This course will look at the general way historians evaluate historical evidence and arrive at reasonable conclusions. It will also look at how science and history are related in the search for consensus and how this nexus serves to answer far-fetched historical claims. Specifically, we will look at the historian’s craft from Thucydides to Kuhn; the persistence of witchcraft (not all witches live in Salem); the curse of Darwin and his theory of evolution; the Holocaust as seen as a Zionist Conspiracy; and the fake moon shot - Disney’s production of the moon landing.
**Please note: The class on 6/17 will be held in La Maison Hall (across the hall from La Maison Salon).
Required Book: Michael Shermer, Why People Believe Weird Things. St. Martins. (available from Amazon)
Group Leader: Dr. Watters is a former Assumption history professor and retired naval officer. He is not a Martian.
Course fee: $40.00
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609