Monthly Archives: September 2015

Millenialism and stigmatized knowledge (October 5-9)

This week our reading is chapter 2 in the Barkun text. We will discuss this material on Monday and Wednesday, and then on Friday you make your short thesis statements from your Conspiracy Paper due on Friday at 8:00 a.m. … Continue reading

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Conspiracies! An introduction (September 28 – October 2)

This week we begin the conspiracy theory portion of the course, moving from the Schick and Vaughn text to the one by Michael Barkun (A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America). Note from the start, a clue of … Continue reading

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Facing reality. It is what it is. Or is it? (September 21 & 25)

We’re now in our final chapter of the Schick & Vaughn text: “Relativism, Truth and Reality”. Here’s where your critical thinking skills place you in a particular worldview often called “reality-based“. This position can be contrasted with those who adhere … Continue reading

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A dip into the pool of irrationality (September 14-18)

This week we begin our case studies of the irrational. Our job now is to examine some ideas at the boundary between logic and illogic (or well beyond it) and apply the rules of argumentation we’ve been studying. In this … Continue reading

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It may look like science … (September 7-11)

This week we do the last of our preparatory philosophy for our investigations of irrational and poorly-supported yet popular ideas. Science is our topic: how it is defined and how its boundaries shift over time. The philosophy of science is … Continue reading

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