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Pseudoscience is a claim, belief or practice which is falsely presented as scientific, but does not adhere to a valid scientific method, cannot be reliably tested, or otherwise lacks scientific status.[1] Pseudoscience is often characterized by the use of vague, contradictory, exaggerated or unprovable claims, an over-reliance on confirmation rather than rigorous attempts at refutation, a lack of openness to evaluation by other experts, and a general absence of systematic processes to rationally develop theories.

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Pseudoscience and BoyLovers

Research into pedophilia and child sexual abuse is, for the most part, flawed. The results are almost always based on individual case studies -- which are not examples of fair samples taken from the general population -- and lack control groups for comparison of the results. Therefore, it is pseudoscience.

The results of a single case study may be interesting, and may be informative -- but any results do not supply the kind of demonstrative proof necessary to be considered "real science" beyond what is relevant to only that particular case study. The results of case studies should be used to stimulate new research, inquiries based on the scientific method. Generalizations to larger groups of persons cannot be validly made without further empirical research. This is shown by the (false) claims which are found in the child abuse narrative.

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