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February 19, 2011 2:09 AM   Subscribe

The Royal Society has a great video that animates one of Steven Pinker’s lectures on ‘Language as a Window into Human Nature’. View the full lecture at the RSA. (via Mindhacks)
posted by Lezzles (10 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

 
Look forward to watching this. The two other RSA Animate videos I have seen have been excellent.

Ken Robinson on Educational paradigms

David Harvey - Crises of capitalism

Masterful stuff. I'm just slightly concerned that I find this format so persuasive, you might be able to animate some old speech by Fritz Lens advocating eugenics and I'd end up thinking it was a good idea ;)
posted by Neil Hunt at 3:23 AM on February 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


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posted by narcotizingdysfunction at 3:57 AM on February 19, 2011


Note: this isn't the Royal Society, which is an elite society of scientists . It's the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, which is a much larger members' organisation of thinkers and doers. Each of the 27,000 fellows pays £150 a year to be a member.

Having attended RSA events and knowing plenty of members, I must say that the RSA is pretty awesome.
posted by honest knave at 7:00 AM on February 19, 2011


Yeah, I came in here for Royal Society clarification. There's kind of a lot of them...
posted by Brockles at 7:46 AM on February 19, 2011


"The emporor has no clothes."

Just sayin'.

(Also, I love Steven Pinker and Politeness Theory and RSA and therefore this post x3 and more, so thanks all around!)
posted by iamkimiam at 8:11 AM on February 19, 2011


Lezzlies, are you in my composition class? I just showed them this yesterday. I've used the Ken Robinson one before too. They like funny pictures.
posted by Kitty Stardust at 10:30 AM on February 19, 2011


Lezzlies, are you in my composition class?

Nope. But students, especially ESL students, do seem to like them.
posted by Lezzles at 12:24 PM on February 19, 2011


Agreed. These are great ways to introduce new concepts for classroom discussion. I really want more of these.
posted by Kitty Stardust at 8:22 PM on February 19, 2011


The RSA folks and their contractor have really gotten the whiteboard technique down cold. I created a similar piece last autumn and, despite having decades of production and post experience, found it to be rather challenging.
posted by bz at 2:39 PM on February 20, 2011


I'm pretty much addicted to these RSA videos. For some reason the animation just seems to stick in my head better than any (primarily) verbal lecture did in college.
posted by unintelligentlydesigned at 7:44 AM on February 21, 2011


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