Essay on Analysis Of The Qray Bracelet : Pseudoscience
1175 Words Sep 27th, 2016 5 Pages
In 1973, Manuel L. Polo, a chiropractor in Spain, supposedly developed an ionized bracelet that, using the body’s “Qi,” would make a person healthier and overall live a more balanced lifestyle (Barrett, 2008). In 1983, Que Te “Andrew” Park, along with QT Incorporated, expanded on the idea and invented the QRay bracelet (Carroll, 2015). The bracelet is in a “C-shape” and is made out of metal – silver, gold, titanium, etc. The design allegedly creates a similar effect to that of acupuncture: essentially, it targets an invisible energy running through the body, hitting a pressure spot, where it can then bring wearer’s “Qi” to equilibrium, restoring and even enhancing their overall health (QRay.). This notion comes from an ancient Chinese medicine practice, which one must first believe exists in order to then deem the QRay as true science. That is where one reaches the idea that the QRay bracelet is actually a pseudoscience.
A pseudoscience is a theory or practice that is considered a science by some, but cannot be proven by modern scientific techniques. It straddles the line between something someone believes and something that is true science. To help better comprehend what a pseudoscience is, there are a few characteristics to keep in mind. First, a pseudoscience will use impressive-sounding terminology in order to establish a faux scientific authority. Basically, they will use big words to trick one into thinking they are a science, when they…