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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 137 Unity of the Sciences and Ethical Consequences

This course studies the conceptual unity of the physical sciences, giving an overall sketch from the physics of atoms and molecules to biochemistry and into the more speculative realm of the mind. Is there really any underlying unity across this wide spectrum of knowledge? And if so, what would be the consequences for the humanistic aspects of knowledge involving our culture and ethics? This seminar will compare different approaches to this conceptual unity and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.