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Week 3: What is Science?

Having addressed negotiating grad school and reality, perception and human knowledge, week 3 of my new course, Scientific Inquiry–Theory & Inference,[1] tackles the demarcation problem: what is (non)science?  We might begin with motivating question: What can explain the explosion in … Continue reading

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Week 2: Reality, Perception & Human Knowledge

Week two of my new course, Scientific Inquiry–Theory & Inference,  seeks to provide first year PhD students who want to join the scientific community the basic training they require.[1]  Week one addresses how to succeed in graduate school.  Week two is … Continue reading

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Week 1: How to Succeed in Grad School

As I explain here, this course seeks to provide first year PhD students who want to join the scientific community the basic training they require.[1]  Rather than use the first week of the semester as a chance to “pass out the … Continue reading

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Teaching Theory & Inference (aka “Science”) to 1st Year PhD Students

Most political science PhD programs have a semester course for first year students titled something like “Scope & Methods,” “Political Inquiry,” “Research Design,” “Political Science Research,” or a smattering of other types of monikers.[1]  I am teaching that course here … Continue reading

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