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Bio for Non- majors 1 - • Scientific Method • Science...

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What is “Science”? Science is both a body of knowledge and a process A body of knowledge about the natural world The process of coming to understand the natural world through observation and testing of hypotheses What has science done for you? A lot!!! Cell Phones Computers Electricity Clean water Agriculture Medicine Much more! There are many question left to answer How much can the human lifespan be extended? What genetic changes make us uniquely human? What is the biological basis of consciousness? Theory: a general set of principles, supported by evidence, that explains some aspects of nature Example: Big Bang Theory of how the universe began Hypothesis: a tentative, testable explanation of an observed phenomenon Experiments: controlled tests for the question at hand
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Unformatted text preview: • Scientific Method • Science in open to revision • Every assertion regarding the natural world is subject to challenge and revision based solely on evidence. • The scientific method is enriched through collaboration among the scientific community and society • Ways in which scientists collaborate: – Informal conversations – Oral presentations – Poster presentations – Scientific meetings or conventions – The scientific method is enriched through collaboration among the scientific community and society • The benefits of collaboration: – Scientists receive feedback from others – Scientists learn from each other – Scientists can build on what others have done – Scientists can address issues in society...
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