Phil 100 F19: Exam 1 Study Guide

All you need for the exam is something to write with (pen or pencil is fine). I will provide you with all the necessary paper. 

Part I: Fill-in-the-Blank. You should know the definitions of the following terms:
  • Logic
  • Critical Thinking
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Axiology
  • Science
  • Pseudoscience
  • Neuropsychological Humility
  • Metacognition
  • Scientific Skepticism
  • False Memory Syndrome
  • Inattentional Blindness
  • Apophenia
  • Proposition
  • Argument
  • Premise
  • Conclusion
  • Deductive
  • Inductive
  • Valid
  • Invalid
  • Sound
  • Not Sound
  • Strong
  • Weak
  • Cogent
  • Not Cogent
Part II: Short Answers. You should be able to explain the following concepts: 
  • The core tools and values that characterize the methodology of scientific skepticism
  • The different types of memory
  • The five ways in which we modify and alter memories
  • The major issues with the reliability of memory and perception
  • Pareidolia, and why it is significant for skeptics
  • Hyperactive Agency Detection, and why it is significant for skeptics
  • Hypnagogia, and why it is significant for skeptics
  • The Ideomotor effect, and why it is significant for skeptics
Part III: Short Essay. You will write a short essay in which you apply the tools and concepts discussed so far in class to a pseudoscience. The particular pseudoscience will be described on the exam in the prompt for the essay question. 
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