Fallacies, F(Ph)ysikos and Faith

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

7:00 PM

Course meets on Tuesdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21 at Country Club Christian Church

Jewell's Center for Faith and Culture and partner congregations sponsor a series of Personal Flourishing classes. Each course meets four times for a total of five hours, focusing on faith as it relates to literature, science, politics, the arts, music, health, finance, Biblical Studies and more. All are welcome to register using the link below.

Course Description

The blurring of boundaries between science, pseudoscience and religion is now commonplace in modern American society. While prevalent, these trends often lead to ill-informed decisions that result in both human and financial costs. In this course, we will define the parameters and boundaries associated with science and religion and then explore models for how to consider scientific and religious questions in everyday contexts. In addition, the impacts of pseudoscience will be discussed, along with possible reasons for why folks embrace fallacies and fiction while rejecting mainstream science. As we ponder some of these questions, we will examine how to think critically about current topics and how to engage in meaningful conversations.

About the Instructor

Dr. Blane Baker is a professor of physics at his alma mater, William Jewell College, where he returned to teach in 1999. Over his tenure, he has taught general physics, electronics and quantum mechanics, along with a popular sport science course for non-science majors. He is the author of two recent books, "Science in the Arena" and "Critical Thinking in the Physics Curriculum."

Baker is an active contributor to the American Association of Physics Teachers AAPT and serves as president of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. His areas of interest include electronics, sustainable energy and materials science. He is a member of the American Physical Society APS, American Association of Physics Teachers AAPT, Society of Physics Students SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma. He also holds the Wallace A. Hilton Endowed Chair in Physics at William Jewell College.

Baker is an avid runner and baseball fan and enjoys traveling with family and friends. He is also a member of Second Baptist Church in Liberty.