Here’s The Change Book‘s take on inductive and deductive reasoning. What do you think? Do you agree with their explanation here? How about the way the diagram is drawn?
To prepare for class on Monday, listen to “Sixth-Grader’s Science Project Catches Ecologists’ Attention” from All Things Considered and determine the following:
- What is the hypothesis? Is it falsifiable? How is it being tested?
- What are the independent and dependent variables in the experiment?
- What are or should be the controls?
- What property or properties of life are involved?
Also, read chapter 1 of the textbook you’ve chosen for the semester, and come in with any questions you have on that material.
During class today, we discussed falsifiability as the criterion for hypotheses and theories to be considered scientific. Does that mean String Theory isn’t a scientific theory? Well, yes and no… it depends on whether falsifiability is the only way to deem a theory scientific or not. Quanta Magazine has a great article on another way to think about scientific theories.
Here’s the video we watched in our first class to get a sense of the various scales of phenomena in our world and where biology resides among those scales.
Your first assignment has a few parts, generally related to course materials:
- Read the syllabus; there will be a quiz on Wednesday.
- Determine how you will obtain The Bee: A Natural History. You’ll need this by about the third week of class.
- Also, determine which of the 3 options for required textbook you will use for the course; you may of course use more than one. Obtain it. Start reading chapter 1.
- Optional: If you want to get a head start on the semester, look for a biology-related talk that you can attend.
Welcome to the blog we’ll be using for CBIOL 1101: Biology 1 with Lab for the spring 2016! Here, information regarding class prep, assignments and more will be posted regularly.