ESS 380A1 - Critical Thinking in Ecosystem Science

  • 2 credits
  • Online

Topics covered:

  • The fundamentals of the scientific method
  • How humans obtain knowledge of all types
  • How to differentiate between science and non-science, the possible from the impossible, the testable from the untestable, and the weird from the absurd,
  • How to use logic, reason, and evidence as a means to filter wild claims by advertisers, tabloids, fake-scientists (pretenders), know-it-all talk-show hosts, and even your closest relatives and friends.

Textbooks and Materials


  • How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age, 6th Ed. (2011)
    Schick and Vaughn
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore