ENV221-Lecture 1 - ENV221, Fall Semester 2010 Sept. 16th...

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ENV221, Fall Semester 2010 Sept. 16 th Lecture #1: SCIENTIFIC WORLDVIEW 1. What is science? There can be two points of view: Science is the root of all of our environmental problems Science will find solutions to all of our environmental problems But things are never all black or all white, there are many other options Science is: A way of knowing, understanding the world using an explicit approach, but isn’t just about knowledge A process of discovery of how things work, invoking only natural causes and studying natural phenomena vs. human constructs Its essence is the change in ideas Increasingly better in approximations about how the world works Does not deal with things that don’t have the potential to be tested by observations But it is also dangerous to count only on technology to solve our problems, we need philosophers as well to think about ethic and about the future generations 2. Scientific assumptions The world is knowable: if we work enough we can find out what it is about
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2010 for the course ENV ENV221H1 taught by Professor Karening during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto.

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ENV221-Lecture 1 - ENV221, Fall Semester 2010 Sept. 16th...

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