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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.
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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