Not Melanin Magic: Has The So-called “Melanin Theory” Been Falsified Or Verified? The Melanin Facts.

Karl Popper defined a pseudoscience as a claim that can be neither verified nor falsified. That, unfortunately, categorizes those claims beyond the current cutting edge of science as unscientific. Our current state of the art technology was once unverifiable though, it could be falsified. Today’s speculative fiction is tomorrow’s H.G. Wells prediction.

Thus, we have this post which was spawned as the result of a number of interactions on the Wikipedia article “Melanin Theory.”

An unverifiable claim is not necessarily pseudoscience. For instance, melanin, the aromatic biopolymer and organic semiconductor that makes Black people black, actually has “semiconductor and superconductor properties.”

However, the editors of the “melanin theory” article on Wikipedia are not convinced. They obviously have a political agenda, which we have termed “melanin denial.”

Dr. Bernardo Ortiz de Montellano wrote a paper Magic Melanin: Spreading Scientific Illiteracy Among Minorities which goes to great length to discredit the “melanin scholars” but does little to verify or falsify their claims. Let’s see if we can do that instead.

As shown above, we have verified melanin has been demonstrated to have “superconductor and semiconductor” properties.



By Nnamdi Azikiwe

The Mhotep Corporation uses its Keyamsha The Awakening brand to heighten perceptions and expand awareness. By producing content that engages, entertains and educates we create value for value relationships with our audience for mutual benefit. Mhotep is derived from the name of the architect and builder of the first pyramid in Kemet, so-called ancient Egypt. I formed the Mhotep Corporation in 2003 to produce and distribute 3D animation videos based on traditional African stories. Since then it has evolved to being a media production company including books. In a previous life I worked as a systems analyst developing solutions for government and multinational organizations. Born and educated in Washington, D.C. I have traveled to several places including Haiti, the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Nigeria (several times), Ethiopia (several times), Benin, Togo, and South Africa. I am married with three children.

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