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Questions no one knows the answers to - Chris Anderson

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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.

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.

Additional Resources:
-SoundVision’s The Really Big Questions
-Psychology Today: The Big Questions Blog
-John Templeton Foundation
-The New York Times: Is neuroscience the death of free will?

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