110 Midterm Exam S18

Midterm Questions, Philosophy 110, Spring 2018

Answer the questions from each film.  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, April 9, 2018.

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?

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?