After watching the videos I don’t think my idea of pseudoscience has changed much. It seems to be a relatively self-explanatory term and I had a fairly good understanding of it beforehand. That being said, I did quite enjoy the Bill Nye video and found myself watching most of the video simply for the sake of entertainment.
The example of pseudoscience I have chosen to examine is the Simulation Hypothesis. That is not to say that admitting it a posibility is necessarily pseudoscience but many have begun claiming it as definitely true and placing much more weight in it than such an unverifiable claim deserves.
The Simulation Hypothesis states that the universe and all of human experience has not happened as we believe but rather that humanity is living out a simulation inside an advanced supercomputer and that we are merely experience the simulation as opposed to a true reality.
While this is certainly an exciting proposal and a great plot for an episode of the Twilight Zone until there is a definitive way to test it it must be classified as pseudoscience. Many proponents of such a reality claim that it is likely to be true though. The primary argument is that “It is possible to simulate reality, so it is statistically quite likely that someone has in this case.”
The reason that many are clinging to this theory now though is that it has been endorsed by celebreties that many Americans view (injustly in Elon Musk’s case) as authorities on scientific thought. Both Elon Musk and Niel DeGrasse Tyson have stated in interviews that they believe it to be likely that our universe takes place inside a simulation. When powerful people say thing they tend to be believed.
Again, while in this case both men have a point in making their claim. It does seem likely given the fact that it is possible and more simulations are likely to happen overall than actual universes. That does not in itself constitute as verifyable evidence and until there is some, this cannot be called more than an exciting thought experiment.
I find this theory to be akin to Last Thursdayism. Last Thursdayism states that entropy is very hard to reverse and were a universe to be created Last Thursday’s ordered state would be much easier to assemble than 14 billion years ago’s ordered state. While again, it seems logical and interesting it makes an unverifyable claim and until something changes can only be called pseudoscience.