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Systematic study of the natural world--based on testable explanations and predictions--a way of pursuing knowledge
Science as a process
bases on assumption that nature is knowable-- limited to repeatable phenomena-- blind to miracles
Unity of knowledge from all parts of human understanding-- boundaries of academic discplines are arbitrary
belief or practice presented as science but does not follow the scientific method; not based on hypothesis; not tested with evidence
Alternative medicine: validated by science
attempt to gain special insight to the present or future; through contract with occult or supernatural forces; reading signs, events omens
Extrasensory perception (ESP); Telepathy, Psychokinesis, Precognition and Clairvoyance; Channeling (communicating with the dead)
secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers social response in members of the same species
threadlike structure within the nucleus of the DNA containing the genetic information that is passed from one generation of cells to the next
the biochemical units of heredity that make up the chromosomes; a segment of DNA capable of synthesizing a protein
the complete instructions for making an organism, consisting of all the genetic material in that organism's chromosomes
Random errors in gene replication that lead to a change in the sequence of nucleotides; the source of all genetic diversity; change in DNA
chemical messengers, mostly those manufactured by the endocrine glands, that are produced in one tissue and affect another tissue
(psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation
Belief that the soul or spirit returns after death to live in a new body; Hinduism, Jainism
The body system of nervous tissues--organized into the brain,spinal courd, and nerves--that send and receive messages and integreate the body's activities.
Physical stimulation of the sense organs, signals to the central nervous system, awareness and understanding of the environment
The mental perception of distinct categories (colors) from sensory information that varies along a continuum
Neuron that 'mirror' the behavior of others; found in primates and some birds; in humans found in the premotor cortex
automatic behaviors, breathing, sleeping, balance, coordination, hormonal regulation, hunger, thirst, growth
integrating sensory information from various sense organs, knowledge of numbers and relationships, manipulation of objects
Pariental, Temporal, and Occipital lobes
organize sensory information to a coherent model of our environment
ability to experience or feel, wakefulness, sense of self 'I', executive control of the mind
a basic design feature of the human mind, allows us to live in large, cohesive, cooperative groups, blinds as much as binds
favors behaviors that increase the reproductive success of an organism and its close relatives-- those who cooperate have more descendents
balance many values and ideas; make good leaders when the need is to balance many conflicting problems and objectives
focus on a few basic principles; make good leaders in times of crisis when moral clarity is needed
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