Pseudoscience Task

Walt: Find and link information across a range of texts


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What was the author’s main message in pseudoscience

Pseudoscience is something that sounds scientific but isn’t based on solid evidence. Pseudoscience can often be found in advertising. Advertisements that contain facts or figures are powerful because people usually believe information that’s based on facts. But if you look a bit closer, you might find that you have been given only part of the story.

What are some of the differences between scientists and advertisers?

Scientists Advertisers
Has solid Evidence  Doesn’t have solid evidence 
Gathers data  Shows facts 

Write 3 sentences explaining something new you’ve learned from this reading. 

Something new I learnt about this reading is that extra carrots don’t actually make you see better in the dark. The British soldiers didn’t want the Germans to know about their new radar so they tricked the Germans, by writing an article about the British Soldiers being given extra carrots so that they can see their enemies planes and night better. The Germans fell for the trick and the Germans actually ate extra carrots to make they night vision better. 

        True or False

Statement True/False Page Number Evidence
A pseudonym is a false name True  3 For example, a “pseudonym” is a false name that people use instead of their real name.
Blackcurrants have vitamin D False  3 In the story all it talks about Blackcurrants is that they have only vitamin C and it doesn’t talk about vitamin D.
Flavanols help people remember things True & False 4 Flavanols do seem to help older people who have difficulty remembering things. But the process of turning cocoa beans into chocolate destroys the flavanols, so there is no evidence that chocolate helps with memory at all.
Scientists critique each other True 5 Scientists write so their work and ideas can be critiqued by other scientists.
Carrots have vitamin A True  6 Carrots have vitamin A in them, and vitamin A is important for healthy eyes.
Carrots help us see in the dark False  6 But eating extra carrots won’t improve your night vision.

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