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Goal: The goal this week is to use the tools we have assembled, as well as a few others, to explore hypothetical and scientific reasoning as well as pseudoscience.
CO1: Develop a comprehensive vocabulary as it relates to the study of logic
CO5: Cultivate the tools of logic in the analysis of everyday reasoning about causation, scientific reasoning and pseudoscience
Description: Choose one of the 9 statements below and invent at least three hypotheses aimed at explaining what went wrong or at solving the problem. Then, for each hypothesis, describe one or more experiments or inquiries that would confirm or disconfirm the hypothesis.
Someone you have been dating has a birthday coming up, so you call a florist and order flowers for the occasion. Two days later the person is cold and distant.
After settling in a new location you buy some seeds for a flower garden. When the flowers come up, they are stunted and of poor quality.
After paying off the balance of a specific credit card, you go to make a small purchase and the card is declined.
After driving for miles on a dusty road, you park your car near the bank of a river and take a hike through the woods. Soon you become lost. In one direction you see a small stream, and in the other, a trail.
A close friend calls you on the phone and confides a personal secret. That night you write the secret in your journal. A few days later your friend is furious with you because the friend overheard someone at work talking about the secret.
On a rainy evening, you return to your ground-floor apartment and discover that you have been burglarized. You can’t believe it, because you are certain you locked the door when you went out. You share the apartment with a roommate.
You are a philosophy professor at a university, and while reading a set of term papers you discover that two of them are identical. Those two papers are also extremely well written.
You are a manager of a department store, and, although the business has been good lately, your chief accountant informs you that the store is losing money.
After spending a couple of hours writing a paper for a class, you upload a paper to class. You check back in 20 minutes and the similarity report shows 100 % similarity with something that was already posted once before.