Protoscience is any area of science which is in its formulative period, and may or may not become accepted widely in the scientific community. A protoscience can be understood as a hypothesis. Scientists and researchers usually have hypotheses proposed and put forth for debate. It may so happen that a certain hypothesis which is rejected by mainstream science gets incorporated into something popularly known as pseudoscience. Protoscience can be contrasted to pseudoscience in the way that the former has some measure of scientific reasoning in it.
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