Topics: Epistemology, Critical thinking, Science Pages: 3 (990 words) Published: February 9, 2013
Lecture Title: The title of the lecture is “Introduction to Core 1: Points of Engagement”

Lecture’s Central Argument: The central argument of the lecture is students must take Core-001 in order to study how individuals and society can make the best choices in preparing for an uncertain future. Although the program places a strong emphasis on writing, critical thinking, and understanding events in their historical and cultural contexts, a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives from arts, humanities, social sciences, life and physical sciences, and engineering will be brought to focus on the course topics.

Lecture’s Supporting Evidence/Examples: The introduction to the seven modules of the course with brief explanations provided appropriate evidence for the possible interaction between perspectives of varied fields of knowledge. For instance, under module three- Origins of Societies and Culture- it was stated that with the help of techniques in life sciences and social sciences, scientists today claim that Government decisions in the past were influenced by astronomy (a science that deals with material universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.) Similarly, module 5 -Individuals and Societies- combines the views of engineering with biological sciences to prove that astronauts who have travelled into space may suffer from cancer. This is because detectors installed on the space crafts have detected high levels of radiation, which may cause genetic/ DNA mutation. As a result, the above examples support the lecture’s central argument since it indicates that any society combines interdisciplinary perspectives to help identify methods to make a fruitful future.

Three questions you have with respect to this lecture:
1.What are quantitative, qualitative and cumulative essays? 2.If a set of perspectives from varied fields are helpful in making a decision, can’t another set of subjects cancel each other’s ideas and bring further complications to a topic? 3....
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