Sept 13 – Environmental Science
What are the disciplinary contributions to the study of the environment?
How does the discipline approach the study of environmental studies?
What does that person ask when approaching environmental issues?
*conflict between how scientists communicate and how politicians communicate when
discussing environmental issues
Develop understanding of what science is and what it is now
An appreciation of the holistic and integrative approach on environmental science
Challenges associated with environmental science
Because there are some facts and numbers that environmental science cannot
attain and provide to politicians (who want numbers)
Appreciation on environmental science as foundational
Many Ways to Approach Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Science uses an explicit way to try to understand the world
Science tries to explain HOW things work…studying ONLY natural causes
Studying only NATURAL phenomena vs. social constructs
What is science?
Doesn't deal with things that don’t have the potential to be observed
Way of knowing
Process of discovery
Essence is CHANGE in ideas – it evolves – we build upon knowledge –in hopes to better
understand how the world works
World is knowable
Inductive reasoning: specific -> general
Change is knowledgeable is inevitable
If generalizations cannot be tested, then now a science statement can never provide
absolute proof! Scientists should never say: I’m absolutely sure climate change is occurring
Design exp(s) to test hypothesis