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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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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. ...
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3 个视频(共 25 分钟), 7 个阅读材料, 1 个测验
Video3 个视频
1.1 Intro2分钟
1.2 What is Science?14分钟
1.3 Duhem & Kuhn8分钟
Reading7 个阅读材料
Lecture slides10分钟
Recommendation for reading10分钟
Epistemic relativism10分钟
Inductivism and Falsificationism10分钟
Underdetermination10分钟
Philosophers10分钟
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10分钟
Quiz1 个练习
Week 1 Practice Quiz: What is this thing called science? 18分钟

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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? ...
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5 个视频(共 41 分钟), 7 个阅读材料, 1 个测验
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2.2 A Very Brief History of Cosmology part I10分钟
2.2 A Very Brief History of Cosmology part II10分钟
2.3 Cosmology & Scientific Methodology5分钟
2.4 Conclusion5分钟
Reading7 个阅读材料
Lecture slides10分钟
Recommendation for reading10分钟
General overview of modern cosmology10分钟
Unobservability and indistinguishable spacetimes10分钟
Smolin on cosmology, time and laws10分钟
Chris Smeenk10分钟
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10分钟
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Week 2 Quiz: The origins of the universe20分钟

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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? ...
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5 个视频(共 52 分钟), 7 个阅读材料, 1 个测验
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3.2 Dark Matter & Dark Energy part I18分钟
3.2 Dark Matter & Dark Energy part II13分钟
3.3 What prospects for Cosmology?9分钟
3.4 Conclusion3分钟
Reading7 个阅读材料
Lecture Slides10分钟
Find and share news on the frontiers of science!10分钟
Recommendation for reading10分钟
On Kuhn and the rationality of theory choice10分钟
Underdetermination of theory by evidence10分钟
Dark matter and dark energy10分钟
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10分钟
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Week 3 Quiz: Dark matter and dark energy20分钟

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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 个视频(共 51 分钟), 5 个阅读材料, 2 个测验
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4.2 The Anthropic Principle and Cosmology Part I14分钟
4.2 The Anthropic Principle and Cosmology Part II17分钟
Reading5 个阅读材料
Lecture Slides10分钟
Recommendation for reading10分钟
Inflationary cosmology10分钟
Multiverse Cosmology10分钟
Related work by Philosophy staff at the University of Edinburgh10分钟
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Week 4 Quiz: The anthropic principle and multiverse cosmology20分钟
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Philosophy and the Sciences Part 2

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Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences10分钟
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创建者 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.

创建者 KKJun 7th 2018

Nice slides.Lectures are well prepared .Quizzes are relevant to the subject and thoughtfully worded so that even wrong choices also contribute to the knowledge of the study material.

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Professor Michela Massimi

Full Professor
Philosophy

Dr. Suilin Lavelle

Lecturer in Philosophy
University of Edinburgh

Dr David Carmel

Lecturer
Psychology

Dr Mark Sprevak

Senior Lecturer
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Professor Duncan Pritchard

Professor of Philosophy
University of Edinburgh

Professor Andy Clark

School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Professor John Peacock

Professor of Cosmology
Institute for Astronomy

Professor Barbara Webb

School of Informatics

Dr Kenny Smith

School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences

Dr Peggy Series

Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation

Louise Connelly

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University of Edinburgh

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