summarynotes_exam1 - BIO325 Exam 1 Modified Notes 1/16/08...

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BIO325 Exam 1 Modified Notes 1/16/08 Heredity is the passing of characteristics from one generation to the next. Genetics: The scientific study of heredity. Largely the study of genetic material and how this material affects the characteristics of  life forms. Science: A human activity and is therefore influenced by characteristics of humans such as our  brain structure, politics, greed, and other human characteristics. Rooted in philosophy, the academic branch of study devoted to the systematic  examination of basic concepts such as knowledge, truth, existence, reality, causality,  and freedom. Began as a branch of philosophy called  natural philosophy – the study of the knowledge  of the natural world. o The older definition of philosophy was the study of knowledge. Today, the branch of philosophy that sets the boundaries on science, the branch that  determines what is and is not science, is called the  philosophy of science.   o By the philosophy of science, science can only consider those ideas that       meet two criteria. The idea must be about the physical universe.     The idea must be falsifiable.     Falsifiable: An idea is falsifiable if we can imagine observations  that we could make in the physical universe that could disprove  the idea. Anything with mass has matter.
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o Mass: Measure of the amount of inertia it has. Since science can only consider a limited range of ideas,  science does not define reality.  It  does not determine what is real and what is not real. Art is real and it has powerful effects on humans and yet by the philosophy of science it is  outside of the realm of scientific investigation. Is the theory of creationism (theory of intelligent design) a scientific theory?  Does it meet the  two criteria? Creationism: Meets first criteria, but not the second. Science can never prove anything true,  because there is always more than one explanation  for the outcome of a particular experiment, and that particular experimental outcome cannot  distinguish between the alternative. (one explanation from the other alternative explanations) One reason to study philosophy is that it provides us with an opportunity to examine our  fundamental assumptions.  What aspects of physical reality are actually hidden from view due to  the philosophy that western science is based on? Why study science from a historical perspective?  Why learn old theories that have been since 
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