In the first of a new TED-Ed series designed to catalyze curiosity, TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his boyhood obsession with quirky questions that seem to have no answers.
1) Ask teachers for their favorite unanswered questions. Create a large display space in your school or in some other public area in your community where people can write down other big questions, and/or identify which of the already-posted questions seems especially intriguing to them.
2) Anderson asks, “Why do so many innocent people and animals suffer terrible things?” Humans have been asking this whopper of a question for almost as long as humans have existed. Explore some of the explanations that have been offered by religious leaders, philosophers, writers and others. Identify three or four viewpoints that seem particularly provocative and different from one another. Contribute these viewpoints to a roundtable discussion of the question.
SoundVision’s The Really Big Questions http://www.trbq.org/
Psychology Today: The Big Questions Blog http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-big-questions
John Templeton Foundation: Big Questions Essay Series http://www.templeton.org/signature-programs/big-questions-essay-series
The New York Times: Is neuroscience the death of free will? (11/13/2011) http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/is-neuroscience-the-death-of-free-will/