TSSP - The Discovery of
Like all of us, scientists are shaped by the world around them. We will explore how ideas in biology and geology were shaped by social forces, such as religious beliefs, world view, and recognized authorities. The discovery of the prehistoric world, the modern renaissance of the dinosaur, and theories of mass extinction are great examples of how science often reflects theology, philosophy and society. We will conclude with a survey of creationism and intelligent design, which remind us that philosophy can not only shape scientific theory, but replace it as well.
Instructor: Dr. Bruce E. Fleury
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Stern 4030, x8290; 865-5191 (Bio Office, 400 Boggs)
home page: http://www.tulane.edu/~bfleury/
following readings are available online:
Futuyma, D. Hypotheses, Facts, and the Nature of Science
Gould, S.J. Velikovsky in Collision.
National Academy of Sciences. Science, Evolution, and Creationism.
Bowler, P. Evolution: The History of an Idea. University of California Press, 1989.
Desmond, A. The
Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs. Dial Press, 1976.
Glen, W. (ed).
Mass-Extinction Debates: How Science Works In A Crisis. Stanford
University Press, 1994.
S.J. Ever Since
K.M. The Great Dinosaur Controversy. ABC-Clio,
D.M. Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck? Norton, 1991, esp. pp.
D.M. The Nemesis Affair: A
Story of the
Death of Dinosaurs and the Ways of Science. Norton, 1986.
Toulmin, S and J.
Goodfield. The Discovery of Time.
Fleury's Creationism/ID Bibliography
Berkely exhibit on the history of evolutionary thought
Andrews' creationism links and resources
National Academy of Science - Evolution resources from the National Academies
Academy of Sciences. Science,
Evolution, and Creationism (booklet)
The Wedge Document (Intelligent Design's Manifesto)
The Fundamentals. Full text of the essays online
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