Book Club: Evidence and the Nature of Science

For our summer 2013 activities we will be considering some short subjects, say 1-4 sessions each, and will experiment with some in-group audio and video presentations.

This is a 30 minute DVD video lecture that is fundamentally about epistemology and objective evidence. We will view and discuss this lecture at the meeting. No meeting preparation is required.

Evidence and the Nature of Science, the fourth from a 48 lecture course titled Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity by Professor David Christian.

Here is the lecture leader: "Why should we trust the claims of science about events in the distant past? This lecture lays some ground rules about evidence for proving scientific claims and describes how new dating techniques have allowed scientist to peer further back into the past than previously thought possible."

This lecture does a very good job of presenting a broad range of epistemological issues in simple, non-technical terms.

The course is produced by The Teaching Company, and just for reference here is a link to the Big History course's home page.

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  • Tom H.

    Are existence and the universe two perspectives on the same thing ? If so, then it really makes no sense to talk about "the beginning of the universe", or "the universe is expanding". Beginnings and expansions take place IN the universe.
    If the universe is only part of existence, then what's the other part ? Is this viewpoint really a way to smuggle in the notion of the supernatural ?

    June 23, 2013

  • Alan M.

    Longstanding engagement tonight. See you the 14th!

    June 16, 2013

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