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Questions No One Knows the Answers to (Full Version)

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 t...
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BBC - Ethics - Lying

BBC - Ethics - Lying | CCW Catalyst 7-8 | Scoop.it

Lying is probably one of the most common wrong acts that we carry out. Most people would condemn lying except when there's a good reason for it.

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Lost Generation

I guess I should finally get around to putting something here. I am surprised that it has received so much attention recently. This video was created for the...
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Impossible world: Articles: M.C. Escher: More Mathematics Than Meets the Eye

Impossible world: Articles: M.C. Escher: More Mathematics Than Meets the Eye | CCW Catalyst 7-8 | Scoop.it
Article about mathematical basis of famous Escher's artwork Printgallery...
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Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton | CCW Catalyst 7-8 | Scoop.it

“I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” Isaac Newton

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Six Vintage-Inspired Animations on Critical Thinking

Six Vintage-Inspired Animations on Critical Thinking | CCW Catalyst 7-8 | Scoop.it
A field guide to the art and science of the solid argument.
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Do You Have These 11 Traits of Highly Creative People? | Copyblogger

Do You Have These 11 Traits of Highly Creative People? | Copyblogger | CCW Catalyst 7-8 | Scoop.it
Would you like to be more creative in your copy and blogging? It's really not as hard or mysterious as you might think.
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Etymology

Etymology | CCW Catalyst 7-8 | Scoop.it

Ladybird and Ladybugs...
Etymology

The name "ladybird" originated in Britain where the insects became known as "Our Lady's bird" or the "Lady beetle". Mary (Our Lady) was often depicted wearing a red cloak in early paintings and the spots of the seven spot ladybird (the most common in Europe) were said to symbolise her seven joys and seven sorrows. In the United States the name was adapted to "ladybug".

Common names in other European languages have the same association (the German name Marienkäfer translates to Marybeetle).

The Dutch name "Lieveheersbeestje" and the colloquial French name "Bête à bon Dieu" mean "Good Lord's animal". The Irish name "Bóín Dé" means "God's little cow", but it is probably a corruption of the French name.


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TEDxOverlake - Dr. Sara Goering - Philosophy for Kids: Sparking a Love of Learning

Kids are natural philosophers...

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The Scale of the Universe 2

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Zoom from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of spacetime and learn about everything in between.

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Top 10 Most Famous Thought Experiments

Top 10 Most Famous Thought Experiments | CCW Catalyst 7-8 | Scoop.it
Thought experiments are mental concepts or hypotheses, often resembling riddles, which are used by philosophers and scientists as simple ways of illuminating what are usually very dense ideas.
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How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries

Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed -- E...
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Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher

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Article on the mathematical art of M.C. Escher, with emphasis on inspiring the student to see mathematics with fresh eyes.

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Year 7 Catalyst questions 'Wisdom begins in wonder' : Socrates

Year 7 Catalyst questions 'Wisdom begins in wonder' : Socrates | CCW Catalyst 7-8 | Scoop.it

Questions from Catalyst students:

 

What is nothing?
Am I in a dream?
What is deja vu? How does it work?
Is when I go to sleep reality or is being awake reality?
How do we know that what happens in our imaginations/ fantasies/ fairy tales is not real?
How to you describe colours and how do you know what other people see?
What is truth?
How do we know what the right thing to do is?
How do we know how to think?
Are we someone else’s avatar?
Are we some kid’s science experiment?
How did language start?
If we evolved from the apes, how come there are apes today?
Why doesn’t nature communicate with us?
Are there parallel universes?
Is there a supreme being controlling us?
Do deaf people think in language?
Is there a heaven?
Are we real? Is anything real? How do we know?
Can we know the future?
How do we know anything?

 

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It is what it is: Erich Fried

It is what it is: Erich Fried | CCW Catalyst 7-8 | Scoop.it

What it is

It is nonsense

says reason

It is what it is

says love

It is calamity

says calculation

It is nothing but pain

says fear

It is hopeless

says insight

It is what it is

says love

It is ludicrous

says pride

It is foolish

says caution

It is impossible

says experience

It is what it is

says love

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A great mind digs deep...

A great mind digs deep... | CCW Catalyst 7-8 | Scoop.it
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The present moment

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All we ever experience is the present moment.

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." - Albert Einstein

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