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Can We Believe Our Eyes? [electronic resource]

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Using examples from the study of an electrical circuit, and experiments with light to systematically explore many of our assumptions about learning. Takes a hard look at why teaching fails, even when an experienced teacher uses all of the traditional tricks of the trade. Reveals how new research, used by teachers committed to finding solutions to problems, is reshaping teaching methods in our nation's schools.
Online
1997
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The Day the Universe Changed

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This series traces the major advances in knowledge in Western civilization since the Greeks, and demonstrates how our view of the world changes as our knowledge develops.
DVD
2009; 1985
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Day the Universe Changed: A Personal View

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This series traces the major advances in knowledge in Western civilization since the Greeks, and demonstrates how our view of the world changes as our knowledge develops.
VHS
1986; 1985
Ivy (By Request)
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Does Knowledge Depend on Experience?

Trace the evolution of the philosophical theory of empiricism by examining the writings of John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume. Watch as 20th-century philosopher W.V. Quine explains his own empiricism and naturalism theories.
Online
2015; 1998
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Entering the Unknown

Is there an unknown world beyond us? Is the self unknowledgeable? Philosopher Robert Rowland Smith examines the limits of knowledge. The Speaker Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Robert's books include Death-Drive and Breakfast with Socrates.
Online
2016; 2015
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Is Reason the Source of Knowledge?

Investigate the roots of rationalism in Plato and geometry and explore the rationalist theories of Descartes and Leibniz. Analyze the continuing debate over whether pure reason can generate knowledge.
Online
2015; 1998
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Lessons From Thin Air [electronic resource]

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Why is it that, despite the fact that photosynthesis is one of the most widely taught subjects in science, so few people really understand the central idea underlying this system? Explores why something taught in school can go unlearned and shows that we often teach without regard to what children actually need to know. Applies this concept to evaluating what students learn in science classes. The problem is illustrated by students in a high school honors chemistry class who are so conscious of wanting to produce the "right" answer, they lack the ability to think through fundamental ideas in science. In an elementary science classroom, demonstrates scientific observation that challenge student's beliefs in the natural sciences.
Online
1997
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Science, Religion and the Universe

In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill continues his conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson speculates on the nature of dark energy and dark matter and the philosophical and scientific basis for a multiverse. Tyson and Moyers discuss whether faith and science can be reconciled. Tyson sees faith in retreat as science solves the mysteries it relies on for a "God of the gaps." Moyers is more sympathetic toward belief in a non-material realm.
Online
2014
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The Renaissance and the Age of Discovery [electronic resource]

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Renaissance humanists made man "the measure of all things." The contributions of Machiavelli, Federigo da Montefeltro, Jan van Eyck, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Columbus and Magellan are examined in an era possessed by a passion for knowledge.
Online
1989