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When Science Goes Wrong (Part 2)

When Science Goes Wrong (Part 2)

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KPU Richmond
Wilson School of Design 4900

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Our modern technological society would not be able to function without science and its products, but there are aspects of science that are not well understood. Far from being an infallible source of new information and theories, scientific methods can be misused, misunderstood, and even coopted by those with an ideological agenda, or for financial gain. Those scientific errors that make it to the front pages of newspapers and websites have a way of undermining public confidence in science, when it should do the reverse. Identifying errors leads to new understanding and is a useful way of educating the public about how science actually works.

Note: this is a similar course to the one in fall 2019 with different examples. You don’t have to have taken the first course to take this one.

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Back by popular demand! Peter Robbins has a  .Sc. in geology and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction. He retired in 2016 after teaching biology, mathematics and physics at Kwantlen for 24 years. Along with the sciences, his interests include stage acting, photography, military history, and wine-making.

America/Vancouver When Science Goes Wrong (Part 2) Our modern technological society would not be able to function without science and its products, but there are aspects of science that are not well understood. Far from being an infallible source of new information and theories, scientific methods can be misused, misunderstood, and even coopted by those with an ideological agenda, or for financial gain. Those scientific errors that make it to the front pages of newspapers and websites have a way of undermining public confidence in science, when it should do the reverse. Wilson School of Design 4900 KPU Richmond