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Albert Einstein J. Robert Oppenheimer Ernest Lawrence Glen Seaborg Richard Feynman Lecture 1: What is Science? Introduction to ISB 201 Instructor: Dr. Mark Whalon
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Introduction: What to Expect From This Class To get the most out of this lecture: -Read Chapters 1-3 of Environmental Science Lecture 1 Introduction
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Quickly a few things you all should know… > Your attendance and participation is imperative > Any material written in red will almost certainly be on the resulting exam > The first part of the course is packed with information, organization is key > There are assigned readings which are fair game for an exam > Do the extra credits (0.5 GPA Boost) Lecture 1 Introduction
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Who is Your Instructor? Lecture 1 Introduction > Can he teach? > Is the material worth learning? > What will he expect of me? > Will he be an easy grader? > What are his beliefs? > Does his education, scientific discipline and experience make him wise? > Does all of this knowledge acquisition and experience make him a good teacher? > Am I a teacher worth emulating or listening to by how I live? By what I think? Or by what I teach? To learn more about your instructor go to: http://whalonlab.msu.edu/ Applied Ecologist Environmental Policy Expert
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0 20000000 40000000 60000000 80000000 100000000 120000000 Ancient 1100 1300 1500 1700 1900 Time Doubling rate= 4.2 years Lecture 1 Introduction What is known in just written scientific publications
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How does an instructor present any subject given such vast information? -Many Prof’s won’t tell you their slant , bias or what their worldview is, it’s up to you to figure it out - There is no such thing as valueless teaching …the “value” is in the choosing of the material taught Lecture 1 Introduction
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Pledge: I will make every effort to present a balanced view, or at least both sides of a controversial arena of science, biology, ecology or the environment. But like every person, I am operating from a certain ‘worldview’ and I believe that you need to know what that worldview is. There is no such thing as “valueless teaching”, in the material I choose to teach, I am expressing what I think is important - Science is a good methodology, perhaps the best for natural systems, but there are other ways of knowing: art, music, religion, philosophy, etc. Lecture 1 Introduction
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Be a student! Chinese Proverb: “When the student is ready the teacher will come” > Engage biology positively, your life depends on it! > > Ask questions in class > Be willing to see both sides of issues…be open! > Learn and understand the concepts taught > Recognize your privileged position in the world > Become a “critical” consumer of science > Exercise your citizenship What do I expect of You? Lecture 1
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