Thursday, September 18, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Given that it is the beginning of the semester and I am teaching World Prehistory, a relatively speaking “introductory” class on archaeology, I spend some time talking about science, how science works and why scientific understandings of the world have the properties that they do. I generally want students to understand how to distinguish between pseudo-scientific statements (and much of what passes for archaeology) from scientific explanations of the archaeological record. Richard Feynman, of course, has said all of this previously and with a much snappier suit.
Here’s his lecture on the topic of science: