I would suggest that all "pseudoscience" (on talk.origins) at any rate
can be discerned based on the inclusion of one or more of the following
Argumentum ad CAP-LOCK
The logical fallacy that holds anything written in all capital letters
must be true. Example, "THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS PROVES THAT
EVOLUTION IS IMPOSSIBLE."
Argumentum via Conspiracium ad Scientia
The logical fallacy that holds any theory which is suppressed by
science must be correct. This suppression is often proved by the fact
that the proponents have published nothing in refereed journals. Example:
"Of course Henry Morris hasn't published anything on biology. The truth
is being suppressed."
Argumentum via Consequncia ad Negativio
The logical fallacy that holds any belief which may lead to negative
consequences is perforce incorrect. Example: "Hitler spoke glowingly
of evolution. This shows that evolution is wrong."
Argumentum via Misspellatum
The logical fallacy that holds any idea that can be misspelled to provide
sinister connotations is perforce incorrect. Example: "EVILution".
Argumentum via Lackum ad Imaginatium
The logical fallacy that holds any idea which is beyond the mental
capacity of it's opponent is perforce incorrect. Example: "I just
can't imagine how evolution could produce eyes."
Argumentum via Repititio
The logical fallacy that holds anything which is repeated often enough
just has to be correct. Example: The reduced felt-effect of gravity.
See also the related fallacy of Refutadum via Repititio
Refutadum via Repititio
The logical fallcy that holds that after a suitable number of repostings,
one can claim that he has already refuted all of the criticisms to one's
posts. Example: The reduced felt-effect of gravity. See also the
related fallacy of Argumentum ad Repititio.
Argumentum via Compariensis ad Gallileo
The logical fallcy that holds since people laughed at Gallileo, and he
was correct, if people laugh at me I must be correct. Example: "Sure
this sounds crazy, but remember people said that to Galileo too."
Argumentum via Examplum ad Einstein
The logical fallacy that holds Einstein to be the sole and final arbiter
of the correctness of a scientific theory. Example: "Einstein died with
a copy of one of Velikovsky's books on his desk."
Argumentum via Denialadum ad Obviousensis
The logical fallacy that holds that denying the obvious perforce makes
the obvious untrue. Example: "One cannot be a theist and accept evolution."
Argumentum ad Ted
The logical fallacy that holds expletive, solely by itself, proves one's
point. Example: "Bullshit."
>-|- ___ Warren Kurt vonRoeschlaub
P.S. Sorry to use your post as a mere springboard, Warren, but, hey, c'est la
vie in talk.origins.