Positive/Negative Evidence sections.
First, you must select a topic that meets the stated criteria (unsolved problem in science, two disjoint causal theories (i.e., if one theory is right, the other is wrong), an existing body of empirical research supporting each theory). If you have any doubts about your topic selection, you may ask me for confirmation. If you write on a topic not meeting the criteria, you risk getting a zero score.
Next, even if there exist many theories attempting to explain the unsolved problem, you should just identify the two strongest (in your opinion) competing theories. Investigate each theory and its supporting research carefully.
You will write your paper with the same subheadings as used in your homework assignments involving 2 models (as we did in analyzing crucial experiments): Real World, Model 1, Model 2, Prediction 1, Prediction 2, Data, Positive Evidence, Negative Evidence.
Unlike your homework answers, each section will be more expansive and involve more details.
There is a 1000 word minimum, not including the works cited page (which you must include).
Make sure you are putting the right content in the appropriate places (e.g., don’t tell me about data in the “Model” section, etc.). Also, you want to find differing predictions for each model, not matching ones. In the evaluative sections, I will be looking to see how you have carefully weighed the evidence and come to a judicious verdict, declaring one theory the stronger one over the other.
In the evaluative sections (Positive/Negative Evidence sections), you will declare your verdict regarding which theory is the “winner” and which is not, based on your consideration of the quality/quantity of supportive (and/or disconfirming) research and satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) of theoretical virtues.
Lastly, your paper will be processed by TurnItIn.com, so not only should you include a works cited page, you should also make sure any words/ideas not your own are properly quoted and/or cited.