Witt Chapter Learning Objectives (course objective 2.1)

Witt Chapter  Learning Objectives[i] (course objective 2.1)

  This objective gives you two videos to view.  One is short and simple; the other is much more in depth and is the one you should pay the most attention to.  When you first view the longer of the two you need to reflect on why it is that the history and methods of the physical sciences are relevant in a social science course. The answer is simple.  Science is a method, not a belief system. Scientists put their trust in the outcomes of research; an idea is useful if it survives testing and idea is not useful if it others can’t repeat it with the same results. Science is systematic, each discipline uses the same system to study problems with the result that each discipline can rely on good research from other areas of study to enrich their own research process, in addition to relying on the work of others in their own field.As a side note:  the longer video discusses evolution, sadly this topic has become politicized.  This is an interesting debate, and a puzzling one.  Science can find support for evolution.  If religions choose to reject that evidence that is their right.  The problem scientists have with the objectors to evolution is not that these protestors are wrong, or even that they reject the evidence, it is that the anti-evolutionists break the rules of science then insist that their evidence be factored in with the work of those who follow the pattern that has proven successful.  I think the video explains this objection well.


Define the scientific method.


Pages 21-22    Remember to take notes using the note feature of Angel
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPaGOHwv7mQ&feature=related Short and a little silly 
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzQ1tyCTc04&p=BCDB3D770EFF71C6&playnext=1&index=1 Nine minutes long and excellent; it is best to take notes and view this one twice.
Key Terms  
Define Scientific Method


[i] http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0077290658/student_view0/chapter1/learning_objectives.html

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