IDSC 100-01, Fall 2005

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IDSC 100-1

Paradigm Shifts: New Views on Abrupt Climate Change

In this seminar we will explore changing views on the capacity of Earth's global climate to exhibit rapid and unpredictable change. We will closely examine historical climate data, case studies of abrupt change, and climate systems. We will also consider some larger issues concerning the nature of knowledge and belief, with a focus on how scientific communities arrive at "truth" and how people change their minds. This course will be linked to another first-year seminar (IDSC 100-02) on new views on the mind-brain relationship, with shared readings and class periods on contemporary paradigm shifts in science. 6 credits, S/CR/NC, MS, Fall-T. Ferrett




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