Students Make Pseudoscience Videos

Kevin Pitts
12/7/2012

I’ve blogged before about the course I teach on critical thinking. It’s a freshman discovery course, which means it’s geared toward first year students in all majors (not just scientists). The course is PHYS 192 Science and Pseudoscience. It's all about how to think and analyze information. We cover topics like UFOs, alternative medicine, astrology, and creationism. (This is why I often give talks about the physics of UFOs.)

This semester, student-teams made a short video about pseudoscience. They had total creative license. As expected, the videos were extremely clever and creative. 
 
We watched the videos in class and the students voted on the winner. All of the videos are quite good, so watch them if you want to be entertained and learn something at the same time.
 
Thanks to Rebecca Wiltfong, you can watch the videos too!
This is the first time we tried a video project, so its success or failure was going to depend a lot on the students. They did a great job and I really appreciate their work.
 
By the way, I also taught a version of this class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. That was a blast! I hope I get to do that again.
Students (and video writers/actors/producers) from the fall 2012 PHYS 192 class.
Students (and video writers/actors/producers) from the fall 2012 PHYS 192 class.