Lecture 1 - provide the solutions to all human problems....

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ISP 203B SUMMARY OF LECTURE 1: COURSE INTRODUCTION 28 August, 2007 3. Question for Class? What is a natural hazard? Class Answers: Something bad that affects many people. Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Floods, Tornadoes, Storms Hurricanes, Forest Fires 4. Question for Class? What natural hazards might be in Michigan Class Answers: Floods Tornadoes Forest Fires Storms – Ice – Hail Tsunamis (Professor Mackey does not really agree with this) Generally NOT Earthquakes, Hurricanes, or Volcanoes 5.   How is “science” distinguished from other aspects of human experience? SCIENTIFIC THEORIES offer a well-defined, naturally occurring cause that explains why or how a natural event occurs. ASSUMPTION: the universe is orderly, reasonable, and testable. Scientific theories are always subject to CHANGE Science corrects itself! Science CANNOT answer all of the questions in the universe, and DOES NOT
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Unformatted text preview: provide the solutions to all human problems. Science is observation, measurement, testing of NATURAL PHENOMENA Filtered through a cultural context 6. Why do we study the Earth? It affects us We affect it We use it Increased population puts us more at risk - It has international implications - Relief for catastrophes, shared resources, cross-border pollution, uneven resource distribution, population growth, etc. You are part of the decision making process. Do you think that some natural hazards are a result of human decisions? Avoid disinformation make informed judgments. Do you think science of technology can prevent all hazards? It affects many career opportunities Resources are finite Zero tolerance is not practical or may be impossible- can not stop hazards- can not eliminate pollution We need to know what is possible...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course ISP 203B taught by Professor Mackey during the Fall '07 term at Michigan State University.

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