Scientific Investigation and Pseudoscience Characteristics Paper

1. Watch a segment from John Oliver Snow on science, and fake science, which is both humorous and insightfu

2. Next, watch a presentation that is typically provided at the end of a field trip on the San Francisco Bay, (although not this semester):

3. View the diagram below on the endless process used in science to test claims and acquire knowledge.

4. Watch How Science Works in Oceanography (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

5. Read: What Is Pseudoscience? from Scientific American

6. Read: 10 Questions To Distinguish Real From Fake Science
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7. Read: Pseudoscience and conspiracy theory are not victimless crimes against science (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Students will compose a one-page essay, double-spaced, approximately 300-350 words.

The essay is only one page-long, double-spaced, so focus on describing the following components :

  • research on the internet or YouTube to find an example of science dealing with the ocean and an example of pseudoscience dealing with the ocean,
  • describe the methods and characteristics of scientific investigation,
  • describe the methods and characteristics of pseudoscience
  • analyze the characteristics of the ocean science example that you found and the pseudoscience example
  • do not plagiarize, instead synthesize, integrate and write essay in your own words
  • Do not exceed word limit to 350 words, essay over 400 words will be penalized
  • Include the links to your examples
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