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Scene 1 How does the desire for more create conflict?

What does it do to the dynamic of a classroom when there are some students who want to know more and some who could care less? And a vast desire has sprung up to know the reasons for everything. Galileo p7 How does doubt create conflict? Can you think of a conflict in society that is fuelled by doubt? For where faith has been enthroned for a thousand years doubt now sits. Galileo p7 How do different world views impact the way people experience and resolve conflict? The universe has lost its centre overnight and woken up to find it has countless centres. Galileo p8 Thinking about poverty, what sort of conflict is experienced? What types of choices are involved? What does the poverty motivate them to do? List the different participants in the issue of poverty and the specific type of conflict they experience. How can their conflict be resolved? Galileo chooses to buy books rather than pay his bills, p9, but is aware that he needs to make money. That is why, in Scene 1,he takes on a new student, why he asks for a raise from the university, and a contributing factor as to why he steals the telescope idea. Scene 2 To enter into conflict or to not enter into conflict, this is the question. Should conflict be sought when an injustice is present? How important are ethics when it comes to conflict? What does Ludovico mean when he says And it strikes me that I am starting to learn a thing or two about science. P22 Ludovico knows that Galileo has stolen the idea for the telescope and is making money from it. Scene 3 How powerful are words? When Galileo says Today mankind can write in its diary: Got rid of Heaven how are his words inflamatory? p24 Stealing? Is it ever right to steal? What about intellectual property, eg ideas? What about music downloaded but not paid for? Who suffers the consequences of these types of actions? What type of conflict is involved in these types of acts? Galileo justifies his theft of intellectual property. P26

How is conflict fueled when one party is being unreasonable? How you do know the difference between being unreasonable and simply having a different point of view? p29 Proof and reason How important are friends in helping us to negotiate and cope with conflict? What are the consequences if we dont at least consider our friends point of view? Sagredo points out some truths to Galileo p32 Scene 4 Is there ever a time when violence is the right way to resolve conflict? Cosimo and Andrea physically fight in Galileos study p36&37 World view/different perspectives. How does having a radically different perspective impact on the way conflict is resolved? The Philosopher,the Theologian and the Mathematician all examine Galileos research p37-39 Is truth relative? Will truth always win over authority? Truth is born of the times, not of authority Galileo p42 Scene 5 How does fear motivate people? How does fear fuel conflict? What are some things that people are afraid of? The plague has arrived. How do misunderstandings and superstition create conflict? Theyre trying to make noises to drive away the clouds with the plague seeds in them p48 Scene 6 Keeping secrets? Do secrets damage people? How? When is a time in your own life when you remember keeping a secret and it caused you trouble? It is important to be brave and tell? Why? The papal astronomers confirm Galileos findings but none of them want to challenge the Cardinals view. Challenging authority when should you challenge authority? When should you let it go?

Risk taking: Is it important in resolving conflict to be able to take risks? What if it backfires?

Scene 7 What happens when conflict builds into a societal issue and is out of any one persons control? People are talking about Galileo and he has no control over what they are saying. p56

Scene 8 What are the dangers of not adhering to an ethical point of view? the potential dangers for humanity in wholly unrestricted research The Little Monk p64 Brecht refers here to the experimentation that was conducted on many people during world war 2. The idea of bribery and putting personal comfort before what is right. If I were to agree to keep my mouth shut my motives would be thoroughly low ones: an easy life, freedom from persecution and so on." Galileo p67 Truth But dont you think that the truth will get through without us, so long as it is true? The Little Monk p68 Scene 9 How do perceived threat and real threat differ? What impact does it have on your life to live with threat? how does it change the way you deal with conflict? "Rome allowed me to get a reputation because I said nothing...Nor can I afford to be roasted over a wood fire like a ham." Galileo p73 How much are people willing to sacrifice in order to get what they really want? How does this cause conflict? Galileo sacrifices Virginias engagement to Ludovico. Self-justification: how do we see the plain and obvious in others but fail to see it in ourselves? "That man'll weight his pieces of ice fifty times over, but as soon as it's something that suits his book he believes it blindly." Mrs Sarti p78 Choosing to do something radical can often lead to conflict. What is something radical that different people in history have chosen to do?

Galileo declares that he will publish his findings in the language of the everyday person, thus making knowledge available to the masses rather than keeping it sacred and under the control of the few. Scene 10 Social change "For independent spirit spreads like foul diseases." The Ballad Singer p87

The power of word: do words have power? Does it matter how you say something? Galileo Galilei, the bible-buster The Ballad Singer p85 Scene 11 Suffering the consequences of something you cant control The blame Galileo for pamphlets being circulated that say the Bible isn't true. p87 Naivety: How does being nave impact on the way that you view the world, and the way you view the conflict you experience? Does this lead to a victim mentality? Ive written a book about the mechanics of the universe, thats all. Galileo p88 What happens when it is too little too late? Is there any way to recover when things have been left too long? Galileo finally took notice of the threat, but he left it too late and was unable to escape. P90

Scene 12 How does rapid change in the world cause conflict? What about the people who miss out? What about those who seem to have everything? It is fair that some have more than others? How do you keep up with the newest of everything and also look after those who have very little? The Pope and The Inquisitor discuss the rapid changes happening in the world. Scene 13 Does giving in mean that you have lost? Why do people give in? What situations can be occurring that would make this option seem like the best one? Galileo recants his position. Did he lose? Why does he recant? p96

How is conflict resolution made more difficult when one person is angry? Andrea yells at Galileo. P98 Scene 14 When is it right to give and right to stand? Does giving in require a full change of belief (as Virginia believed had happened)or can you recant and still hold to your original beliefs? Galileo pretends to be what is required but secretly continues to write what is in his heart.

Can action, based on the belief of truth, ever be held back? What does this imply for the creation and resolution of conflict?

Scene 15 Will truth always triumph? Brecht believes that the fundamental truth will win in the end. What do you think? Andrea is opening and reading Galileo's book, although he says it is Aristole's.

How does science create conflict? How can it help to resolve it?