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A brief history of religion in art – TED-Ed

A brief history of religion in art – TED-Ed

It’s only been the last few hundreds years or so that Western civilization has been putting art in museums, at least museums resembling the public institutions we know today. Before this, for most, art served other purposes. What we call fine art today was, in fact, primarily how people experienced an aesthetic dimension of religion. …

The history of marriage – Alex Gendler

The history of marriage – Alex Gendler

There have been many different things written and said about marriage. From the sweetly inspirational to the hilariously cynical. But what many of them have in common is that they sound like they express a universal and timeless truth, when in fact nearly everything about marriage, from its main purpose to the kinds of relationships …

The history of tattoos – Addison Anderson

The history of tattoos – Addison Anderson

Thinking of getting a tattoo? Decorating your birthday suit would add another personal story to a history of tattoos stretching back at least 8000 years. Tattooed mummies from around the world attest to the universality of body modification across the millennia, and to the fact that you really were stuck with it forever if your …

The true story of ‘true’ – Gina Cooke

The true story of ‘true’ – Gina Cooke

Everyone knows that stories are made up of words, from short poems to epic novels. But did you know that a single word itself can tell an entire story? You see, just as we can look at a story’s plot, setting, and characters, we can also study the history of an individual word, where it …

How tsunamis work – Alex Gendler

How tsunamis work – Alex Gendler

In 479 BC, when Persian soldiers besieged the Greek city of Potidaea, the tide retreated much farther than usual, leaving a convenient invasion route. But this wasn’t a stroke of luck. Before they had crossed halfway, the water returned in a wave higher than anyone had ever seen, drowning the attackers. The Potiidaeans believed they …

What is the world wide web? – Twila Camp

What is the world wide web? – Twila Camp

The World Wide Web, where you’re likely watching this video, is used by millions of people every day for everything from checking the weather, ordering food, and chatting with friends to raising funds, sharing news, or starting revolutions. We use it from our computers, our phones, even our cars. It’s just there, all around us, …