- Trofim Lysenko’s (under
Stalin and Kruschev) rejection of Mendelian genetics, ruined the study of
genetics and plant breeding in’ the Soviet Union, ruined Soviet
Agriculture and caused famines through the acceptance of what was, then
too, clearly pseudoscience. Millions of lives were lost because of the
introduction of a process where Lysenko was complicit.
- In South Africa, tens of thousands lost their lives when the President and Health Minister asserted that HIV does not cause AIDS. This has long been recanted, fortunately.
When pseudoscience turns into policy
Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India, Prof K Vijay Raghavan in his post on Indian Science Congress fiasco outlines some instances of harm caused by the pseudoscience influenced policy decisions.
Labels: Pseudo Science