“Fringes” of Science

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“Fringes”of Science

Thisarticle is the most fascinating considering the nature of the writerwho is a doctor and a parent to a child with autism. The article iscaptivating considering the fact that the writer with his medical andscientific knowledge is easily deceived by simple the quackism thathe is supposed to detect as a result of desperate hope to find a lastsolution to his son. He later is used by the senior medical officersthat he is currently opposed to into a rigorous campaign to markettheir ideology, an aspect he is currently refuting in his article.

Thearticle reveals a case of desperate parent of autistic children beingexploited by doctors with contradicting information regarding theirchildren’s fate. The main cause of all this is the parents’desperation of finding a solution, to the situation of their lovedchildren regardless of the cost or outcome (Laidler,par 6). In the real sense, the medicine provided by the medicalpractitioners does not yield the expected result nor is thewithdrawal of the usage of the same products on autistic children.This is a fact that has been proven by the case of the article’swriter in regard to the usage and withdrawal of the said products onhis autistic child. This is irrespective of the cost, strictness inadministering the cure and the period through which the medicine istaken.

Insuch a scenario, instead of just following blindly basing my beliefson hope, I would a request for a practical scientific research testrevealing the cause and the treatment done previously and currentlyon children with autism. This would be to differentiate between realscience from pseudoscience and quackism (Coker, 65). The testsprovided in the article given have placebo effect considering theworkability of the medicine used is not scientifically proven, butpeople are pegging their approval on tell-tales and hope.

Thesubject mostly highlights a serious case of pseudoscience. This isconsidering the fact that the literature aims at the public and itscontent cannot be said to be verifiable nor accurate (Coker, 2001,66). This fact is verified when the writer at the end realizes thatwith or without using the given medication, his autistic childimproves gradually and with less stress and strain financially. Thisis as opposed to the information and deception that promote fear thatthe practitioners involved tried to instill on their patients, tocreate loyalty on the usage of their products. The aim ofpseudoscience is converting the public and not convincing them and isgreatly lacking in physical phenomenon in regard to scientificresearch (Coker, 68). The latter is evidenced by the fact that evenpatients with knowledge like the article’s writer, were led tobelieve in unverifiable tales and used to spread products whoseeffects could not be scientifically proven.

Thediscussions in the class forums provided an in-depth insight based ofproper distinction between real science and pseudoscience aspectsthus helping me to critique the subject based on fact and notassumption. There is a very thin line between science andpseudoscience thus, had this class forum information not beenrevealed, I would never have made an informed analysis of the subjectchosen.


Coker,Rory. &quotDistinguishing science and pseudoscience.&quot (2001):62-73.

Laidler,James R. &quotThrough the Looking Glass: My Involvement with Autism Quackery.&quot&nbspAutismWatch&nbsp(2004).