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2021-2022 Catalog

FYS 175 Science or Pseudoscience?

Many of today's important issues have a scientific component. From global warming to personal nutrition and health, and everywhere in between, scientific-sounding claims are made to bolster arguments and persuade readers and consumers. How can we sensibly distinguish genuine science from pseudoscience? In this course, we will examine what distinguishes science from pseudoscience, and why it matters. Students will observe claims, in advertising and the news, investigate them, and report on their findings.