this term to denote the fact that science has the following limitations:

  • There are many phenomena that science cannot explain properly because of limited technical means.
  • Scientists have not investigated everything there is to investigate yet.
  • Some scientists do not do value-free research in order to find the objective truth.
  • Scientists avoid to investigate certain tricky phenomena, for example: many scientists refuse to do objective research on the aspect of homosexuality, because of moral or political reasons.
  • There is little integration of knowledge from different scientific areas related to cross-domain patterns or phenomena.
  • Universities focus more on in-depth research, rather than on expository education.
  • Universities are limited in their financial resources, so they choose to invest in research on popular or urgent themes.
  • To become famous or to get subsidies, current scientists investigate mainly unexplored new areas. This way, much relatively 'old' knowledge (but still useful for people at home) is not perpetuated in a global popular knowledge base. Useful scientific findings or solutions disappear into the background of daily concerns of society. (Four family generations later, a scientist re-invents the wheel again.)

This means that certain theorems can not be refuted, and should not be ignored by the scientific community, as long as science does not contain 'all answers to everything'.

CPER's vocabulary:
CPER applies the term 'semi-science' to emphasize those statements that may become scientifically proven in the future, by research done under supervision of a university. Thus, these semi-scientific statements, formulations, explanations or descriptions of phenomena are -for now- 'hypotheses': they are set candidacy for proper academic examination, and -who knows- may get included into the accepted repertoire of proven scientific knowledge, some day.

Linguistic derivation

The prefix Semi is derived from the Latin word semi, meaning "half" and the term Science from Latin scientia, meaning "knowledge".


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