I chose to look at the pseudoscience of conversion therapy because it is near and dear to my heart. I am “openly” gay and out to my parents but not to the rest of my family because many of them are proponents of conversion therapy. I have a cousin that came out at the age of 26 and was so heavily scrutinized about it, she left the state and now most of us have no clue where she is. This is one example of how damaging pseudosciences can be.
Conversion therapy rests on the idea of homosexuality being a diseased state of mind that can be cured by psychological and/or spiritual intervention. In case there was any confusion, being homosexual is not like choosing a political party so experiences where a change of values or agenda changes the community a person sides with.
In order for conversion therapy to be even relatively possible (and not as psychologically damaging) we’d have to imagine there being maybe a gene for queerness that could be isolated and altered to align with heterosexual practices (?).
Prior to this introduction, i understood pseudo- as “fake”, like a pseudo-intellectual but now i am trying to think of it more fluidly like there is a possibility something could be slightly true if the question was altered and scientific method was applied.