FYS-141 But Is It Crazy Enough

Instructor: Director of Instructional Technology Eric Remy
Department: Instructional Technology

Course Description:
We all agree that your theory is crazy. But is it crazy enough? --Niels Bohr Everybody knows that the Earth goes around the Sun and that the Loch Ness monster isn't real. But how do we know? How sure are we? In this course we'll look at a variety of controversial topics ranging from global climate change to homeopathic medicine to the existence of ghosts, as well as the enduring controversy over the Earth orbiting the Sun- enduring, that is, in the early 1600s. We'll discuss how the scientific method works, how we can use it to figure out what's happening and what are the limits of what we can know so that we can figure out what we can accept as true and what we have to reject as truly crazy.