Charles Sanders Peirce Discusses Logic, Reason, Knowledge, And The Extinction Of Dinosaurs

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Climate change is a long-term change in the Earths climate, especially a change due to an increase in the average atmospheric temperature. Climate changes include warmer air and sea temperatures, changed patterns of precipitation, and more intense weather events such as hurricanes and storms. In “The Fixation of Belief”, Charles Sanders Peirce discusses logic, reason, knowledge, and how one believes. Peirce explains what does it mean to believe or to doubt something and how one can distinguish between what is true and what is not. Peirce believes that the method of science is able to fulfill one 's doubts because it bases its beliefs on an external factors rather than human factors. In “From Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs,” Stephen Jay Gould discusses and evaluates the difference between science and speculation. Gould also examines three possible theories that could be accredited to the dinosaur’s extinction; one of the theories is the theory of disasters. In, “The Will to Believe,” William James defends certain cases the adoption of a belief without prior evidence of its truth. Peirce, Gould and James explain how can one go about fixing their belief on the topic they are presenting. What all three of these authors have in common in their readings is that they all agree on that one needs sufficient evidence in order to prove their claim. Providing people with sufficient information that stimulates their concern about the dangers of climate change…

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