1-21-09 - 1/21/09 (the nature of) Science Inquiry Science o...

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1/21/09 (the nature of) Science Inquiry - Science o A process by which Knowledge is organized systematically To uncover patterns among phenomena and processes o Offers explanations or hypotheses for the occurrence of events These explanations are falsifiable: they can be rejected - The scientific method (process in order) 1. observation of natural events 2. hypothesis: an explanation, inferred from previous observations 3. testing: experimentation, observation 4. data 5. hypothesis is supported or rejected *ecological coincidence does not equal causation - Scientific Theory o Is accumulated support for a hypothesis and rejection of alternative hypotheses may lead to its elevation to a theory: an universal explanatory framework o Some tested physical laws Gravity Plate techtonics Big Bang Quantum physics o Some tested biological concepts
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Genetic code Circulatory system Germ theory of disease Sexual reproduction - Science is based on
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2009 for the course ANTHRO 304 taught by Professor Gray during the Spring '09 term at Kansas.

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