FT 010-L Confronting the Mysterious
Professor Dennis Krause, Department of Physics, 9:45 TTh
Every day we encounter claims of extra-scientific phenomena, such as ghosts, ESP, UFOs, astrology, faith healing, dowsing, etc. Are they real? Should someone invest money in cold fusion research or a device that liberates energy from the vacuum? Can one travel faster-than-light or backward in time? Can we really trust the way we perceive the world? How does one go about answering these types of questions? This tutorial will investigate the scientific methods used to access evidence for phenomena that extend beyond the present boundaries of science. Readings and videos will explore a wide range of extraordinary claims and the works of people, like James “the Amazing” Randi, who investigate them.