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The Pale Blue Dot (3 min.)
The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers from Earth, as part of the solar system Family Portrait series of images. In the photograph, Earth is shown as a fraction of a pixel against the vastness of space. Subsequently, the title of the photograph was used by Sagan as the main title of his 1994 book, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. [Wikipedia]

1. Discover more about the contributions made to astronomy by Cosmologist, Carl Sagan
2. Read about the European Enlightenment and the Age of Reason

Compare and Contrast
Compare and contrast the Pale Blue Dot image of earth with the Blue Marble image of earth. How is each one uniquely inspiring, sublime, and thought-proving?

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The HUMAN Project (website)
The HUMAN Project is an app developed by Anna Stillwell and Erika Ilves. It is invitation to wrap our minds around the big questions: Who are we, humans? Who should we become? Where should we head next? What should our generation do to advance the HUMAN project? We know more. We are more connected. We can think bigger. We can dream bigger. We can mobilize at an unprecedented scale. The project focuses on the existential threats facing our species and on finding our place in the grand scheme of existence and in an incomprehensibly vast universe.

Agree or Disagree - Say why
1. "Promoting Creativity, Kindness, and Curiosity are far more important in a school environment than teaching to the curriculum?" Agree or disagree?
2. "The happiness of the individual student is far more important than grades and standardised tests." Agree or Disagree
3. "It is important to reject authority, dogma, superstition, and tradition as the basis of knowledge." Agree or Disagree.
4. "It is important to be creatively kind and intelligently optimistic." Agree or Disagree

Jason Silva's Shot of Awe: "Exploring Space: Cosmic Revolutionaries"
Choose any one Multiple Intelligence task:

1. Write a 500 word article on what it means to take a cosmic perspective and the impact it would have on society.

2. Draw a poster that captures the key points from the talk.

3. Design a collage with key words, ideas, and phrases from the talk

4. Compose a song with lyrics that add to the message of taking a cosmic perspective.

5. Make a movie trailer or video ad with images and video clips that capture the wonders of outer space and the vastness of the universe.

6. Have a debate: "This house believes that taking a cosmic perspective would lead to a better world."
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How does the Pale Blue Dot image of earth help us understand the folly of human conceits and why it is important to protect life on earth and start colonising space?
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How important are the values of the age of Enlightenment in fostering a scientifically literate society that is capable of taking a cosmic perspective? Stimulus points: - Importance of critical thinking - Importance of questioning authority - Importance of being open to new ideas and discoveries
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Based on the content of the talk what do you understand when you hear the words "Cosmic Perspective?" Stimulus points: - Pale Blue Dot - Vast Scale of the Universe - Humans are not the centre of all things
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