Perceptions of Science
in Western Society

Instructor: S. MacDonald

Language and Humanities
Illinois State University

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TABLE OF CONTENTS


SYLLABUS

Topics and Reading and Film Assignments:

Topics will not necessarily be covered in the order presented.
  • Science and Modern Society
    [reading: Sagan, pp.3-39]
  • What is the Scientific Method?
    [reading: Shermer, pp.13-61; Sagan, pp.169-188]
    Video: Cosmos
    Video: The Search for Butch & Sundance
  • Witch Hunts and Trials
    [reading: Shermer, pp.99-113; Sagan, pp.113-134]
    Video: Salem Witch Trials
  • Black Death
    [reading: reading packet]
  • UFOs and Alien Abductions
    [reading: Shermer, pp.88-98; Sagan, pp.61-96; CSICOP, pp.44-69]
  • Shroud of Turin
    [reading: reading packet]
  • Creationism and Evolution
    [reading: Shermer, pp.125-172; Sagan, pp.319-336]
  • Historical Scholarship and the Holocaust Deniers
    [reading: Shermer, pp.173-241; Sagan, pp.151-168]
    Video: Nazi Designers of Death
  • Facilitated Communication
    [reading: reading packet]
    Video: Prisoners of Silence
  • Repressed Memories
    [reading: Sagan, pp.151-168]
    Video: Divided Memories
  • Psychics and Faith Healers
    [reading: Shermer, pp.63-87; Sagan, pp.189-218; CSICOP, pp.70-99]
  • Astrology
    [reading: Sagan, pp.293-306; CSICOP, pp.16-43]
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion
    [reading: CSICOP, pp.110-115]
  • Living in the Center of the Universe
    [reading: reading packet]

REQUIRED READING MATERIAL