110 Midterm Exam Spring 2019

Midterm Questions, Philosophy 110, Spring 2019

Answer any 10 of the following questions from the films.  Your answers should be about a few sentences to a paragraph long and should fill two pages in total.  Label each answer with the question number (e.g. G1) and begin.  Don’t retype the question.  These are due in class on Monday, March 18, 2019.

Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens

 G1.  What did Galileo say about the earth and sun that got him in trouble with Church authorities?  Why was this a problem?

G2.  What did Galileo say about situations in which scientific observation contradicted the Bible?

What is Evolution?

E1. Explain evolution in your own words.

What is Natural Selection?

N1. Explain natural selection in your own words.

Does the Theory of Evolution Really Matter?

D1. Explain one example showing why the study of evolution matters to science and to the world.

Monkey Trial

M1. On what charge was John Scopes arrested and what was the outcome of the trial?

M2. What is Social Darwinism?

M3. Clarence Darrow did two unusual (and possibly inappropriate) things during the trial.  What were they?

Nova: Intelligent Design on Trial

N1. What is intelligent design?

N2. What, according to Michael Behe, is irreducible complexity?

N3. What, according to scientists, is a theory?

N4. Explain the mousetrap demonstration and how it shows that irreducible complexity is not valid.

N5. What was the outcome of the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial? What did the judge rule?