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Eric D. Carlson
Associate Professor of Physics

Skepticism, Pseudoscience,
and the Scientific Method

Final Exam - Tuesday May 5, 2:00
2005 Final - 2004 Final

Date
Reading Assignment
Homework
Jan. 12
(none)
Jan. 17
Randi, Chapter 1
Shermer, Chapter 1
Homework 1
rough draft
Jan. 19
Shermer, Prologue
They See Dead . . .
Homework 1
final draft
in-class presentations
Jan. 24
"The Placebo Effect"
"The Mysterious Placebo"
"The Spin Doctors"
Homework 2
rough draft
Jan. 26
(none)
Homework 2
final draft
in-class discussion
Jan. 31
"Reflections in a Curved Mirror,”
Randi, Chapter 4
(none)
Feb. 2

(none)

Homework 3
in-class presentations
Feb. 7
(none)
Homework 3
in-class presentations
Feb. 9
(none)
(none)
Feb. 14
Shermer, Chapter 6
"Autopsy or Fraud-topsy?"
1 of four reading packets
Homework 4
rough draft
Feb. 16
Homework 4
final draft
Feb. 21
Huff, chapters 2, 3, and 4
(none)
Feb. 23
(none)
Homework 5
rough draft
Feb. 28
Test, 6:30-8:30
Olin 101
Mar. 2
(none)
Homework 5
final draft
Mar. 14
Huff, chapters 1, 8, and 9
book notes
(to be returned)
Mar. 16
(none)
Homework 6
data collection
Mar. 21
(none)
Homework 6
rough draft
Mar. 23
(none)
Homework 6
final draft
Mar. 28
(none)

Homework 7
data collection

Mar. 30
Shermer, chaps. 4, 9, 10
Randi, chapter 13
(none)
Apr. 4
(none)
Homework 7
rough draft
Apr. 6
(none)
Homework 7
final draft
Apr. 11
Shermer, Chapters 3, 13, 14
"That's Entertainment . . ." handout
Book Report
rough draft
Apr. 18
(none)
Homework 8
rough draft
Apr. 20
(none)

Homework 8
final draft
in-class presentations

Apr. 25
Shermer Chapter ?
Handouts on cults
Book Report
final draft
May 2
Look at 2005 final
Final 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 - Ball Game

Homework 1

Homework 2

Homework 3

Homework 4

Homework 5 - Dice Program

Homework 6

Homework 7

Homework 8

Student Reports

Alien Abductions

Demon-Haunted World

Crop Circles

Nostradamus - history

Nostradamus - The Kennedys

Nostradamus - Hitler



for questions or comments, contact ecarlson@wfu.edu
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