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Transcript of Science Friction:
Technology, Society, Ecology
Politics, Media, Institutions
Learning to write - and therefore to read and think - like a successful liberal arts college student
A little more work, three times the fun
Helping you make productive choices
Complete assignments on time
Bring materials, including journal
CHECK YOUR EMAIL FREQUENTLY
Who are we becoming, due to technology?
Who are we now?
Writing as tool of thought
What do faculty want?
Break out of 5-para form
Traditional essays in digital age
Arguments in college
Write about reading to move beyond banking
Grammar & style
Style guides (are not the law)
Writing in disciplines
read Orwell: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/orwell46.htm
4 points, pp. 6-7
characteristics on p.9
silence the inner editor
develop a process; note that writing takes time
Silver Ch. 1
"We love to predict things--and we aren't very good at it" 13
"Errors could now be mass-produced" 3
"The idea of controlling one's fate seemed to have become part of the human consciousness by Shakespeare's time--but not yet the competencies to achieve that end" 4
[In the 1970s] "We had begun to use computers to produce models of the world, but it took us some time to recognize how crude and assumption laden they were, and that the precision that computers were capable of was no substitute for predictive accuracy" 7
"The numbers have no way of speaking for themselves. We speak for them" 9
"Lacking a proper theory for how terrorists might behave, we were blind to the data and the attacks were an 'unknown unknown' to us" 10-11
"This need of finding patterns, humans have this more than other animals" 12
"we have to be terribly selective about the information we choose to remember" 12
"we can never make perfectly objective predictions. They will always be tainted by our subjective point of view" 14
"Information is no longer a scarce commodity; we have more of it than we know what to do with. But relatively little of it is useful" 17
Generate a question
Read some more
What has already been written about this subject (that matters)?
State a hypothesis
What do you think is the answer to the question?
How will you investigate your question/test your hypothesis?
What the end product will look like
How you get from here to there, step by step
Elements of a research proposal
It should be non-obvious and plausible.
What type of evidence do you need to gather? From where?
What will prove/disprove it?
State the question clearly, and explain its significance
Why is this stage important?
Some links to explore - various disciplines