You are studying Science and have studied Science for at least 5 years now. When you turn up to a Science lesson how do you know it is Science you are studying? What makes it different to other subjects? For our first Journal Club, we will consider what makes Science a Science.
We are not going to look at a Journal (that will be next time), but I would like you all to listen to a Podcast. Before you listen to it please finish reading this blog! The Podcast is from Radio 4’s, ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’ with Brian Cox and Robin Ince. The episode to listen to is Series 8, episode 4, What makes Science a Science?
In order to help you get the most from this and facilitate discussion I have included some suggestions for you to consider and make notes on.
Before you start, write down your opinion on, what makes Science a Science?
- At the very beginning Brian Cox gives us his summary, what is it?
- From the list of subjects given, what do you consider to be science?
- Scientology and Homeopathy are mentioned, find out more about these.
- Each panel member gives us their view. Can you summarise their views and who do you agree / disagree with?
- Is the scientific way of looking at the world superior to other ways?
- What is the difference between objective versus subjective views or opinions?
- Is there one scientific method that can be applied to everything?
- In your opinion, what makes Science a Science? Has it changed?
- Finally the audience is asked, What do you want scientific proof of? – Be original with your own idea
Remember that this is just to aid discussion and frame your thoughts. You can follow all, some or none of this list. The point of this is to stimulate thought and share ideas so PLEASE POST YOUR THOUGHTS BELOW prior to our Journal Club meeting.