Detailed information about the course
Sept 23, Oct 7 & Oct 21
|Lang||Workshop language is English|
|Responsable de l'activité||
Dr. Estella Poloni, University of Geneva
Dr. Mathias Currat, University of Geneva
Dr. Kostas Kampourakis, UNIGE
Evolutionary theory is one of the most debated scientific theories, which has often been criticised on non-scientific grounds. Whereas the evidential basis for evolution is solid, and whereas evolutionary theory is one of the most successful scientific theories, its public understanding and acceptance are in many cases low. All this is due to conceptual obstacles that make evolutionary theory seem counter-intuitive and emotional obstacles that make the theory difficult to accept. Another issue is how people misunderstand the nature of scientific theories, and how science is done. In this course, we will explore all these issues in detail. We begin by a careful consideration of polls about the public acceptance of evolution in order to show that there is more to that than a conflict between science and religion. Then we explore the relation between evolutionary theory and religion, in order to show that they are not necessarily incompatible, as the conflict story suggests. Most importantly, we look at human intuitive thinking about the existence of plan and purpose in nature, and how this is the most important issue to address in science education and communication. Finally, we explore representations of the nature of science, and the expectations that one is reasonable to have from the scientific endeavor. The course concludes with presentation and discussion of essays written by the course participants that would aim to address one or more of the issues discussed in the course, and contribute to a better public understanding of evolution.
At the end of this course the students should be able to:
University of Geneva
No exam. Attendance only. Formative assessment: activity & presentation in each session + homework to upload on moodle; summative assessment: students write a short outreach article on a relevant topic
All sessions must be attended to obtain the certificate of attendance.
University of Geneva, Science II
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|Deadline for registration||22.09.2022|