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SCIE 326 - Unit 1 Notes

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By Xing Li May 23, 2019 - 11:51am

Unit 1

(net time: 103 min)

scientific point of view: Do not believe anything, but question only what is worth questioning

inductive attitude: aims at adapting our beliefs to our experience as efficiently as possible

              three moral qualities: intellectual courage(ready to revise), intellectual honesty(revise if true), wise restraint(not revise without true)

why to understand science:

scientific results are misinterpreted.

scientists are wrongly portrayed.

wrong static view of science and division of science and humanity

Study Questions:

1. science vs religion: experience coherence vs meaning; sensory vs transcendent; public vs private; tentative vs eternal.

2. scientific meaning: whole and part; religious meaning: wider

3. transgenic

4. stock picking

5. health care products, sell religion like Buddhism, (missing 4)

6. writer’s duty: look back on us from future while all things are flowing ~ static view

              no own opinion in group ~ majority view

              social science is failed science ~ division of science and humanity

7. AI will bring revolutionary change

a. learn it; tell kids not to learn something which will be replaced by AI

b. what is human? What’s the destiny of this world?

c. hard to define, until I fully understand intelligence.


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