What is science?|
Where does it come from?
Is it good for humanity?
I went down to that St. James Infirmary
The doctor laughed a great big laugh
That was very very very special news
'Cause ever since that day we've had those
Free and equal blues
The Brain - is wider than the Sky -
The Brain is deeper than the sea -
The Brain is just the weight of God -
|Looking forward to working with you all. I gather you've been having an interesting semester thinking about genetics, development, and evolution. For our week together, let's step back just a bit and ask some more general questions ... about what gives rise to what you've been thinking about, and maybe about thinking itself. |
What exactly is science? What makes it possible to do it? And is it a good thing?
As a way to get us started, put a few of whatever thoughts these questions raise in your mind in the on-line forum area. If the song lyrics and/or poem above help, that's fine. If not, don't worry about them. The idea is to give ourselves (and others) a sense of the diversity of ways we all think about these things. And to have something we (and others) can look back on to see where we've gotten after we've talked together. So don't spend too much time trying to get it "right". The idea isn't to get it right but to have a conversation, to let everybody's stories influence everyone else's and see where we all (and each) get to as a result. Whatever you have to say can be helpful for someone else's thinking, and whatever they have to say for yours, so let's get going and see where we get to.
Notes for two class days