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Lecture 23 - The Logic of Science

Lecture 23 - The Logic of Science

This video was recorded at EEB 122 - Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior. While there are many differences between modern science and philosophy, there are still a number of lessons in modes of thought that scientists can take from philosophy. Scientists' ideas about the nature of science have evolved over time, leading to new ideas about falsifiability, creativity, revolutions, and the boundaries and limits of what can be accomplished by different types of science. Reading assignment: Platt, John R. "Strong Inference." In Science, New Series, Vol. 146, No. 3642 (Oct. 16, 1964), pp. 347-353 Raup, David C. and Thomas C. Chamberlin. "The Method of Multiple Working Hypotheses." In The Journal of Geology, Vol. 103, No. 3 (May, 1995), pp. 349-354


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Michael Plotkin
Michael Plotkin (Faculty)
2 years ago

brilliant lecture. Great stuff for scientists to consider. 

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