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Guiding Questions: Foundations of Science Module #9 Science as explanation of origin: cosmology and cosmogony Overview: One of the most fundamental questions common to all humanity is: where did we come from and how did we get here? Science, strictly defined, is limited to empirical observation and reproduction of controlled events or observation of current events and therefore cannot prove with certainty what the nature of the universe was like prior to man’s existence. However nature displays many patterns which are readily observed in the physical world. The “cause and effect” nature inherent in a pattern suggests history. Therefore scientists make predictions about past events based on the patterns they observe and this has led to the idea that physical principles are uniform across time and space. Thus science is invoked as an explanation for what the past might have looked like including descriptions of “deep time” and how the universe began. Cosmology (the study of the origin of the universe) and Cosmogony (the study of the structure of the universe) are two popular and well-funded scientific disciplines which have as their goal the reconstruction of past events. Discovery in these fields is often used to promote the idea that the supernatural need not be invoked to explain the origin and existence of matter or life. One of the conclusions which flows from cosmology and cosmogony is that the existence of a life-containing and life- sustaining planet-earth which includes complex creatures like man is due to nothing more than a huge cosmic accident. Reading:
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course LS 200 taught by Professor Dr.fraisier during the Spring '08 term at Masters CA.

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