Pre Thinking:

Once upon a time, in the Canadian Arctic, near the North Pole there lived a camel. Sounds like the beginning of a joke or the first line of a fantasy kid’s book – right?

Not so!

The truth about the camel in the high arctic is stranger than any fiction could present.

This talk shows the methods of inquiry used by science.


Who is he:

Latif Nasser is a partnership coordinator at Nottingham Trent University, in England and a regular contributor to NPRs Radio Lab.

Why you should view:

When we think of science, we often think of technology giving us huge insights into our world, and, indeed, our place in the universe. What we sometimes forget is that great discoveries often being with keen observations; noticing something that seems out of place. In addition to observation, discovery takes persistence.

This talk shows how scientists piece together the present to give us the story of our past.

Discussion questions:

  1. How did the design of the camel, that protected it in the Arctic, adapt it for life in hot deserts?
  2. Latif says that the story of the camel is actually a story of how we see the world. What does he mean by that?
  3. Do some research to discover other astonishing “facts” that maybe were not as they seemed (hint, you might start with canals on Mars).
  4. How can a tiny discovery force us to reformulate everything you thought you knew about a subject?

Making connections:

You can hear stories like this one on NPRs, Radio Lab. Here is an online link to archived shows to get you started:


You have no idea where camels really come from With Latif Nasser


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