Class 2 - Power Point Slides

Class 2 - Power Point Slides - Class 2 I. Announcements...

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Class 2 I. Announcements First reading assignment and paper due next class: “Falsifiability: A discourse on how to foil little green men in the head” Download from Blackboard – under “Assignments” Paper One full page (doubled space) - comments , reactions, thoughts. Must be well written and include more than a summary . Bring hard copy to class. Also turn it in through “turnitin” on Blackboard. No late assignments accepted!
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II. Science vs. Pseudoscience What is science? science is not a collection of facts nor is science defined by subject matter - science is a set of rules for answering questions: It involves: 1. posing a question 2. designing an experiment to answer the question 3. collecting data 4. interpreting the data Although scientists seek “truth” they don't know truth. They propose and test theories, knowing that future evidence may cause revision or even rejection of their theories.
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What is Pseudoscience? Pseudoscience - a established body of knowledge that claims to be scientific but does not adhere to the basic requirements of the scientific method. The most important of its defects: - the lack of carefully controlled and thoughtfully interpreted experiments - Pseudoscience beliefs are not open to experimentation -seldom is there an acknowledgment that future evidence may lead to the rejection of the beliefs
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1. Psychics A newsgroup in Philadelphia - tested the powers of so- called psychics. Video of 15 year old girl named Kate – told “psychics” the girl had been missing since January. * No one used their psychic abilities to figure out this was a hoax. * If psychics can really find missing people, why haven’t psychics caught serial killers before they kill again? Why do we need Amber Alerts to find kidnapped children? And where is Osama bin Laden?
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