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Kid’s Deep Questions

          Since a  photograph is worth a 1,000 words, this little book uses images to spark family discussion of important questions on the minds of young people. I added brief comments to initiate your thinking process about the meaning of life!

          I started asking open-ended questions of young people in 2002 and eventually surveyed or interviewed over 4,000 students from 88 countries, as reported on in a series of books. They want to know why we’re here and what happens after death, as well as questions about our world from a science and social science point of view. I found them to be very caring about helping other people. Now young children are taking a lead in advocating environmentalism to stop climate change, like a nine-year-old Zayne Cowie who wrote a book titled Goodbye, Earth. They know a lot because of their access to the internet. For example, when I told eight-year-old Soren that I interviewed a Nobel Peace Prize in Physics, I asked him what physicists study. He said, “Anomalies in space-time.”

         I invite you to share your answers and more questions here.


Comments on: "Kid’s Deep Questions" (4)

  1. Review from Susanna, school psychologist: “Wow! I love this. What a wonderful book by and for children. Loved how you integrated that regardless culturally diversity children mutually share same basic questions about life. The layout of pictures and illustrations weave perfectly with the questions and yes pictures can mean more than a thousand words. Liked the way you framed questions with simplicity and to be easily accessible for kids to question what many may view as complex questions.”

  2. Q: A seven-year-old boy asked how can Grandpa be both in the cemetery and in heaven.
    A: We have a body that is only meant to last for a while so we can explore being in a body, and we have a soul or spirit that lasts forever after the body finishes its work. Some people believe that our souls like to experience many bodies. This is called reincarnation. Some people think the spirit goes on to heaven and doesn’t come back. Atheists don’t believe we have an everlasting soul.

  3. Jamie asked, “Is the moon dead?” No, it has activity, including a molten core and water.
    View at Medium.com

  4. Q: When did people start caring for herds like cattle?
    A: “Currently most archaeologists think wild ancestors of today’s domestic cattle, sheep and goats were first domesticated in the “Fertile Crescent” of the Middle East. Archaeological research shows herding began to appear in and spread from what is now Egypt around 8,000 years ago. By 5,000 years ago, herders were burying their dead in elaborate monumental cemeteries near a lakeshore in Kenya. Two millennia later, pastoralist settlements were present across a wide part of East Africa and by at least 2,000 years ago, livestock appear in South Africa.”


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