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A PPT for debating different viewpoints during an oral English activity.

A PPT for debating different viewpoints during an oral English activity.



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  • The Thunker Thunks are philosophical questions which encourage deep thinking. There are no right or wrong answers. Made by Mike Gershon – mikegershon@hotmail.com I came across thunks at - http://www.independentthinking.co.uk/Cool+Stuff/Thunks/default.aspx And www.thunks.co.uk
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  • What does the wind smell like?
  • If we only live in the present do the future and the past exist?
  • Is the green I see in grass the same as the green you see?
  • If I borrow a million pounds am I a millionaire?
  • Can you catch the wind?
  • Do animals have feelings?
  • If a tree falls in a forest when no one is around, does it make a noise?
  • Is it ever right to steal?
  • What does the sun sound like?
  • Does colour have shape?
  • Can you be happy and sad at the same time?
  • Do you decide how you feel or do your emotions?
  • Does lined paper weigh more than blank paper?
  • If you read a magazine in a shop are you stealing?
  • Is it right to steal to feed your family?
  • How much is rich?
  • How little is poor?
  • Are you man-made or natural?
  • Can an angry person make good decisions?
  • What is a ‘good’ life?
  • What colour is tomorrow?
  • What colour is a mirror?
  • Can lies do good?
  • Is it ever right to lie?
  • Are you in control of your actions?
  • What is art?
  • Is it better to cooperate or compete?
  • How much money will make you happy?
  • What do you need to be happy?
  • Does happiness exist?
  • Are there better things to aim for than happiness?
  • Would you give up freedom for security?
  • Would you give up security for freedom?
  • Do you think or does your brain?
  • Is there more future or past?
  • Does time exist or do we just think it does?
  • What is science?
  • How long has to pass before the past becomes history?
  • Should we always say sorry if we have done something wrong?
  • Do words have power or people?
  • Can words make you do things?
  • Do animals think?
  • Do trees feel?
  • Is it right to kill animals?
  • Are you your memories?
  • Can a war ever be justified?
  • If we are at war should we all join the fight?
  • Where does ‘talent’ come from?
  • Should a footballer be paid more than a nurse?
  • Do bankers have a moral duty to the rest of society?
  • What is money worth?
  • What is a sport and what a game?
  • Can you show-off if no one is watching?
  • Why do we have emotions?
  • How democratic should a democracy be?
  • How much choice do people want?
  • Is it ever right to break the law?
  • Who decides what is fair?
  • Is there a difference between fairness and justice?
  • Can you ever know another person’s thoughts?
  • Where does trust come from?
  • What is truth?
  • Who decides something is a fact?
  • Is maths a language?
  • Do you own yourself?
  • Does advertising help you?
  • Are adverts tricks?
  • What is the difference between information and communication?
  • If we are all unique are we all the same?
  • Who watches the watchers?
  • Do you need to see to believe?
  • Can an animal be racist?
  • Where is power?
  • Who are tests for?
  • Can you grade thinking?
  • Was education invented?
  • Is there a difference between learning and being taught?
  • How should we treat others?
  • Is a beach in the sea or part of the land?
  • Does the sea have a shape?
  • Is your mind part of your body?
  • Do your thoughts control your body?
  • Are humans animals?
  • Could animals become humans?
  • Why are some things wrong?
  • Why are some things right?
  • Who decides what is right or wrong?
  • What do ideas feel like?
  • Can you touch hope?
  • Are rainbows real?
  • Do stairs go up or down?
  • Which came first – the chicken or the egg?
  • Why is something funny?
  • Does humour have a purpose?
  • Is anything pointless?
  • Do reasons exist or do we make them up?
  • How much does a shadow weigh?
  • Are animals aware of themselves?
  • Does fame have a price?
  • Is boredom a modern invention?
  • What is culture?
  • Are inventions and discoveries different?
  • Does time move in a straight line?
  • Is it right to steal from the rich if you give to the poor
  • Are we all equal?
  • Do you make your own luck?
  • How much is down to chance?
  • Is music a language?
  • Does the meaning change in translation?
  • When we describe something are we interpreting it?
  • Is knowledge power?
  • Is power knowledge?
  • Who writes history?
  • Do you have a history or a past?
  • Does change happen or is it always happening?
  • Should we expect politicians to lie?
  • Is it ever right to use force?
  • Does violence produce more violence?
  • Do we feel emotions in our heart or our head?
  • Where does authority come from?
  • Is it right to tell someone how they should live?
  • When does a law become unjust?
  • Is a broken down car parked?
  • Do frogs remember what they did when they were tadpoles?
  • Why do people like music?
  • Are poems stories?
  • Can you step in the same river twice?
  • Do fish learn to swim?
  • Can you read a picture?
  • Do computers think?
  • Do souls exist?
  • Is a key still a key if there is nothing to unlock?
  • If a door is shut is it a wall?
  • Should we discriminate against people who have the best lives?
  • What do celebrities do?
  • Who creates fame?
  • Can you judge a book by the cover?
  • Where is tomorrow?
  • Where is the past?
  • Do inanimate objects – rocks buildings – experience time like we do?
  • Do you believe your senses?
  • Where are the borders of an island?
  • Can you be more human than someone else?
  • When did you start to exist?
  • Where is the bottom of a hill?
  • What does the inside of a mountain feel like?
  • Does an animal’s size effect how you think about it?
  • Can you describe time without using units of time (hours, days etc.)?
  • Why do we learn?
  • Does day follow night or vice versa?
  • When does a puddle become a body of water?
  • What is the colour of love?
  • Can love be explained?
  • Do plants breathe?
  • Can you think of nothing?
  • Does society decide who you are?
  • What is money?
  • If you are given a reward for doing well do you continue to try and do well or do you try to get another reward?
  • Are we alone in the universe?
  • Should we colonise the moon?
  • Does anyone own nature?
  • Is it ever right to kill?
  • How much is enough?
  • Does ‘good’ today mean the same as ten years ago? What about ‘bad’?
  • Who polices the police?
  • What makes something controversial?
  • Are men and women different?
  • What makes you you?