A Beautiful Mind

Ghostbusters (1984)

Concept featured in clip: Observation
Location of clip: 0:04:00-0:10:00 (DVD)


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Summary of clip: In this clip the Ghost Busters are in an old library searching for a ghost which is haunting the building. They locate her by following the clues the ghost left behind.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip is a fantastic example of the observation step of the scientific method. The Ghost Busters are using the basic characteristics of observation, such as sight, smell and hearing to learn more about the ghost in hopes to be able to locate her. They then take samples of the ghost's"slime" so they can observe it specifically and analyze it in order to find out even more information.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

2. Teachers should be sure that students are paying very close attention to the words being spoken by the Ghost Busters about observation such as "look" and "listen" etc.

3. Teachers could use this to prompt a discussion about the importance of observation.

- What can one learn through observation?

4. Can use this to prompt a discussion on the characteristics of observation.

- What other ways are there to observe that the Ghost Busters didn't use.
- Is any one characteristic better than another?