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Table of Contents Unit Page I GOALS of this course A INCREASE AWARENESS INTEREST IN SOLAR SYSTEM AND UNIVERSE B INCREA SE YOUR SCIENTIFIC L ITERACY C COSMIC PERSPECTIVE D CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR PERSONAL GROW TH Page Page Page Page Page 03 03 03 03 04 II A Pers onal Sta tement o n the Teac hing A my expertise B lacks in American science education C the question D back ground unde rstanding Page Page Page Page Page 05 05 05 05 06 III U S Scientific Illiteracy Page 07 A CULTURAL LITERACY Page 07 B SURVE YS Page 08 IV Science a Learning Process A DEFINITION B A pragmatic pursuit C FACTS D THEORIES E THE HEART OF SCIENCE F THE SCIENTIFIC ATTITUDE G On the Supernatural and the Nature of H Science as it relates to other areas Miracles Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page 09 09 09 09 09 10 11 13 15 V Critical Thinking CT Skills A Skil lful respo nsible think ing that faci litates g ood judg ement B CT is not black white C EIGHT ASPECTS OF THINKING C RITICALLY D Scholarship E The Positive Personal and Societal Impact of encouraging CT F Reflection Page 17 Page 17 Page 17 Page 18 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 VI Pseudoscience superstition anti intellectualism A DEFINITION OF PSEUDOSCIENCE B Hallmarks of Pseudoscience C Contrasts with Science D Some astronomically related examples brief personal remarks Page Page Page Page Page 21 21 21 21 23 VII The Popularity of Pseudoscience A How Superstition Won and Science Lost B Weakness of television s science coverage C Publishing industry criticized D Examples of pseudoscience E Surve y results F Willful rejection by individuals of medical science Page Page Page Page Page Page Page 24 24 24 24 24 24 25 VIII Dangers of Pseudoscience A The First Danger B The Second Danger C The Third Danger Page Page Page Page 25 25 26 28 IX Non psychological Reasons for the Acceptance of Pseudoscience A POST HOC ERGO PROPTER HOC FALLACY B IGNORANCE OF PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE C MISINFORMATION D INNUM ERACY Page Page Page Page Page 29 29 30 30 30 X



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