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This resource warns against using pathetic fallacy and animism in the teaching of science. The author defines these terms and goes on to cite various examples of their use by college professors and other scientists. He suggests that any time a teacher uses words suggestive of human aspirations or emotions to explain the behavior of the inanimate natural world, there is trouble. His rule is that when discussing the behavior of the natural world, one is not obliged to explain it, but rather could merely describe it. However, if one does offer an explanation, he or she is obliged to get it right.
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