| Style over substance|
Indigenous science (IS) is a pseudoscience claimed to be alternative to "Western science" (a.k.a. science). According to the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network, its power lies in its ability to make connections and perceive patterns across vast cycles of space and time, and indigenous scientists are trained in various specializations such as herbalism, weather observations, mental health, and time keeping. Moreover, the main distinctions of IS are:
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IS has been promoted by the Australian Science Media Centre on the Australia's Science Channel. with a video where indigenous scientists, Stacy Mader, Ray Lovett, Simon Conn, Maree Toombs, Jason Sharlpes, Brad Moggridge, and Simone Reynolds, explain why IS is so important. Simone Reynolds claimed that IS is "highly valuable and there's something in it for everyone regardless of who you are" while Maree Toombs says that "the grannies and aunties are the real researchers".
IS should not be confused with legitimate research about indigenous people and their worldviews, such as in anthropology. Understanding indigenous knowledge can also be important in some fields of research, such as archaeology and ethnobotany. That does not mean that equating indigenous knowledge with science is legitimate, since equating them becomes pseudoscience, a form of other ways of knowing. Examples of legitimate forms of research:
- Maree Toombs does conduct legitimate medical anthropology research, but her quote above is unsupportable.
- Tu Youyou conducted exhaustive research on Traditional Chinese Medicine plants to find a single plant that was effective against malaria, winning her the Nobel Prize. Most of TCM however is not evidence-based.