A Darwinian Theory of Beauty, or TED Does Its Best RSA

You have undoubtedly seen one, if not many, of RSA’s catchy videos during the past year. They feature the words of thought leaders accompanied by the fast-moving animation of Andrew Park. Along the way, we have featured RSA talks by Daniel Pink, Sir Ken Robinson, and Barbara Ehrenreich, among others.

The RSA videos have always struck me as a good alternative, or perhaps complement, to the more well-known TED videos. TED developed its style of presentation – speakers presenting on a live stage in a crisp 18 minutes (or less). Then RSA rolled out its distinctive animated videos. And now this: TED has Andrew Park animate Denis Dutton’s talk – A Darwinian Theory of Beauty – in RSA style. Intriguing talk. But a strange move on TED’s part. Hopefully, it’s just a one-off, and not a jump-the-shark moment…

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