MaryBeth M-V Unit 6 Monday Post

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“At one pole, the scientific culture really is a culture, not only in an intellectual but also in an anthropological sense” (9). I had never thought about how people within the sciences view other scientists in a certain light or have inside stereotypes about them even within the broader coalition of the sciences. The humanities are more cohesive it seems.

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“This culture contains a great deal of arguments, usually much more rigorous and almost always at a higher conceptual level than literary persons’ arguments.” (12). How does he define conceptual level? Sciences are more esoteric; does that equate to a higher conceptual level just because humanities are broader and require less special education and structured training to engage in speculation?

Among the top 10 scientific theories, I recognized

  • Heliocentrism
  • Evolution through natural selection
  • Quantum Theory
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Oxygen Theory of Combustion
  • Game Theory

Scientific experiments

  • Mendelian Genetics
  • Marie Curie’s work with radioactivity
  • Pavlov’s Dogs

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