What is it that distinguishes science from irrational opinion and superstition? Is science really a way to knowledge? The only way? What is a scientific theory, and how does science manage to explain things? What is superstition, and why have people found it so attractive? And where do so-called pseudoscientific ideas like creationism and astrology fit into our understanding of reality? Uses historical and current examples to illuminate the nature of science and superstition and attempts to find philosophical principles that can guide us in evaluating controversial beliefs. Prerequisite(s): Junior status. (INCO)
*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.