<div dir="ltr"><div class="gmail_quote"><div dir="ltr"><div><div dir="ltr" class="m_-1348975773458489477gmail_signature" data-smartmail="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div><div dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr"><div style="font-size:small"><span style="background-color:transparent;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Times;font-size:16pt;white-space:pre-wrap;text-align:center">Graduate  student  seminar  (2  credits,  CR/NC),   1st meeting  -­ Thursday  4th October,  12.30  to  1.30    pm  ,  JHN  377 Gerard  Roe  featuring  David  Battisti</span><br></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="gmail_quote"><div dir="ltr"><div class="gmail_quote"><div dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:5pt;text-indent:8.88pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:Times;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">• Why are some problems and hypotheses more likely to lead to enlightenment (or to the reduction in ignorance), while others are more likely to further obscure the truth?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:5pt;text-indent:8.88pt"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:Times;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">• How does one construct a hypothesis that has the intrinsic property of knowability?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:5pt;text-indent:8.88pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:Times;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">• What are the roles of intuition and experience/deduction in formulating a question that is knowable when it is probed using scientific reasoning?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:5pt;text-indent:8.88pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:Times;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">• When do models build knowledge? What types of models are most influential in shaping the way we think? Are they the same models that keep the scientific investigation on the pathway to truth?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:5pt;text-indent:8.88pt"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:Times;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">• How does one avoid “working on a problem that dies with the investigator” (Michelangelgo)?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:5pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:Times;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">This quarter we will run an informal seminar for advanced grad students on the above questions, review classic concepts in the philosophy of science (Popper, Kuhn, etc.), techniques of problem solving, case studies in climate change and Earth Science, and more recent literature discussing (well, arguing about) the underlying meaning behind why we do what we do.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:5pt"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:Times;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">There aren’t any right answers, obviously, but the issues matter.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:5pt"><span style="font-size:14pt;font-family:Times;color:rgb(0,0,0);background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Please  email  us  (<a href="mailto:gerard@ess.washington.edu" target="_blank">gerard@ess.washington.edu</a>,  <a href="mailto:battisti@washington.edu" target="_blank">battisti@washington.edu</a>)  if   interested.  </span></p>

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