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It's an activity, which is resembling or simulating science but is based on fallacious  assumptions.
To understand pseudoscience it is important to understand the essentials of  scientific thinking:
Scientific theories are
  • based upon empirical observation
  • description of the empirically found phenomenona or group of phenomena
  • explaining a range of empirical phenomena, i.e the formulation - often mathematically -  of an hypothesis to explain the phenomena. 
  • inveneting test methods to prove the phenomenon.
  • confirming or falsifying the theory by empirical tests or with the discovery of new facts
  • the tests have to be verifiable by other people without any preconditions based on religious or metaphysical beliefs
  • the scientific approach to new ideas is based on skepticism rather than gullibility
Whereas pseudo-science is shaped by the lack of carefully planned, controlled and properly interpreted experiments.