Delusion and Self-Deception in Science

Patricia Apostolica, Sana Gull & Brigita Meskauskaite

Student thesis: Termpaper


This report is about delusion and self-deception, a variation of pathological science. We analyzed cases of polywater and N-rays from historical, political and geographical points of view and tried to allocate the reasons behind delusions and self-deception in these two cases, psychological point of views among others regarding reasons of delusions have also been discussed. And what were the costs to the scientists, who were involved in such cases. We used demarcation criteria and Thomas Kuhn’s point of views, ethical norms of behavior and importance of a valid hypothesis in order to differentiate science from normal science. We also looked at the prevention mechanisms which seemed quite helpful to prevent such incidents from happening to some extent until now.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Program in Natural Sciences, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date21 Dec 2015
SupervisorsKornelius Zeth


  • theory of science, delusion, self-deception, 3rd semester project