Case 2: Thinking Brings Enlightenment
BIG IDEAS : Scientific methodology was used as a means of understanding the world; rational thinking was replacing superstitious beliefs.
- In what ways was thinking repressed during the Middle Ages? What was the effect of that repression, in your opinion?
- How did thinking flourish in the Renaissance? What factors contributed to the encouragement of thinking?
- How, in your view, did scientific investigation challenge the dogma of the church? Why do you suppose the church was threatened by science?
- What factors do you consider to be repressive of clear thinking in today's culture?
- What do you consider to be some of the consequences of the repression of thinking?
- Why do you suppose thinking is important? Does everyone share your belief?
Case 3: The Printing Press - Taking a Giant Step Forward
BIG IDEAS : The printing press made it possible for information to be disseminated among a large number of people. This information sharing brought sea changes in the quality of life and thinking.
- What do you consider to be the major impact of the printing press on the quality of lives and thinking during this historical period?
- What, in your view, was the relationship between the invention of the printing press and the need to learn to read and write?
- How, in your view, does more widely shared information make improve the quality of lives? How, in your view, does the rationing of information among a select few diminish the quality of lives?
- How would you compare the invention of the printing press with the information sharing available on the Internet?
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