Test – there is no text for this course. Many of the texts are too low a level or too high a level.
We will have readings from current literature and I will put them on the intranet. You can
download them as PDF’s. You will be responsible for those as well as the lecture material.
Lectures – they will not be put on the internet but I will try to put the PowerPoint notes so you
can consult with them. In other words…take notes. I hope you think about this and challenge
me when you can.
E-mail – they are a black hole from a Professor’s standpoint. This morning I had 20 e-mails and
I happen to have another life so I am busy. If you have a question please ask me. If you e-mail
me and I find it trivial I will not respond.
Tutorials – I won’t have one every week and there won’t be one this week. I will put a very
good article from News Week for this week. It is entitled “global Warming, the Hoax” and it
tells what is happening over the last 30 years. It talks about the Petroleum industry. It is very
good and incisive. It will talk about the many changes that are required by us. Large companies
say it isn’t going to happen but in my life the first thing that came to light was DDT which was a
pesticide. It accumulates and has bad effects on wildlife. The next problem is the autobiography
by Everett Koop and it is an interesting illustration of how power works. He was the Surgeon
General under Ronald Regan. The first issue was the effects of smoking. One billion people
will die this century because of cigarette smoke. Why do we allow this? My father had
Emphysema because he started smoking at 10. One of the first researches that published after
WWII said that smoking doesn’t hurt and most men smoked then. There is a lot of pressure
brought on and he said that it was a bad drug that would kill people. Congress said they don’t
care about how many die that people in their riding need smoking because it gives them money.
They are saying that they don’t care that smoking kills, the riding needs the money. He is really
saying that his job depends on that. The tobacco industry has brought enormous energy on and
throws stones at the evidence and creates doubt. Many of the population in the U.S. don’t
believe that we are in trouble. The other problem is the newspapers. They don’t do a good job
they are there to entertain not to stimulate your critical thinking. Look at TV; they are there for
sex, crime, etc. The cigarette industry has many judgments against them and the biggest one we
$235 million dollars. They raised the price of cigarettes by .45 cents to cover this. Now we are
on a direct line, we have to keep cigarettes to pay the bill. So there is a parallel to global
warming. Be careful even things that I say may be wrong. I don’t know all the answers because
it is an evolving field.
Tutorials – next week there will be one. They will be 1 – 4 on Thursdays.
Reading – I will have at least one reading for you. The material will discuss things.
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