Embracing the differences of the past

Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, historian, author, broadcaster, and award-winning academic, presents a TED Talk (Technology, Entertainment, Design) on how to discuss history through its differences from modern life instead of its similarities. The 14-minute video is available on YouTube.

From the video description:

People tend to overemphasize similarities and ignore differences when comparing the present with the past, says Suzannah Lipscomb. But differences have a lot to teach us. At TEDxSPS, she examines how analyzing the habits of our ancestors might give us a greater appreciation and understanding of people today. The presentation was given at TEDxSPS event on February 15, 2013.

TED is a nonprofit agency devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.