COSMOS Episode 1: Standing Up in the Milky Way (2014) is a remake of the classic Sagan series from the early 80s. The series has been thoroughly refreshed and updated for a new generation of learners, eager to see the Cosmos through fresh eyes. COSMOS is the story of us. It’s about how we got here as explained by the quantitative, unbiased powers of science. In the ship of the imagination, host Neil DeGrasse Tyson explores the fundamental questions humanity has about our evolution, our discoveries, our fate, and the meaning of our place in the universal scheme.
Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial (2007) is a NOVA documentary examining the age-old discussion of evolution versus creationism and its place in the modern classroom. This thought provoking video examines both sides of the argument, as presented before a federal judge, examining what evolution is, what intelligent design is, and if it violates the separation between church and state laws. Both sides present their case, call their witnesses, and endeavor to draw a clear distinction between what belongs in a science classroom and what does not.
This documentary would be an excellent showing during a biology class, history class, philosophy class, psychology class, or a humanities class. The topics discussed are universal to the human condition.
Of the 43 questions on this documentary video guide, the overwhelming majority are higher-order in nature, with only a scattering of lower-level types. But if the students are paying attention, they can answer them all.
The concepts discussed include evolution, Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, creationism, the concept (and implications) of a creator, intelligent design, an intelligent designer, the separation of church and state, the Scopes monkey trial, the tree of life, natural selection, transitional fossils, genetic mutations, chromosomal mutations, irreducible complexity, and the wedge strategy.