Create and share a new lesson based on this one.

About TED-Ed Originals

TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Are you an educator or animator interested in creating a TED-Ed original? Nominate yourself here »

Meet The Creators

Andrew Park

Chris Anderson



Additional Resources for you to Explore

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

Psychology Today: The Big Questions Blog

John Templeton Foundation: Big Questions Essay Series

The New York Times: Is neuroscience the death of free will? (11/13/2011)

Teded square logo
Lesson Creator
New York, NY