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- Announcements -
• Extra Credit Option: - Marleen Eijkholt “Pain but No Gain: Pain as a Problematic and Useless Concept? - March 14, 2018. Noon – 1 pm - C102 Patenge Rm, East Fee Hall. Submit a 1 1/2 to 2-page reflection on the talk by March 21.
• Extra Credit Option: Darwin Discovery Day at the MSU Museum. Sunday, Feb. 12th, 1 - 5 pm. Do a circuit of the tables and then find one that looks especially interesting to you. Spend some time talking to one of the graduate students not just about what they are showing on their table, but also how it relates to their research, how they got into doing that research, what question they are investigating, and why it is interesting. Then write up a 1 1/2 to 2-page (double-spaced) "news article/profile" about them and their work.
• Extra Credit Option: Lyman Briggs Darwin Anniversary Lecture "Darwin's Mountain: How Mountaineering Shaped Evolutionary Theory throughout the Nineteenth Century." Michael Reidy (Montana State) Time: Thursday, Feb. 8th, 6:30 pm Location: Holmes Hall C-106. Submit a 1 1/2 to 2-page reflection on the talk.
Room: C-101 Holmes Hall
Time: MW 12:40 am to 2:30 p.m
- Two short essays (3 - 4 pages each) - 10% each
Grade scale: For your final course average, the 100 pt scale will be translated
to grades as follows:
• I do not round up averages that fall below a cut-off, but resolve borderline grades entirely on the basis of optional extra-credit assignments completed before the last class period. You may earn up to two (2) percentage points by such options, which I will announce periodically during the semester. A common extra-credit option is to attend some relevant university guest speaker talk and turn in a reflective paper about it.
• Academic Dishonesty: Your work should always be your own. The penalty for cheating or plagiarism will be a failing grade of 0.0 for the course. You are expected to have read MSU’s policies on academic integrity <www.vps.msu.edu/splife/rule32.htm> and the Briggs honor code.
• Class participation means not only attendance (10%, see below) but regular and active participation in class discussions, exercises, workshops, simulations, etc. (10%). Be prepared to ask and answer questions about the reading and assignments, and to engage in thoughtful, productive reflection upon them together with your classmates. We will regularly break into small discussion groups, and it is important that you have read the material or completed an assigned exercise in advance, and that you contribute your ideas in both small group and whole-class discussions. For full participation credit: student is attentive and engaged in class, actively listening to other speakers (not only the instructor, but also other students without begin distracted by email, messages, internet, etc.), helping keep the group on topic, and often contributing to discussion with insightful comments or questions that demonstrate a careful reading of the assigned texts.
• Attendance is required. Everyone is allowed two unexcused absences (for sickness, interviews, family obligations, car trouble, etc.). Days missed because of a university team commitment or a religious holiday will be excused, but let me know in advance. Two percentage points are deducted for each unexcused absence. If for any reason you do miss a class, you are responsible for getting notes and assignments from a fellow student. Class will start promptly. Please be on time. Arriving late or leaving early counts as a half absence, or more if it causes disruption or inconvenience to your colleagues in class.
• Late Work: Late assignments will be accepted, but will be docked half a grade per day (e.g, from an equivalent of 4.0 to 3.5). If you cannot attend class when an assignment is due, you may submit your work via email before the class’ starting time. (If you have to submit something via email, do not send an attachment, but copy and paste the assignment into the body of the email to me and CC yourself to document timely completion. Turn in a regular copy the next class.
• Writing Studio: Starting in week four, everyone will meet weekly in one of four Writing Studios run by Elijah Simmons (email@example.com) in Holmes Hall 2 West.
I will assign you to one of the fours studios in the first week of class. Writing mentors will not teach course content nor do they grade your work. What they do is help you acquire the competencies necessary to master content and to improve your writing communication skills. In addition to providing you with expert guidance in all aspects of writing, will introduce you to the art of effective peer review.
• Getting addional help: If you are having problems with any aspect of the class, don't wait until the end of the course to do something about it. See me right away. Helping you learn how to learn is what I'm here for.
Welcome to the course!
|Professor Contact Info||
Please don't hesitate to contact me to talk about anything substantive related to class. Face-to-face discussions are always the most effective and enjoyable, so the best options are to drop by my office hours or talk to me after class. Send me an e-mail message to set up an appointment if you can't see me another time. (Whenever you send me e-mail or leave a phone message, be sure to give not just your name, but also indicate what course you are in.) I'm always happy to talk philosophy or to discuss your thoughts about your learning. However, if you were absent from class and need to get assignments, notes or other material you missed, you should get that from someone in your base group.
Frederick Crews, The Random House Handbook (6th ed.) [RHH]
James Watson, The Double Helix. [WDH]
Robert T. Pennock, An Instinct for Truth: Curiosity and the Moral Structure of Science. [selected chapter preprints]
Various online and other readings.
NOTE: This is a tentative reading list. Any changes will be announced in advance. Read the assigned selections before the class period.
|Electronic Devices Policy||
• Electronic devices often distract from rather than contribute to active discussions. They should be turned off and stowed, except for times when we need to refer to assigned on-line materials, or for specific occasions when I ask you to use them for particular exercises or clicker surveys. You may use devices during the class break.
|Study, Paper & Exam Tips||Philosophy courses can sometimes be intimidating for students who are used to standard courses where the task is to learn a bunch of facts. In philosophy, the key task is to learn how to improve one's thinking, so the focus is not so much on the conclusions themselves but rather on the arguments on which conclusions are based. This requires that you study in quite a different way than you might be used to. To help, I have written a short guide that you may find useful. Click here.|
|Academic Integrity||This is sufficiently important that it is worth repeating: Your work should always be your own. I expect that all students understand how to properly document sources; this is not something for which one may plead ignorance. If you are not sure what counts as plagiarism, find out before you turn in an assignment. The penalty for cheating or plagiarism will be a failing grade of 0.0 for the course. I expect you to have read MSU’s policies on academic integrity and the Briggs honor code.|
Here I will include the guidelines that you generated and we agree to govern ourselves by for class discussion.
• The LBC Writing Rubric
I'll put links here that are relevant to what we are discussing. If you come across items that you think would be worth sharing, send me the URL.
• Multitasking & Cognitive Efficiency: Wang, Z. "The 'Myth' of Media Multitasking: Reciprocal Dynamics of Media Multitasking, Personal Needs, and Gratifications." [online]; Ophir, E., Nass, C. & Wagner, A. "Cognitive Control in Media Multitaskers" [online]; Nass short video.
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