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Nomological Dangler

Nomological Dangler Some poems run out nicely And follow a simple pattern But others, they seem to stick out slightly With a little extra bit to them What sort of poem are you? Are you easy to predict? Or do you like to... Suddenly-do Things that don’t restric Your sideless imagination The random little sparkler That ma...

Ages: Ages 14-16 (KS4), Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: English

Themes: Self, Personal identity, Identity, Existence, Choice

The Incredible Shrinking Machine

If the smallest thing is nothing then the biggest thing must be something. Adam (10-years-old)   1. The Chair Begin by placing a chair in the middle of the room. Now tell them to imagine that the chair is a futuristic machine that shrinks things and people to any size. Describe this as evocatively as you can. Next, inv...

Ages: All | All

Subjects: Science , Metaphysics

Themes: Personal identity, Existence, Change

The Ship of Theseus

From The If Machine by Peter Worley When doing The Ship of Theseus chapter from The If Machine make the puzzle visual by assembling a model of the ship on the floor with some identical pencils and a piece of paper for the sail. As you explain the process of gradual change replace each pencil with another pencil creating a pile of the discarde...

Ages: Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Vagueness, Sorites paradox, Personal identity, Change

What makes me a me?

A boy wonders what it is that makes him him and not somebody or something else ... Task Questions: Are you the same as a snail? Are you the same as a racing car? Are you the same as your jumper? What makes you different from a computer? What makes you different from someone else?

Ages: Ages 3-5 (EYFS)

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Same, Personal identity, Identity, Difference