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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

GEO 306 - Science, Pseudoscience and Fraud

2015-2016 Catalog Year

A multi-disciplinary course derived in equal parts from understanding natural phenomena in terms of basic science, unmasking the profound nature of scientific principles and applying them to everyday life. The course will focus on uncovering topics that are ‘messy’ and intellectually complex rather than ones that have ‘right answers’ or are contrived ‘cook book’ experiments. Sub-themes in the course will allow students to experience a scientist’s sense of triumph through rational thinking by exposing specious arguments (pseudoscience) and charlatans (frauds), such as Creationism, Dowsing, Pyramid Power, Astrology, and Living Dinosaurs.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or instructor permission.
Offered: Not on a regular basis
credit: 3