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  • Welcome to the foundations of science course at Michigan State University.

  • Throughout this course we will repeatedly compare claims made and in

  • pseudoscientific manners, compared to those that are scientifically based.

  • As this course progresses we will look at such topics as

  • astrology verses astronomy,

  • the loss continent of Atlantis versus plate tectonics,

  • alchemy verses chemistry

  • and the loch ness monster and bigfoot versus ecology and evolution.

  • What we will find is that by following the concepts of matter

  • and those of energy and the different disciplines

  • we can form a framework that will allow you to critically think about the

  • likelihood of these pseudoscientific scientific claims.

  • We're going to start this journey with the field of psychology.

  • Psychology is the study of the human mind and how it functions; there are many

  • different sub-disciplines, for example behavioral neuroscience

  • which looks at the biology behind thinking and feeling. Scientists in this

  • field

  • might investigate the effects of pharmaceuticals on brain function and

  • then behavior.

  • Developmental psychology which looks at how thoughts and feelings change as you

  • grow from a baby

  • through adulthood

  • and into old age and death.

  • For example, how does your ability to learn change as you get older?

  • Social psychology which looks at how individual thoughts and feelings

  • interact within group level dynamics

  • and other sub-disciplines include clinical psychology, personality

  • psychology, industrial-organizational psychology,

  • educational psychology and health psychology.

  • For this module will be looking at a very specific aspect that falls under

  • cognitive psychology;

  • which looks at how people attain,

  • process

  • and store information.

  • We will be focusing our attention on people's ability to observe and reason

  • from their experiences.

  • And for this pseudoscientific comparison

  • we'll be looking at these ideas with the context of which is.

  • This will in turn allow us to see why science in critical thinking are

  • important skills for people to have

  • and will set the stage for a comparison of science and pseudoscience for the rest

  • of the course.

  • So check out the rest of materials in this week's module and let's get started!

Welcome to the foundations of science course at Michigan State University.

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