Honors | Scientific Reasoning (HON)
H205 | 15165 | Noretta Koertge


TuTh 9:30-10:45am
HU 108

Modern science is very successful in describing and explaining
natural phenomena. Is there something special about the way
scientists solve problems? In this course we will look at patterns
of deductive and inductive reasoning that figure prominently in
science and analyze the roles of theoretical, empirical and ethical
considerations. There will be lots of illustrations of scientific
reasoning using contemporary controversies and classic case studies
from the history of science. We also ask how some of these methods
might be applied in ordinary life situations. Finally, we contrast
scientific reasoning with belief formation in so-called
pseudosciences.