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Unformatted text preview: Questions To-Make-Sure-Youve-Read-The-Book For Why People Believe Weird Things 1. Define what Shermer means when he says that we need to develop a skeptical frame of mind. In other words, what is skepticism, why should we be skeptical, of what ideas and claims should we be skeptical (here you should use specific examples from your text), and how do we develop the skill of skeptical thinking? In other words, develop a plan to teach critical thinking. Further, what are the dangers of not being skeptical? Derren Brown, mentalist and magician, explains to Richard Dawkins , eminent biologist and author of numerous books on science and history, how he became a skeptic. After watching this interview, summarize Browns reasons for becoming a skeptic. (On YouTube, type in Derren Brown and Richard Dawkins. Watch interview 6/6). 2. What is the difference between Science and Pseudoscience? Give examples that demonstrate the difference. (Your examples will need to be specific in describing how, for example, Homeopathy or Chiropractic differs from Anatomy or Germ Theory. Use the Skeptical Inquirer and the website Skeptdic.com to get more detail regarding the specific differences between science and pseudoscience. You can also find information on different pseudo sciences to help build this answer. pseudo sciences to help build this answer....
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course ENG 33 taught by Professor Meier during the Spring '09 term at Pasadena City College.
- Spring '09