For Wednesday, Hume on the design argument / teleological in Cahn. Note: this selection is long and a bit more challenging. Need to read ahead and re-read!
For Friday, we should have a guest speaker from the biology department who will give an overview of evolutionary theory. Here is some of what he's been asked to address:
- Briefly, what's a theory? What's a scientific theory?
- What data, phenomena or observations does the (or a) theory of evolution attempt to explain?
- What are competing theories or hypotheses that attempt to explain this data or phenomena?
- What's the (or a) evolutionary theory? How does it explain?
- Is there anything that evolutionary theory has a difficult time explaining?
- Should we accept evolutionary theory? Why is it better than rivals? How does one decide these things?
- Any comments on confusions and misunderstandings behind the common claim, "Evolution is a theory, not a fact" would be appreciated.