Friday, June 18, 2010

Knowledge is Power

I just found these two videos this morning and they are truly amazing.

This first one describes in scientific terms the anthropological history of human empathy and how some of us have extended our compassion to other species and the planet.



The second one describes the psychological and social nature of different time zones and cities and how it affects our mentality and health.



Each is ten minutes long but will fly by because of the revolutionary way in which they are presented with visual and verbal information in an easy-to-absorb formula. A brilliant way to appeal to both verbal and visual learners simultaneously.

Do yourself a favor and watch them both. If you dig these half as much as I did, you'll be halfway to China.

9 comments:

Watashiii said...

RSAnimate is always great and inspiring to watch and drawings are beautiful. Too bad that TED talks don't have animated versions since some of them are even better then RSA talks

Eileen M. said...

THANK YOU for posting these! The first one relates to something I'm working on, and the second was fascinating as well. Dig 'em all the way China.

Ssteppe said...

You're right - they do go by fast, especially the 2nd one. And as an educator, I found some of the content of the 2nd one alarming.

It also explains some of the lack of attention in the classroom...

monsterzero said...

WOW! i wish i could draw that fast! Just think how much more time i would have to play video games!

Anonymous said...

I really feel for that first speaker. I know what he was trying to say, but he extrapolated quite a bit to get to his conclusions. We are empathetic creatures, therefore, if we empathize with animals and the planet, we can save them? That does not follow. If we were empathetic with all other humans, wouldn't that have the same effect?

Furthermore, he deliberately misleads the viewer when he speaks about Adam and Eve, saying that the Bible got it right. The two individuals that he speaks of didn't live at the same time. They were not mated. And if you go by the number of ancestors we share, there are undoubtedly hundreds or even thousands of Adams and Eves.

On the other hand, Zimbardo's talk was great.

Anonymous said...

Dan, this is a perfect example of why I love your blog posts - sharing the 'toons is only a small part of it. It's _your_ personality, viewpoint, and broad, sardonic sense of humor, and the things you're interested in and talk about. Keep on keepin' on, man, and even when you can't hold a pen any more, I hope you're still blogging!

RBS-fr-BA/OK

John said...

If every classroom had a cartoonist, the world would be a better place.

Anonymous said...

Your blog is wonderful. Thanks for the vieo clips by RSA! Keep up the good work.

ojeano said...

I absolutely LOVE these! Thank you! I'm sharing them with friends, quite a few of whom are educators. They appeal to my present time hedonism, ta-boot!