Many people have heard of TED talks, but if you haven’t, you’ll want to check them out! These are short talks (less than 15 minutes long) on every sort of topic imaginable, given by expert speakers. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and the motto is “ideas worth spreading.” A conference is held each year with various speakers, and the videos are posted online at this website: https://www.ted.com/. If you’re interested in Anthropology, here’s 14 TED talks you definitely should watch!
The worldwide web of belief and ritual https://www.ted.com/talks/wade_davis_the_worldwide_web_of_belief_and_ritual
The anthropology of mobile phones https://www.ted.com/talks/jan_chipchase_the_anthropology_of_mobile_phones
Dreams from endangered cultures https://www.ted.com/talks/wade_davis_dreams_from_endangered_cultures
To find your perfect mate, think like an evolutionist https://www.ted.com/talks/david_puts_to_find_your_perfect_mate_think_like_an_evolutionist
Skin color is an illusion https://www.ted.com/talks/nina_jablonski_skin_color_is_an_illusion
A dig for humanity’s origins https://www.ted.com/talks/louise_leakey_a_dig_for_humanity_s_origins
A history of indigenous languages – and how to revitalize them https://www.ted.com/talks/lindsay_morcom_a_history_of_indigenous_languages_and_how_to_revitalize_them
How to save a language from extinction https://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_bogre_udell_how_to_save_a_language_from_extinction
How language shapes the way we think https://www.ted.com/talks/lera_boroditsky_how_language_shapes_the_way_we_think
Why are these 32 symbols found in ancient caves all over Europe? https://www.ted.com/talks/genevieve_von_petzinger_why_are_these_32_symbols_found_in_ancient_caves_all_over_europe
Help discover ancient ruins – before it’s too late https://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_parcak_help_discover_ancient_ruins_before_it_s_too_late#t-825489
Let’s think about archaeology on the moon https://www.ted.com/talks/alice_gorman_let_s_think_about_archaeology_on_the_moon
A forensic anthropologist who brings closure for the disappeared https://www.ted.com/talks/fredy_peccerelli_a_forensic_anthropologist_who_brings_closure_for_the_disappeared
How vultures can help solve crimes https://www.ted.com/talks/lauren_pharr_how_vultures_can_help_solve_crimes
I hope you enjoyed this list of 14 TED Talks you should watch if you’re interested in Anthropology! While there are many more great Anthropology-related TED talks, this list will at least get you started. If there is an Anthropology-related TED talk that you think should be included in a future post, just comment below or send me a message.
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