~ Dialogue ~ Topic 22 ~ Science and Technology ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~
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.
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.
~ Original Questions ~ Science and Technology ~ Choose the questions you like ~
1) What is the difference between science and technology? Discuss.
2) In your opinion, what are some of the greatest technological achievements? Explain.
3) What kind of employment will be available in the fields of science? Biology? Other?
4) How do you think science and technology will change the world in the next 10/30/50/100 years?
5) Do you think science will eventually replace religion? Why or why not? Discuss.
1) How has technology changed the way we communicate with friends, family, in business? Discuss.
2) How has technology changed the way we receive news? Does more information make a safer world?
3) How has technology changed the way we are educated and/or the way teachers teach? Explain.
4 How has technology changed the way we approach medicine, health, and healing? Is it always positive?
5) In general, do you think humankind is better or worse off with science and technology? Give reasons.
1) Should the cloning of plants, animals, pets, or humans be made legal? Discuss.
2) What is your opinion regarding GM (genetically modified) crops or livestock? Discuss.
3) Do you buy organic food? Why or why not? What food? How often? Discuss.
5) What is the relationship science, technology, and food? What are the positive/negative influences?
1) What do you think are some positive and negative influences regarding the use of mobile devices?
2) Do you think phone or computer games benefit the users? If so, how? If not, why not? Explain.
3) Do you ever use social media? Can social media improve the quality of life? How?
4) Do you think internet privacy is an important issue? Discuss the possible future of this issue?
5) Do you think robots have caused unemployment by replacing humans in the workforce? Discuss.
1) Do you think global warming is a serious issue? Do we have the technology and will to reverse it?
2) If we have the technology to produce alternative energy, why don't we ban fossil fuels? Explain.
3) What are some problems in the transition from fossil fuels to other forms of energy? Explain.
4) Is solar power a real possibility for providing homes and transport a source of efficient energy? Discuss.
5) Do you still feel the same way about science and technology as you did 10/20/30+ years ago? Explain.
~ Food For Thought ~ Topic 22 ~ Science and Technology ~ Explore the Topic ~
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 work of the Enlightenment. French historians traditionally date the Enlightenment from 1715 to 1789, which was about the time from the beginning of the reign of Louis XV until the French Revolution. Most scholars end this period with the turn of the 19th century.
Technology or the 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 bipedal hominids with a brain mass approximately one third the size 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 sets of behaviors emerged, believed by many archaeologists to be connected to the emergence of the development of language and communication.
Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson
1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions you’d like to talk about.
2) Then, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations. Take notes. Take equal turns.
3) Share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (as prepared in 1, 2, and 3).
There are three sections for each topic:
1) Dialogue: There are ten selected questions presented with sample answers.
The sample answers are given to assist the learners in creating
their own answers. They tend to use a casual speaking style.
2) Original Questions: There are five groups of five questions with no answers.
They are introduced to give more choices to learners.
3) Food for Thought: Definitions, ideas, and links are offered for discussion and contemplation.
Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.
~ Topic 22 ~ Science and Tech ~ Questions for Conversation ~
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