Yes, you read it correctly. During the next weeks, here at Fugal Science we will be exploring the science behind the spidery sense of Spiderman, the flying powers of Superman and Wonder Woman’s invisible jet.
In this “heroic” assignment, we will be using the old and faithful scientific method as our exploration tool; so, we will not explore super powers as a metaphor for the Law of Attraction, nor will we be journaling about comics and Comic-Con – as I know many of you were hoping for.
No, we will be dealing with pure science, my friends; the most entertaining kind.
Anything is a matter of exploration and this entertaining case-study will allow us – I hope – to develop appreciation for the scientific method and learn the basic skills we need to become scientific critics.
Have you ever heard a scientific expert on the TV and wonder if you were exposed to real scientific facts or pure rubbish? Then, I suggest you keep an eye of this post series.
The main objective of this exploration will be achieving useful scientific literacy; the kind that will enable us to discern between “good” and “bad” science.
In spite of the possible good humor involved in the task – which we will not neglect – Doris and I are planning to face this task seriously. For starts, we will enroll a course given by Professor Michael Dennin of the University of California at Irvine, starting the 21st of January.
The name of the course «Science from Superheroes to Global Warming» says it all. This course won the 2011 “Best OCW User Experience” Award from Education Portal and was featured in the New York Times. Needless to say that Doris and I are very excited about it.
If you are interested in joining us in this course, you surely can; it’s totally free and is web based, so you can follow it without having to travel anywhere farther than to your living room.
Check the course details here (NOT an affiliate link).