Please put your responses to this assignment in the body of an email and send that email to LesleyBioHomework@gmail.com with the subject line Scientific Inquiry Assignment by 5pm on Feb. 10th.
1. Listen to the TED Radio Hour segment with Margaret Heffernan.
a. What is or should be the control group in the chicken flock experiment? Explain.
b. Host Guy Raz and TED speaker Margaret Heffernan say that social scientists and business people use this experiment as a way to think about human behavior. Are they using inductive or deductive reasoning to do this? How? Continue reading
Here’s a rundown of the terms covered in class and in your textbook. Remember that the 3 textbook options you have for this class take different approaches and do not cover all the same terms. Use this as the definitive list for terms we’ll focus on in this part of our course. Look up any terms not in the textbook you’ve chosen, or ask your peers about them or request clarification during class discussion.
Dependent and Independent Variables
Control / Control Experiment
Falsifiable Continue reading
To continue our discussion on scientific inquiry, we’ll consider at least one of the following:
And we’ll start considering the nature of life with the mockumentary The Majestic Plastic Bag.
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?
Also, just for fun: where was this photo was taken?
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.
Today in class, we’ll talk about these tasty items as a way to familiarize ourselves with falsifiable hypotheses, the scientific process as well as inductive and deductive reasoning.
“Study: Eating Cheese Can Alter Your Dreams” from All Things Considered.