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Science Wars
What Scientists Know and How They Know It
Lectures by Professor Steven L. Goldman

Science Wars (2006) - 24 lectures, 12 hours
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Choose one: (A) Science gives us objective knowledge of an independently existing reality. (B) Scientific knowledge is always provisional and tells us nothing that is universal, necessary, or certain about the world. Welcome to the science wars - a long-running battle over the status of scientific knowledge that began in ancient Greece, raged furiously among scientists, social scientists, and humanists during the 1990s, and has re-emerged in today's conflict between science and religion over issues such as evolution.

Professor Steven L. Goldman, whose Teaching Company course on Science in the 20th Century was praised by customers as "a scholarly achievement of the highest order" and "excellent in every way," leads you on a quest for the nature of scientific reasoning in this intellectually pathbreaking lecture series, Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It.

Those who have taken Professor Goldman's previous course, which is an intensive survey of the revolution in scientific knowledge from 1900 to 2000, may have wondered: if what counts as scientific knowledge can transform so dramatically within only 100 years, what exactly is scientific knowledge? Science Wars addresses this surprisingly difficult question.

Professor Steven L. Goldman is Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Lehigh University, where he has taught for almost 30 years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at Polytechnic University of New York and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University. Professor Goldman received Lehigh's Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. He has authored or edited eight books and many scholarly articles and reviews.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: Knowledge and Truth Are Age-Old Problems 13: Scientific Truth in the Early 20th Century
2: Competing Visions of the Scientific Method 14: Two New Theories of Scientific Knowledge
3: Galileo, the Catholic Church, and Truth 15: Einstein and Bohr Redefine Reality
4: Isaac Newton's Theory of the Universe 16: Truth, Ideology, and Thought Collectives
5: Science vs. Philosophy in the 17th Century 17: Kuhn's Revolutionary Image of Science
6: Locke, Hume, and the Path to Skepticism 18: Challenging Mainstream Science from Within
7: Kant Restores Certainty 19: Objectivity Under Attack
8: Science, Society, and the Age of Reason 20: Scientific Knowledge as Social Construct
9: Science Comes of Age in the 19th Century 21: New Definitions of Objectivity
10: Theories Need Not Explain 22: Science Wars of the Late 20th Century
11: Knowledge as a Product of the Active Mind 23: Intelligent Design and the Scope of Science
12: Trading Reality for Experience 24: Truth, History, and Citizenship


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Science Wars
What Scientists Know and How They Know It
Lectures by Professor Steven L. Goldman

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Science Wars for showing us
what scientists know and how they know it.