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A Reassuring Fable

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Description

The video suggests that our inclination to embrace reassuring myths about our place and role in the biosphere has been destructive of both ourselves and the planet. It further argues that we must accept hard truths rather than reassuring faith; that knowledge is preferable to ignorance; and science rather than myth and ritual can provide the worthy goal to satisfy our need for some cosmic purpose.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Our world view and the consequences it has for our actions is the central theme of this video by Carl Sagan. According to Sagan, we must replace a world view that has been shaped by myth and reassuring faith to one shaped by knowledge and science. Such issues are likely to be addressed in those courses where the curriculum addresses the relative role of religion and science.

Teacher and students may also view other videos in this series to pursue this larger issue.

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  • Manitoba
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    • Grade 12
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      • Social Studies
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        • Citizenship and Sustainability: Area of Inquiry: Environment
        • Global Issues
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    • Grade 12
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Introduction to Environmental Science 120: Sustainable Development
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    • Grade 10
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 3205: Introduction to Environmental Science
      • Religious Education
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        • World Religions 3101/3106: Overall Expectations
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    • Grade 11
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        • Environmental Science (Univ/College Prep.) Scientific Solutions to Contemporary Environmental Challenges
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      • Philosophy
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        • Philosophy: Questions and Theories (Univ. Prep.) Core topics: Metaphysics
        • Philosophy: Questions and Theories(Univ, Prep.) Supplementry Topics: Philosohy of Science
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        • Environmental Science 621A: Ecological Principles
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        • Contemporary World: Environment

Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
  • Indigenous Knowledge (1)

    • Rituals, Spirituality and Worldviews