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An Introduction to René Descartes' Meditations
3 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Is life really just a dream? A video summary of Meditations by Rene Descartes discusses the concept of fantasy vs reality. The video, which is part of a larger playlist, outlines key points of the text and addresses counterarguments...
Philosophy - René Descartes
9 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
Whether you say it in Latin (cogito ergo sum), French (je pense donc je suis), or in English (I think therefore I am), you are expressing the rationalism of French philosopher René Descartes. Learn more about Descartes's worldview and...
The Scientific Methods: Crash Course History of Science #14
13 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How do we know what we know? Examine the asker of this, and many other questions, during the 14th installment in a 15-part History of Science video series. The narrator explains the important contributions made by Galileo, Bacon, and...
Is There a Center of the Universe?
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The history of our understanding of the center of the universe is explored through this film. The ideas of Aristotle, Copernicus, Bruno, Descartes, and Herschel are included, as well as the new discoveries that have helped the theories...
The History of the Barometer (and How It Works)
5 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
What started out as a simple experiment about vacuums, turned into one of the most useful tools for predicting weather. Learn about the circumstances surrounding the invention of the barometer and the scientific principals that it...
The Scientific Revolution in England and Europe
11th - 12th
Students read and discuss Scientific Revolution information sheet and the diagram concerning the causes of the Scientific Revolution. They construct a timeline including Aristotle, Democritus, Copernicus, Bacon and Descartes along with a...
Enlightenment Philosophers (Peer to Peer Teaching)
7th - 11th CCSS: Adaptable
One of the best strategies for learning is to teach what you know to others. Your young historians will be divided into groups and assigned an Enlightenment philosopher that they will then research and present to their classmates.