DATE | TOPIC | READING, QUIZZES AND HOMEWORK | |
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Jan 18 W Lecture # 1 | Introduction; [SLIDES (printable)] | Start reading Sagan | |

20 F Lecture # 2 | The Scientific Method; [SLIDES (printable)]; Continue reading Sagan | Survey due in class | |

23 M Lecture # 3 | The Scientific Method continued; Magic; [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on preface, chapters 1 and 2 of Sagan | |

25 W Lecture # 4 | Induction and Deduction; [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapters 3 and 4 of Sagan | |

27 F Lecture # 5 | DNA, Art Fraud, Shroud of Turin; [SLIDES (printable)] | Homework #1 due by 11:00am | |

30 M Lecture # 6 | Shroud of Turin; [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapters 5 and 6 of Sagan | |

Feb 1 W Lecture # 7 | Observation and Perception; [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapters 7 and 8 of Sagan | |

3 F Lecture # 8 | UFOs and Roswell; [SLIDES (printable)] | Homework #2 due by 11:00am | |

6 M Lecture # 9 | Guest Lecture: Pat Van Zandt, Central University Libraries; ;Quiz on chapters 9 and 10 of Sagan | ||

8 W Lecture #10 | UFOs and Roswell continued; [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapters 11 and 12 of Sagan | |

10 F Lecture #11 | Bermuda Triangle; [SLIDES (printable)] | Midterm paper's title, abstract, outline, and sources due by 11:00am | |

13 M Lecture #12 | What is Evidence?; [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on preface, chapters 1 and 2 of Browne & Keeley | |

15 W Lecture #13 | Eyewitness Testimony; [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapters 3 and 4 of Browne & Keeley | |

17 F Lecture #14 | Eyewitness Testimony continued; [SLIDES (printable)] | 3-page Book review #1 due by 11:00am | |

20 M Lecture #15 | Eyewitness Testimony continued [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapters 5 and 6 of Browne & Keeley | |

22 W Lecture #16 | Astrology [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapter 7 of Browne & Keeley | |

24 F Lecture #17 | Astrology (Part 2) [SLIDES (printable)] | Homework #3 due by 11:00am | |

27 M Lecture #18 | Psychics (Part 1) | Quiz on chapter 8 of Browne & Keeley | |

29 W Lecture #19 | Psychics (Part 2) and Cold Reading/Speaking to the Dead (Part 1) [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapter 9 of Browne & Keeley | |

Mar 2 F Lecture #20 | Psychics (Part 3) and Cold Reading/Speaking to the Dead (Part 2) | Homework #4 due by 11:00am | |

5 M Lecture #21 | Experiment Design [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapter 10 of Browne & Keeley | |

7 W Lecture #22 | Experiment Design [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapter 11 of Browne & Keeley | |

9 F Lecture #23 | Demonstrations of famous speakers to the dead | Midterm paper due by 11:00am | |

12 M SPRING BREAK | |||

14 W SPRING BREAK | |||

16 F SPRING BREAK | |||

19 M Lecture #24 | Probability [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapter 12 of Browne & Keeley | |

21 W Lecture #25 | Probability [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on They See Dead People, Or Do They? | |

23 F Lecture #26 | How to Lie with Statistics [SLIDES (printable)] | Homework #5 due by 11:00am | |

26 M Lecture #27 | Propaganda | Quiz on chapter 13 of Browne & Keeley | |

28 W Lecture #28 | Propaganda | Quiz on chapter 14 of Browne & Keeley | |

30 F Lecture #29 | Propaganda | Final paper's title, abstract, outline, and sources due by 11:00am | |

Apr 2 M Lecture #30 | Modern Scams [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapters 13 and 14 of Sagan | |

4 W Lecture #31 | Modern Scams [SLIDES (printable)] | 3-page book review #2 due by 11:00am | |

6 F UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY | |||

9 M Lecture #32 | Hoaxes (PART 1); | Quiz on chapters 15 and 16 of Sagan | |

11 W Lecture #33 | Hoaxes (PART 2) [SLIDES (printable)] and Preparatory Lecture Ahead of Friday Guest Lecture on Intelligent Design/Creationism; | Quiz on foreword through chapter 2 of Schick and Vaughn | |

13 F Lecture #34 | Intelligent Design is not Science - Guest lecture by Professor John Wise (SMU Biology) | Quiz on chapter 3 of Schick and Vaughn | |

16 M Lecture #35 | Intelligent Design/Creationism Continued - Guest Lecture by Prof. Randy Scalise (SMU Physics) | Quiz on chapter 4 of Schick and Vaughn | |

18 W Lecture #36 | Intelligent Design/Creationism and Science Education - Guest Lecture by Professor Ron Wetherington (SMU Anthropology) | Quiz on chapter 5 of Schick and Vaughn | |

20 F Lecture #37 | The Earth is Flat - Guest Lecture by Professor Fred Olness (SMU Physics) | Midterm rewrites due by 11:00am | |

23 M Lecture #38 | Dr. Snow and Cholera; Barry Marshall and Ulcers; | Quiz on chapter 6 of Schick and Vaughn | |

25 W Lecture #39 | Radiation MADNESS! [SLIDES (printable)] | Quiz on chapter 7 of Schick and Vaughn | |

27 F Lecture #40 | 2012 - Guest Lecture by Mr. Farley Ferrante | Final paper due by 11:00am | |

30 M Lecture #41 | Homeopathy and any other fake medicine we can fit in. [SLIDES (printable)] | Homework #6 due by 11:00am | |

May 1 T Lecture #42 | (Some of) The World's Wackiest Hoaxes ; Follows a Friday class schedule | Quiz on chapter 8 of Schick and Vaughn | |

4 F Final Examination | 08:00-11:00am in 153 Fondren Science |