Meaning "false knowledge," the term refers to theories that do not follow formal scientific discipline and that cannot be verified. In contrast, a "scientific" fact can be continuously proven with every experiment.
In another Chicago-Sun column, written in 2009 and titled, "New Agers and Creationists Should Not Be President," Ebert humorously lamented that many progressives, while wisely shunning creationism, were perfectly comfortable espousing all manner of supernatural or pseudoscientific ideas.
From a Szaszian perspective, this incoherent theory is a cover for the retroactive enhancement of duly imposed sentences by politicians who decided certain criminals were getting off too lightly--a policy so plainly contrary to due process and the rule of law that it had to be dressed up in quasi-medical, pseudoscientific justifications.
Of particular interest is the book's exploration of pseudoscientific practices, such as phrenology, astrology and alchemy, and their influence on the burgeoning medical traditions of many different societies.
While some judges say they work to ensure only reliable scientific evidence is presented to juries, criminal justice advocates say that more must be done to root out an array of pseudoscientific practices that can have life-or-death consequences.