• April 18th, 2016

In ‘In Dialogue with Nature’, does the exploration of nature by various scientists and philosophers lead us to ‘Truth, Goodness and Beauty’? Discuss two of the above qualities.

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This assignment is the term paper for my philosophy course ‘In dialogue with Nature’, which accounts for 60% of the course mark. It is essential to make references to the philosophers and their according theories into this paper.

In addition to the topic above, there are 4 more topics available for us to choose.
1. An American physicist Richard Phillips Feynman once said, “Another of the qualities of science is that it teaches the value of rational thought as well as the importance of freedom of thought”. With reference to the human exploration of nature mentioned in the texts, comment on this quote. Does your major (BA. Marketing) emphasize on these qualities?

2. Thomas Huxley once said, “In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.” Comment on this quote with respect to the human exploration of nature mentioned in the texts of ‘In Dialogue with Nature’. Does this quote apply to your major (BA. Marketing)?

3. In ‘In Dialogue with Nature’, we have roughly sketched the journey of human exploration of Nature and ourselves. Discuss if this journey affirms the superiority or reveals the limitation of humans.

4. Free topic. Please write a term paper which includes the ideas from at least THREE texts in the course. At least TWO texts should be from parts 2 and 3. For those who choose to write on a free topic, it is compulsory for you to submit an outline. (Template can be found in the UGFNTermPaperTemplate attachment)
Content of my text book.
Part I: Human Exploration of Physical Universe
Text1a – Republic / Plato
Text1b – The beginnings of Western Sciences/ David C. Lindberg
Text2 – The Beginnings of Western Science/ David C. Lindberg
Text3a – The Birth of New Physics / I. Bernard Cohen
Text 3b – The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy / Issac Newton

Part II: Human Exploration of the World of Life
Text 4 – On the Origin of Species / Charles Darwin
Text 5 – DNA: The Secret of Life/ James D.Watson
Text 6 – Silent Spring / Rachel Carson

Part III: Our understanding of Human Understanding
Text7 – Science and Method / Henri Poincare
Text8 – In Search of Memory: the Emergence of a New Science of Mind / Eric R.Kandel
Text9 – The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China / Joseph Needham
Text 10a – Why the Scientific Revolution Did Not Take Place in China-or Didn’t It? / Nathan Sivin
Text10b – Brush Talks from Deam Brook / Shen Kua
Text 11a – The Mathematical Universe / William Dunham
Text11b – Elements / Euclid
I can further provide lecture powerpoints referring to the content above in order to make the references more accurate if necessary.
Please find the attached documents in my account for this specific assignment.

1. UGFN1000- writing-grading guideline
2. UGFN-Term paper template

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