Controversies Lecture

Controversies Lecture - 201 Controversies Punching Physical...

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Unformatted text preview: 201 Controversies Punching Physical Systems • Scientists can gain much information about a system by punching a system • e.g. bouncing a moving billiard ball off a stationary one • scattering experiments Punch Science? • We can gain information about science as a whole by watching what happens when a rogue experimental result or theory "punches" the taken for granted fabric of science. That is study a controversy. • In this case the scientists do the "punching" for you. ` • During a scientific controversy the normal implicit rules underlying scientific conduct become explicit Different Types of Controversy • Priority Disputes. • Who first discovered HIV as cause of AIDS? • Controversies within science at the research frontiers over experimental or theoretical results. • cold fusion • Controversies which are to do with the impact of science on society • genetically modified organisms, safety of nuclear power, and global warming. Stages of Controversy • 1st • Characterized by interpretative flexibility and experimenter's regress • 2nd • Characterized by agreement, consensus, or closure. •...
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