Assessment covering reading from Stadler p. 1-32 and Tomkins p. 9-21.
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According to Gallup polls between 1984 and 2014, there has been a large change in American’s views on origins / evolution during that time frame
In general, those who hold to the “God has no part in origins” view
In general, those who hold to the “God created human beings” view
In general those who hold to the “God guided evolution” view
Science is the best tool to answer all questions
Consider a scientist conducting an experiment to determine the effectiveness of a newly discovered garden fertilizer. Which of the following would contribute to high confidence in the results? (select all that apply)
Which of the following is NOT a reason why the cholesterol-reducing drug example in Stadler (chapter 3) exemplifies high-confidence science?
In the above study, if instead of randomly assigning patients to drug and placebo it was determined that men would receive the placebo and women would receive the drug, how would this reduce the confidence of the study?
In Stadler (chapter 3), why was the cholesterol-reducing drug (alirocumab) an example of high-confidence science whereas the heart failure medication (digitalis) was an example of low-confidence science?
The purpose of the book titled The Design and Complexity of the Cell is to:
Science is a morally neutral discipline
What does the term “abiogenesis” refer to?
Scientists have observed abiogenesis in a laboratory setting under carefully controlled conditions.
Which of the following best describes the interdependency of DNA, RNA and protein?
Which of the following is NOT a shortcoming of the Miller-Urey experiments to demonstrate the plausibility of abiogenesis?
Miller-Urey-like experiments have been able to produce all 20+ amino acids necessary to make proteins.
Assuming that all of the needed biomolecules had somehow been formed, what is the primary challenge for explaining how random processes could assemble these into a functioning cell?
Is DNA synthesis technology an example of artificial life?
In DNA synthesis, what is used to copy DNA?