Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Welcome to the Course!

Is anyone reading this thing? Well, you will be! <Yoda>You . . . will be.</Yoda>

This blog is going to be the main communication vehicle for the course. Yes, there's Moodle, but it's not nearly as simple to use. I will use Moodle to post PDF articles, accept assignments, and keep track of your grades. But that site will remain fairly minimalistic.

If you don't already, I recommend using an online RSS aggregator — such as Google Reader — to keep track of the blogs you read (including this one). You do read blogs, right? There are tons of great ones, particularly about science. I've listed a few in the Links/Resources page (see above) and set some current headlines to appear to the right.

I'll distribute paper copies of the syllabus in our first meeting tomorrow, but here's a PDF in the meanwhile. This information will be available on this blog, of course. If you would like to get started with the reading, your first assignment will be to read pp. 1–17 of Steven French's excellent book, Science: Key Concepts in Philosophy. Looking forward to meeting you!

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