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)FAI TEDE " CATALINA |SLANDER SCIENC]E THE PSEUDO-SCIENCE By Dr. Edwin E. Slosson Dire~Qr, Sr~nc* S~aw~, W~shlngton Modern complex indus.trial life plunges everyone into a scientific en- vironment so that no one can escape the dehage of =~cientific terms. But he may :get them wrong. Each new dis- covery starts a izarasitic growth of pseudo-science. There is a north pole; but Cook didn't di~ower it. There is magnetism; but nDt "ani- mal magnetism." There is wireless telegraphy; but that does not :prove telepathy. There are electrons; but "'electronic" CUres do not follow. From miscellaneous reading in the papers the average /ayman gets a con- fused, composite, half-digested impres- sion to the effect that "Science Says :" People are descended from "m~n- ys;" the sun is made of radium; ors is inhabited by a race ,of canal d!ggers; the ancient Mayas knew aH about relativity' the earth is getting hotter; the eartl~ is getting colder; the earth will be smashed up by running into a comet; the average mental age of Americans is thirteen; all pro- gress comes form a superior Notate race; mankind is losing all its teeth and hair; the world is going to starve to death from over-population ; the World is going to die off from race Suicide; Conan Doyle proved the ex- Istence of faries; drinking sour milk or grafting goat glands will make everybody live to 150; there is no soul; everybody has two or three souls; ac- cording to Freud you must give rein to every impulse or die of a complex; all rheumatism comes from bad teeth; all dis,eases can be cured by manipulat- ing the backbone; harnessing the POwer ,of the tides will replace coal as a SOUrce of power, etc., etc. Some of these notions are false, SOme are hypotheses which may or ~aay not be true, some are truths badly expressed or placed in a mislead- J~;g contex;.. The result is that the layman either becomes sceptical of all science, or credulously falls victim to ~he first fakir that can manipulate im- posing catchwords. Not only do new superstitions crop up trom the soil fertilized by genuine disem-ery, but the old weeds still lin- ger. Dream books, not only those based on Freud, but others .of the o1.1 traditional sort, still sell in the shops. Fortune tellers manipulate pac!~s of cards as well as Ouija boar,Is. Astrol- ogy numbers more followers than live 1 in Egypt, Chal lea and Rome. We are only two hundred years removed from witch-burning forefathers, and son~c Would do it yet if the law permitteil. An excite,1 fundamentalist in a Sou~h- ~I'p, l,al,er 'l~:::l:m:ls that all ev,,{tttion- ists bc crucified head down. This is not all cause for pessimism. At least it shows that science attracts great interest and has vast prestige. "ln~itation is the sincerest form of flat- tery" If fifty years ago legislatures did not persecute Darwinism it is be- cause tire average legislature had never heard of it. If peolde talk nonsense about Freudianism, hypnotism, Ein- stein, psychological tests, vatamins, and the like, at least they have heard of these things and want to hearmore about them. All they need is some clue as to what things are so and what things are not. Unfortunately, those who trade on the name of science for profit, or who are fanatically sincere about some ab- (Continued on Page 8. Column 3) AVALON CHURCHES Catholic Church services : Sunday Masses, 8 and 10 a. m. Sunday even- ing devotions, 7:30 p. m.Week day Mass, 7:.30 a. m. *** Christian Science Society services at their bungalow meeting house, 222 Metropole avenue, Sunday at 11 a. m. Sunday School at 9:30 a. m. Wednes- day evening service at 8 p. m. Congregational Church Services Sunday School, 9:30 a. m.; Worship and Sermon, 10:30 a. m.; Christian Endeavor, 6:00 p. m.; Worsh.ip and Sermon, 7:00 p. m.; Mid-week Service 7:00 p. m., Wednesday. Everyone is cordially invited to all services. Fresh Catalina FISH iii PLEASURE PIER Open All the Year AVALON FISH COMPANY Lobsters, Oysters, Shrimp, Salmon, Et, in Season. BAIT FOR ANGLERS Harry Tregarthen, Proprietor. Bungalows & Rooms For Rent at Reasonable Prices Martha E. Glidden, Proprietor (Mrs. Seth Glidden) INSURANCE Fire, Accident, Compensation, Life, Theft, Etc. R, epresentinll Otll2~ Reliable Companies J. E. MATltEWSON - Avalon Photos of all Catalina Prize Fish. P.V. REYES Steam'r Pier Avalon, Cal. Newspapers, Magazines Sweets At Windle's News Stand PENS PAPER PENCILS PADS ENVELOPES At ' Windle's &utomatteally hooks the fish the instant he atrikes, I MADE IN SIX SIZ~S'-SEVEN FINISHES I Ask your dealer for this wonderful lure, or write | $.E. 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