Preliminary Study of Evidences of Pseudoscience in Conscientiology
This presentation will analyze conscientiology as a cognitive community, through the lenses of Mario Bunge’s perspective in his essay “What is pseudoscience?” (1984). Preliminary characteristics about the conscientiological cognitive production are raised within the 12 items proposed by Bunge to distinguish science from pseudoscience. The goal is to encourage the epistemological and sociological discussion about conscientiology, and to draw attention to problems in its theoretical construction and social dynamics. I highlight the need for greater attention regarding the scientific approach on this community, which should avoid its isolation from interdisciplinary and interinstitutional dialogue.
Flávio Amaral has a degree in Economics, a Master’s in Business Administration, and is a professional in the financial sector. He was a volunteer, instructor, founder and administrator of conscientiological institutions from 1999 to 2012. Co-author of Inversão Existencial (Editares, 2011) and author of Teáticas da Invexologia (personal edition, 2012), he is currently an instructor of parapsychology, conscientiology and projectiology at the Namaskar Institute, and studies parapsychology at the Institute of Parapsychology and Mental Sciences in Joinville-SC, Brazil.