The Very Essence of Pseudoscience – Sciolism

At the central core of pseudoscience are the self-professed “experts.”

Food Babe. David Wolfe. Stephanie Seneff. Joseph Mercola…. Just to name a few.

I was listening to the latest episode (jump to 40:35 in the show) of The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe yesterday when the word of the week was Sciolism. It means a pretentious attitude of  scholarship, superficial knowledgeability, a superficial show of learning, or a person who pretends to be knowledgeable and well informed.

I hadn’t heard the word before and thought it would make for an excellent graphic.

According to Cara Santa Maria:

A person displaying sciolism is a sciolist.

It’s really a fantastic word.

Can you name all 20 sciolists in the graphic? Who do you think is the most dangerous?

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