This topic’s goal is to continue the exploration of questions on the trustworthiness of science with an in-depth discussion.
Before class, you might review the discussion guide.
Consider starting class with the desks arranged in a circle.
With a brief review, remind students of your expectations for the discussion. It can be helpful to mention the kinds of virtuous interactions you would like to see and emphasize that you will be looking specifically for virtue.
Following is a series of questions you might introduce one by one. Allow time for the class to discuss each question and to bring in evidence from their reading of the article, “Why we can’t trust academic journals to tell the scientific truth”, introduced in the previous lesson. As the discussion of each question unfolds, you can intervene to encourage students to clarify a point or consider further evidence from the article:
To debrief the dialogue, allow at least ten minutes at the end of the class. You might use some of this time to discuss content—erroneous thinking versus good logical deductions—and some to discuss virtues displayed during the dialogue—or the lack of virtues displayed.
Consider concluding with the following questions: