~ Dialog ~ Topic 22 ~ Science and Technology ~ Choose the questions you like ~


1) In your opinion, what has been one of the greatest technological achievements?

The wheel? Just kidding¡¦ probably the refrigerator. After refrigeration, our ability

to cook became much easier. Supermarkets came about. Not to mention ice cream.


2) What kind of jobs are/will be available in computers? medicine? Or other fields?

Any job that can repair broken hardware or corrupted software is/will be of value.

Medical breakthroughs happen often. Also renewable energy. These kind of jobs.


3) Do you think science will eventually replace religion? Why or why not? Discuss.

I hope so. Religions are thousands of years old. They provided answers to impossible

questions for a long time. Science answers questions that are possible and unites us.


4) How has technology changed education and the way teachers teach? Explain.

We now use big screens at the front of our classrooms. Students have access to many

Kinds of software. We learn in a triadic environment: student, teacher, technology.


5) In general, do you think humankind is better or worse off with science and technology?

Both. Only humans can do both at the same time. Plastic is bad, but alternatives are near.

Oil is bad, but alternatives are here. Social media has problems, but it can be positive.


6) Should the cloning of plants, animals, pets, or humans be made legal? Discuss.

No. The idea that someone would want a physical replica of a living thing seems

deplorable. They may need to think about meeting a clone of themselves.


7) What is your opinion regarding GM (genetically modified) crops or livestock?

Believe it or not, there is some need for GM in the world today. The main concern

is ¡°what¡± and ¡°how much¡±. The most ethical and respected minds should be consulted.


8) Do you grow your own food? What is urban farming? What is vertical farming?

No. But many people in my vicinity grow veggies. I can look out my window and

see my urban neighbors growing vegetables. Also, inner city farms are on the rise.


9) Do you think robots have caused or will cause unemployment? Discuss.

Yes. There is no doubt. If community colleges can make two-year degrees on

maintenance and upkeep of factory technology, then we can increase employment.


10) Do you think global warming is a serious issue? Can we reverse it? Discuss.

No. We can¡¯t reverse it. This is an inevitable issue. The weather is uncertain but food

and water shortages aren¡¯t. We can speed up desalination and escalate vertical farming.



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~ Topic 22 ~ Science and Technology ~ FooD 4 ThoughT ~ Internet ~


Science (from the Latin word scientia, meaning "knowledge") is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.

The earliest roots of science can be traced to Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia in around 3500 to 3000 BCE. Their contributions to mathematics, astronomy, and medicine entered and shaped Greek natural philosophy of classical antiquity, whereby formal attempts were made to provide explanations of events in the physical world based on natural causes.




The Age of Enlightenment (also known as the Age of Reason or simply the Enlightenment)was an intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in Europe during the 18th century, the "Century of Philosophy".

Some consider the publication of Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica (1687) as the first major enlightenment work. French historians traditionally date the Enlightenment from 1715 to 1789, from the beginning of the reign of Louis XV until the French Revolution. Most end it with the turn of the 19th century.




Technology ("science of craft", from Greek "art, skill, cunning of hand") is the collection of techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation. Technology can be the knowledge of techniques, processes, and the like, or it can be embedded in machines to allow for operation without detailed knowledge of their workings.


The use of tools by early humans was partly a process of discovery and of evolution. Early humans evolved from a species of foraging hominids which were already bipedal, with a brain mass approximately one third of modern humans. Tool use remained relatively unchanged for most of early human history. Approximately 50,000 years ago, the use of tools and complex set of behaviors emerged, believed by many archaeologists to be connected to the emergence of fully modern language.





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~ Lesson Procedures ~


1) To begin with, as a class, in groups or in pairs study and talk about sections one and two.


2) Then, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about from section one or from more questions.


3) After that, share your ideas in your conversations. Take equal turns.


4) Finally, make your own questions and create discussion.

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