Lesson 1 (from Introduction, Wanderers)
Sagan suggests that by nature human beings are wanderers, and he cites our species's long history of exploration and expansion as evidence. This lesson is about the human desire to wander and explore.
1) Group Discussion: Why do people explore their surroundings and tend to expand when given the chance? Do people ever seem to be content having no knowledge of their surroundings? Are people as a group ever able to live without attempting to expand? How do these behaviors relate to Sagan's argument about the nature of humanity?
2) Class Discussion: Sagan suggests that it is in our nature to explore, and at the current time, to explore space and the worlds within our solar system. What are some other frontiers that have yet to be fully explored? Why does Sagan have a particular interest in space? Would Sagan argue that space is more...
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