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Eric D. Carlson
Associate Professor of Physics

Skepticism, Pseudoscience,
and the Scientific Method

Date Reading Assignment Homework Slides
Jan. 23 Randi, Chapter 1
Shermer, Chapter 1
Exercise 1 Introduction
Jan. 25 Shermer, Prologue
They See Dead People . . .
(none) Observations
Jan. 30 (none) Homework 1
rough draft
Hypotheses
Feb. 1 “The Placebo Effect”
“The Mysterious Placebo”
“The Spin Doctors”
Homework 1
final draft
in-class presentations
(none)
Feb. 6 Fake News
from ZSR Library
Homework 2
rough draft
Designing
Experiments
Feb. 8 “Reflections in a
Curved Mirror,”
Randi, Chapter 4
Homework 2
final draft
in-class discussion
(none)
Feb. 13 (none) Summary
Homework 3
Recording
Data
Feb. 15 Choose book for
Book Report
Homework 3
in-class
presentations
(none)
Feb. 20 Handout on Statistics (none) Analyzing
The Data
Feb. 22 Huff, chap. 2,3,4 Homework 4
rough draft
TBA
Feb. 27 TBA Homework 4
final draft
TBA
Mar. 1Huff, chapters 2, 3, and 4(none)TBA
Mar. 13 (none) Homework 5
rough draft
TBA
Mar. 15 Look at 2006 midterm
Test, 6:30-8:30
Olin 101
TBA
Mar. 20 (none) Homework 5
final draft
TBA
Mar. 22 Huff, chapters 1, 8, and 9 notes for
Book Report
(to be returned)
TBA
Mar. 27 (none) Homework 6
data collection
TBA
Mar. 29 (none) Homework 6
rough draft
TBA
Apr. 3 (none) Homework 6
final draft
TBA
Apr. 5 (none) Homework 7
data collection
TBA
Apr. 10 Shermer, chaps. 4, 9, 10
Randi, chapter 13
(none) TBA
Apr. 12 (none) Homework 7
rough draft
TBA
Apr. 17 (none) Homework 7
final draft
TBA
Apr. 19 Shermer, Chapters 3, 13, 14
“That's Entertainment . . .” handout
Book Report
rough draft
TBA
Apr. 24 (none) Homework 8
rough draft
TBA
Apr. 26 (none) Homework 8
final draft
in-class presentations
TBA
May 1 Shermer Chapter ?
Handouts on cults
Book Report
final draft
TBA
May 5Look at 2006 finalFinal Exam, 2:00
Homework Links

They See Dead . . .

“The Doctor’s Plot,”
by James Gleick,

“Abduction by Aliens
or Sleep Paralysis?”
by Susan Blackmore

"Sleep Paralysis"
by Al Cheyne

Other Links

CSICOP

James Randi
Educational Foundation

Skeptical Inquirer magazine

Skeptic Magazine

Skeptic's Dictionary

Urban Legends Home Page

New Information on Autopsy

General Materials

Course Syllabus

Group Assignments
available by request
ecarlson@wfu.edu

Book Report

Handout on Statistics

Midterm '05

Midterm '04

Final '05

Final '04

Homework Assignments

Exercise 1

Homework 1

Homework 2

Homework 3

Homework 4 - Dice Program

Homework 5

Homework 6

Homework 7

Homework 8

Student Reports

Last updated 2/15/2018


for questions or comments, contact ecarlson@wfu.edu
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