University of Canterbury

Science: Good, Bad, Bogus


Iowa State Course Substitution

Introduction to Logic and Scientific Reasoning

PHIL 206

Course Info
International Credits:
Converted Credits:
New Zealand
Course Description:
University of Canterbury Information: Course Description: This course is a critical thinker's toolkit. It will teach you 20 principles you can use to tell science from pseudo-science, truth from falsehood, logic from rhetoric, sound reasoning from wishful thinking, effective medicine from quackery, and good evidence from lies, fraud and fakery. The critical thinking skills you learn in this course will be vital if you go on to do more philosophy. They are also readily applicable to other disciplines, and should help you steer clear of scam-artists, charlatans, confidence-tricksters and get-rich-quick-schemes in the world outside of academia. Topics covered include the fallibility of the senses, the fallibility of memory, the placebo effect, the tricks of the cold reader’s trade, confirmation bias, the Barnum effect, relativism, mind viruses, the basics of logic, formal and informal fallacies, and the scientific evaluation of competing hypotheses. Link to website: ence=17S1(C)&year=2017 Learning Outcomes: In this course you will learn: • An ability to apply twenty key principles for good critical thinking. • The ability to recognise common patterns of sound and fallacious reasoning. • An understanding of the essential elements of the scientific method, and of common sources of erroneous belief. • The acquisition of thinking and writing skills with wide academic and vocational applicability


Evaluation Date:
October 23, 2017