Об этом курсе
What is the origin of our universe? What are dark matter and dark energy? This is the first part of the course 'Philosophy and the Sciences', dedicated to Philosophy of the Physical Sciences. Scientific research across the physical sciences has raised pressing questions for philosophers. The goal of this course is to introduce you to some of the main areas and topics at the key juncture between philosophy and the physical sciences. Each week we will introduce you to some of these important questions at the forefront of scientific research. We will explain the science behind each topic in a simple, non-technical way, while also addressing the philosophical and conceptual questions arising from it. We’ll consider questions about the origin and evolution of our universe, the nature of dark energy and dark matter and the role of anthropic reasoning in the explanation of our universe. Learning Objectives Gain a fairly well-rounded view on selected areas and topics at the intersection of philosophy and the sciences Understand some key questions, and conceptual problems arising in the natural sciences. Develop critical skills to evaluate and assess these problems. Suggested Reading To accompany 'Philosophy and the Sciences', we are pleased to announce a tie-in book from Routledge entitled 'Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone'. This course companion to the 'Philosophy and the Sciences' course was written by the Edinburgh Philosophy and the Sciences team expressly with the needs of MOOC students in mind. 'Philosophy and the Sciences for Everyone' contains clear and user-friendly chapters, chapter summaries, glossary, study questions, suggestions for further reading and guides to online resources. Please note, this companion book is optional - all the resources needed to complete the course are available freely and listed on the course site.
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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What is this thing called science? (Michela Massimi and Duncan Pritchard)

Introduction to philosophy of science: the nature of scientific knowledge, the debates about the scientific method and the problem of underdetermination. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 25 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
1.2 What is Science?14m
1.3 Duhem & Kuhn8m
Reading7 readings
Lecture slides10m
Recommendation for reading10m
Epistemic relativism10m
Inductivism and Falsificationism10m
Underdetermination10m
Philosophers10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 1 Practice Quiz: What is this thing called science? 18m

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Week 2: The origins of our universe (Michela Massimi and John Peacock)

How did our universe form and evolve? Was there really a Big Bang, and what came before it? ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 41 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
2.2 A Very Brief History of Cosmology part I10m
2.2 A Very Brief History of Cosmology part II10m
2.3 Cosmology & Scientific Methodology5m
2.4 Conclusion5m
Reading7 readings
Lecture slides10m
Recommendation for reading10m
General overview of modern cosmology10m
Unobservability and indistinguishable spacetimes10m
Smolin on cosmology, time and laws10m
Chris Smeenk10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 2 Quiz: The origins of the universe20m

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Week 3: Dark Matter and Dark Energy (Michela Massimi and John Peacock)

According to the currently accepted model in cosmology, our universe is made up of 5% of ordinary matter, 25% cold dark matter, and 70% dark energy. But what kind of entities are dark matter and dark energy? ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 52 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
3.2 Dark Matter & Dark Energy part I18m
3.2 Dark Matter & Dark Energy part II13m
3.3 What prospects for Cosmology?9m
3.4 Conclusion3m
Reading7 readings
Lecture Slides10m
Find and share news on the frontiers of science!10m
Recommendation for reading10m
On Kuhn and the rationality of theory choice10m
Underdetermination of theory by evidence10m
Dark matter and dark energy10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 3 Quiz: Dark matter and dark energy20m

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Week 4: The anthropic principle and multiverse cosmology (Alasdair Richmond and John Peacock)

Anthropic reasoning attempts to understand peculiarities of the physical universe via context-sensitive observers in a multiverse of different distinct universes. What are the problems and prospects of this view?...
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3 videos (Total 51 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
4.2 The Anthropic Principle and Cosmology Part I14m
4.2 The Anthropic Principle and Cosmology Part II17m
Reading5 readings
Lecture Slides10m
Recommendation for reading10m
Inflationary cosmology10m
Multiverse Cosmology10m
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 4 Quiz: The anthropic principle and multiverse cosmology20m
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Philosophy and the Sciences Part 2

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Reading1 readings
Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences10m
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Top Reviews

By RRJan 29th 2017

Un curso muy completo y fácil de digerir sobre la cosmología y el principio antrópico, muy recomendable para la comprensión que se tiene sobre el universo actualmente y la razón de nuestra existencia.

By DLNov 27th 2017

Many of the mathematical elements were beyond me, but the instructors presented the material in such a way that it really demonstrated the art of philosophical thinking about the field of science.

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