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1Lecture & Discussion Schedule for Honors Biology 159 Fall Quarter1) Sept 23 R Lecture: What is science?Discussion #1: IntroductionAssignment for the next discussion is to write a one page essay on the question: "Whatshould you take away from a ten week introductory science course?"2) Sept 28 T Lecture: The Epistemic Values of ScienceDiscussion #2: The Purpose of Introductory Science CoursesReading assignment for next discussion: essays "The Medieval Worldview andAugustine the Bishop of Hippo", "Life in Medieval Europe", "Scholasticism", and"Science and the Reformation"3) Sept 30 R Lecture: The Origin of Modern Science, and Science as a ProfessionDiscussion #3: Must we reject the word of authority in order to do science?Reading assignment for next discussion: excerpt from Sagan's "The Demon-HauntedWorld"4) Oct 5 T Lecture: The Conceptual Framework of ScienceDiscussion #4: How can scientists be competitors and cooperators at the same time?Reading assignment for next discussion: Williams Chapters 1 & 25) Oct 7 R Lecture: Darwin's Five TheoriesDiscussion #5: Williams on Paley’s "Argument from Design"Reading assignment for next discussion: Williams Chapters 3 & 46) Oct 12 T Lecture: Common Descent, Gradualism, and SpeciationDiscussion #6: What is "genetic success"?Reading assignment for next discussion: Williams Chapters 5 & 67) Oct 14 R Lecture: Darwin's Revolution In ThoughtDiscussion #7: Williams on Sexual ReproductionReading assignment for next discussion: Williams Chapters 7 & 88) Oct 19 T Lecture: BiochemistryDiscussion #8: Williams on Growing Old and DeathReading assignment for next discussion: Williams Chapter 99) Oct 21 R Lecture: Molecular GeneticsDiscussion #9: From the reading assignment what are some of the moral implications ofscientific knowledge?Reading assignment for next discussion: Knoll Prologue & Chapter 110) Oct 26 T Lecture: Cellular ReproductionDiscussion #10: Why should we study the history of life?Reading assignment for next discussion: Knoll Chapters 2 & 311) Oct 28 R Lecture: Geologic Time & The Origin of our Solar SystemDiscussion #11: What is our relationship to "germs" both genetically andenvironmentally?Reading assignment for next discussion: Knoll Chapters 4 & 512) Nov 2 T Lecture: The Origin of LifeDiscussion #12: What are the implications of life's early history?Reading assignment for next discussion: Knoll Chapters 6 & 713) Nov 4 R Lecture: Photosynthesis & Aerobic RespirationDiscussion #13: How does the air we breathe reflect the history of life even down torecent events?Reading assignment for next discussion: Knoll Chapters 8 & 914) Nov 9 T Lecture: Eukaryotes, Sexual Reproduction, and MulticellularityDiscussion: How can we define species "kinship"?Reading assignment for next discussion: Knoll Chapters 10, & 11, (Chapters 12, 13 &the Epilogue are optional)15) Nov 16 T Lecture: Adaptive Radiations & Mass ExtinctionsDiscussion: Form and function in animal life—how do we explain the way we are?Reading assignment for next discussion: Olson Introduction, and Chapters 1, & 216) Nov 18 R Paleozoic & Mesozoic Vertebrate EvolutionDiscussion: Who are we?Reading assignment for next discussion: Olson Chapters 3, 4, & 5 (Chapter 6 is optional)17) Nov 23 T Lecture: Hominin EvolutionDiscussion: Genetics as HistoryReading assignment for next discussion: Olson Chapters 7, &11 (Chapter 8 is optional)18) Nov 30 T Lecture: The Evolution of Modern HumansDiscussion: The History of Humanities Impact on the Natural WorldReading assignment for next discussion: Olson Chapters 9, 10, & 13 (Chapter 12 isoptional)19) Dec 2 R Lecture: Biology and SocietyDiscussion: Is “race” a scientific concept?20) Dec 9 R Final Test 8:00-10:00


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