Lessons 10 & 11 – Causal Analysis

We made it to our last organizational structure of the semester – Causal Analysis.

We said that this type of structure is used to describe cause and effect relationships. In class, we used “Stress” as an example.

What causes stress? We came up with 5 or 6 good ideas and placed them in the fishbone diagram. Look at another example here http://www.middleweb.com/mw/images/CB3.jpg

What’s another word for…

Cause – reasons, contributing factors
Effects – outcomes, results

So we said that if STRESS is the outcome, some possible reasons could be: school work pressure, family issues, bad health, not enough time, financial worries.

Then we could take this information and put it into a paragraph form…

Tonight we are going to now go to the textbook – to the chapter on dinosaurs and why they became extinct.

But before we do, let’s look at a few interesting websites: The Smithsonian Institution’s virtual archaeological dig http://paleobiology.si.edu/dinosaurs/interactives/dig/main.html Let’s see what scientists do when they find dinosaur bones.

Why don’t we see dinosaurs on earth anymore – what happened to them? http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/dinosaurs/extinct.html

In this chapter, we talk about theories and science and the age of the earth and its inhabitants. There are theories about what happened to the dinosaurs, but can this be taken as the “truth”? Why or why not? Why can a theory not be considered the “truth”? What is the role of “evidence” in scientific theory?

Sometimes people of faith ask if both science and faith can co-exist if there is no “truth”. Many prominent scientists are also people of faith. If this question interests you, read one person’s story – http://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/20081007_1.htm


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