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Physics - Chapter 1 Slides

  1. 1. A Biblical Framework Physics Chapter 1
  2. 2. Science and Pseudoscience <ul><li>False Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phrenology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nuclear fusion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evolution </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Science and Pseudoscience <ul><li>III. What is Science? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A. Definition ultimately depends on your worldview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B. Science – refers to any body of knowledge gained from observing the natural world as well as the activities involved in acquiring scientific knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C. Concise definition impossible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>D. Table 1-1 </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Science and Pseudoscience <ul><li>II. Types of False Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A. Phenomenon – anything that mankind can perceive, whether it is proven to be real or imaginary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B. Prejudice – a personal bias formed without examining the facts of the case or with no knowledge of the issue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C. Pseudoscience – masquerades as science but fails to meet the standards of experimentalism </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Science and Pseudoscience <ul><li>III. What is Science? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A. Definition ultimately depends on your worldview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B. Science – refers to any body of knowledge gained from observing the natural world as well as the activities involved in acquiring scientific knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C. Concise definition impossible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>D. Table 1-1 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Science and Pseudoscience <ul><li>New theories are tested against previously acquired facts </li></ul><ul><li>Theories are falsifiable – no principle is safe from being proven false by new information </li></ul><ul><li>That which is studied must be observable, either directly or indirectly, and can be measured or described </li></ul><ul><li>Concepts can be expressed as mathematical relationships </li></ul><ul><li>A phenomenon can be properly studied only if it can be repeatedly observed in some way </li></ul><ul><li>The facts are analyzed and theories are made objectively </li></ul><ul><li>Reports are not published until they have been reviewed by other workers trained and familiar with the research </li></ul>Table 1-1: Characteristics of Science
  7. 7. Science and Pseudoscience <ul><li>IV. Objectivity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A. Definition: impartiality; completely separate from one's biases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B. Also means people are not influenced by a prior knowledge or prejudices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C. Personal bias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>D. Paradigm – one's underlying worldview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E. One's worldview depends on what he believes is God, has god-like properties, or is divine </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Science and Pseudoscience <ul><li>V. Comparing Worldviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A. 2 prominent paradigms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1. The Materialist worldview </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2. The Biblical worldview </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B. Origins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1. Materialist presupposition: everything arose from inert matter through naturalistic processes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2. Materialists reject intelligent design </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3. Biblicism affirms a Creator-God who reveals Himself </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4. YEC believe the universe was spoken into existence in a literal six days </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Science and Pseudoscience <ul><li>V. Comparing Worldviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>C. Mankind and Morality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1. Materialist – mankind an accidental product of evolution and not responsible to anyone higher </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2. Materialist – language, love, intellect, philosophy, and religion come from survival of the fittest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3. Biblicist – man created in God's image (Imago Dei) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4. Biblicist – man fell in sin, suffers curse of death </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5. Biblicist – believes that man is morally responsible to God </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. True Science <ul><li>VI. True Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A. Defined by the ultimate purpose for which the knowledge is gained and the use to which it is put </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B. Romans 1:21-22 </li></ul></ul>

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