Re: "Pandas" evolves into a new edition

From: Freeman, Louise Margaret <>
Date: Wed Nov 09 2005 - 09:34:55 EST

Ted (or anyone else, for that matter),

Just curious... let's say you have one 50-minute class period* to devote
to the basics of "philosophy of science" in a high-school level science
course. Your goal is to get them familiar enough with the terminology and
concepts to be able to address philosophical issues as them come up during
the school year.

A few questions:
1) What would be the most important terms that you would hope they would be
able to define clearly?
2) Do you think it essential that the class be in general agreement as to
what is meant by science?
3) If you were to summarize the "take-home message" of the lecture in a
single sentence, what would it be?
4) Would ID warrent discussion in this introductory level?
5) If so, is it because of the impact it has had in the professional
literature or because of the role it's playing in current politics?

Finally, are your answers any different for a 101-level college course in
introductory science?

PS. Anyone want to take bets on how long it takes Law & Order to do a Dover
trial rip-off story? All they'd need to add is one murdered school board
member (or scientist or teacher or church-going book doner...)

*I picked this time because that seems to be about how much time is devoted
to certain critical concepts in introductory courses: for instance
photosynthesis in biology or Pavlovian conditioning in psychology,
relativity for physics, etc.
Louise M. Freeman, PhD
Psychology Dept
Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, VA 24401
FAX 540-887-7121
Received on Wed Nov 9 09:38:05 2005

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