[From Rick Marken (2005.08.23.0830)]
Bill Powers (2005.08.23.0633 MDT)--
Rick Marken (2005.08.22.2105) --
how do you teach, without conflict , the concept of evolution to
students who already _know_ that the biblical Genesis myth explains
the origin of species? How do you teach PCT to students who already
_know_ that thoughts cause behavior?
Perhaps the way is to teach how you do science in general -- that is,
how you find things out about natural processes. ...
I, of course, think that's a great idea!
So the question is, what is your first
hypothesis? Then the scientific process requires that you figure out
ways of testing it. The second question is, how would you test it?
Pure reason is not sufficient; you have to look for evidence, and try
some experiments, make some predictions, and see if they check out.
What do you with the people who have learned to distrust observation? There
are plenty of such people around. Your attempt to teach them that "pure
reason is not sufficient" would be a disturbance met with strong resistance.
Unless you can overcome your inclination to "push back" by trying to
convince these students that pure reason really isn't sufficient, you've got
yourself in a conflict, no?
Indeed, aren't we in a (mild) conflict right now about whether we can teach
Richard S. Marken
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