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STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Positivism, Logical Positivism, Richard Lewontin

STS 200 Oct 30 2018 Read Hume and Kuhn Why (according to Hume) are the notions of causation and induction not empirical? Are scientific facts independent of scientific theory, according to Kuhn? How does revolutionary scie...

Science, Technology, and Society
STS200
Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Islamic Golden Age, Church Of Divine Science, Techne

STS 200 Oct 4 2018 Premodernity Natural pholisophy is divine science because it is done for its own sake, freeing it from practical application and towards full universality Art (techne) is lesser knowledge because practic...

Science, Technology, and Society
STS200
Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Lynn Townsend White Jr., Technoscience, Nominalism

STS 200 Oct 11 2018 Read Mumford and Smith What is the Doctrine of Progress? What is the State of Nature? Rationalism Disclaims the physical Prioritizes universals Prioritizes deduction (goes from general to specific) Some...

Science, Technology, and Society
STS200
Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Islamic Golden Age, Natural Philosophy, Vishvarupa

STS 200 Oct 9 2018 Read Bacon What value does Bacon see in keeping science and tech separate? What does Bacon hope to gain by unifying science and tech? Premodernity The Medieval West Monastic conservatism and technologica...

Science, Technology, and Society
STS200
Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Technoscience, Utopia, Unobservable

STS 200 Oct 23 2018 Early Modernity Modern technoscience is about getting the power to conquer the cosmos and unlimited and inevitable progress away from the state of nature and towards utopia Mechanistic Worldview Machine...

Science, Technology, and Society
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Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Zheng He, Luddite, Pejorative

STS 200 Oct 25 2018 Early Modernity Baconian Creed Doctrine of Progress Mechanistic Worldview (the force not withstanding) Modernity and its Discontents Zheng He (1371-1435 AD) Technical superiority (Ming) Inwardness o Tra...

Science, Technology, and Society
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Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Technoscience, Rationality, Cannibalism

STS 200 Oct 16 2018 Early Modernity What can we learn about modern technoscience by looking at its provenance? o Baconian Creed. Bacons beliefs continue to influence todays technoscience. Tradition and history are irreleva...

Science, Technology, and Society
STS200
Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Science Advances, Techne

STS 200 Oct 2 2018 Read set 10 for Thursday Which two orders of monk does the author contrast? Which sort of monk thinks that science should have a lower class, technical application? A Brief Intellectual History of Wester...

Science, Technology, and Society
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Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Jared Diamond, The Biologos Foundation, Boustrophedon

STS 200 Sept 27 2018 Read Aristotle for next class Why does the author value productive science (techne) less highly than theoretical science? Prehistory (from last class) Myth not necessarily bad science (Wittgensteins po...

Science, Technology, and Society
STS200
Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Richard Lewontin, Techne, Hearing Aid

STS 200 Sept 18 2018 Read Wittgenstein for Thursday. Scribbles in margin of something else. Are all forms of speech including symbolic attempts at scientific speech? Are all forms of action including magic attempts at tech...

Science, Technology, and Society
STS200
Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Utopia, The Scientists, Technoscience

STS 200 Sept 6 2018 In Forster, for next week, ask: What contemporary inventions, things from everyday life, do you see reflected in the story What sort of critique is at play in the story In Canticle: Monks control tech M...

Science, Technology, and Society
STS200
Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Infinity War, Explanatory Power, Richard Lewontin

STS 200 Sept 20 2018 Read Ortega and Kover (2 sets) for Tuesday How does hunting shape human understanding of the world? How does agriculture shape human understanding of the world? Intro continued What is tech? o STS inqu...

Science, Technology, and Society
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Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Kennedy Space Center, Carl Sagan, Michel Foucault

STS 200 Sept 4 2018 The Usual Story Offer diff perspective one sci and tech in society; alt to what everyone thinks Can agree or disagree but explain Science is supposed to be o Rational, intelligent, smart, the way to thi...

Science, Technology, and Society
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Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture 7: Agricultural Revolution

STS 200 Sept 25 2018 Read Lindberg for Thursday How does his account of oral tradition compare to Wittgensteins account of symbolic behaviour? How does writing shape human understanding of the world? Prehistory continuedre...

Science, Technology, and Society
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Nathan Kowalsky
STS200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Technoscience, Wright Brothers, The Good Life

STS 200 Sept 11 2018 Lewontin for next class: How does the author define science? How does the author problematize science? What is STS? Science Fiction in Literary CriticismCultural Studies E.M. Forsters The Machine Stops...

Science, Technology, and Society
STS200
Nathan Kowalsky
Laboratory Basics - Reference Guides

Lab safety is the cornerstone principle in this compelling Guide. All international safety symbols are clearly defined, with all basic lab glassware and equipment depicted by text description and diagrams. The Guide also p...

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