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How hip-hop helps us understand science | Danielle N. Lee

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In the early 1990s, a scandal rocked evolutionary biology: scientists discovered that songbirds — once thought to be strictly monogamous — engaged in what's politely called "extra-pair copulation." In this unforgettable biology lesson on animal infidelity, TED Fellow Danielle N. Lee shows how she uses hip-hop to teach science, leading the crowd in an updated version of Naughty by Nature's hit "O.P.P."

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27 Comments on How hip-hop helps us understand science | Danielle N. Lee

  1. O'SSÉIN - Master Your Mind With Me // 14th May 2019 at 4:11 pm // Reply

    *Or maybe the other way around?*

    • Louis Cotteta // 14th May 2019 at 5:44 pm // Reply

      your father i mean hip hop raps about murder and drugs more than any other genre. Name another genre that does?

    • your father // 14th May 2019 at 7:14 pm // Reply

      ​+Louis Cotteta Metal. If hip-hops subject matter was half as explicit as metals is, it would be banned. But even if hip hop does have a fair share of songs about drugs and gangbanging, it’s still not fair to just dismiss the genre. Some of the best musicians of this generation are hip-hop artists.

    • Louis Cotteta // 14th May 2019 at 7:20 pm // Reply

      your father Fair, metal has some horrible undertones and I would rank it as second worst (under hip-hop). The reason is because hip hop is a lot more widely listened to and normalized into our culture. I appreciate the civil response 🙂

    • Louis Cotteta
      I agree with you but it wasn’t black artist that self promoted gangsta rap, at least not at first.
      People will sell whatever there is a demand for, TV, Hollywood or record labels all push extremist
      Media because of societies demand that makes these acceptable.

    • Louis Cotteta // 14th May 2019 at 9:50 pm // Reply

      Mike C i dont think it has anything to do with the color of the consumers. It has to do with hip-hop being so mainstream and accessible to so many people

  2. Matthew Withum // 14th May 2019 at 4:19 pm // Reply


  3. Old Man Marx // 14th May 2019 at 4:31 pm // Reply

    Fun video…taught me nothing about how hip hop helps people learn science though

  4. there we go….

  5. mejestic 12 // 14th May 2019 at 5:28 pm // Reply

    How Snoop Dogg teach us m- theory

  6. Julian Walker // 14th May 2019 at 6:31 pm // Reply

    This is super fun, but the central premise is fairly flimsy.

  7. Hans Schmidt // 14th May 2019 at 6:36 pm // Reply

    u can’t touch this.

  8. Burdflu C-William // 14th May 2019 at 8:09 pm // Reply

    GZA for the followup?

  9. Everyone wears a mask // 14th May 2019 at 8:43 pm // Reply

    Amusing, but a bit of a reach.

  10. Matheus Deglan // 14th May 2019 at 9:13 pm // Reply

    haw ya doing?

  11. It’s sad to see how many people jumped to conclusions and disliked the video before even watching it wow

    • Tidds McBiggles // 14th May 2019 at 11:01 pm // Reply

      What did you learn about hip-hop and it’s direct correlation to science understanding from this TED talk?

  12. Albert The Writer // 14th May 2019 at 9:46 pm // Reply

    Ted Pop Culture.

  13. Shamira Jones // 14th May 2019 at 10:25 pm // Reply

    I do not like hip hop…but…cool video I guess…

  14. Sesshyru Hanma // 14th May 2019 at 10:32 pm // Reply

    Just clicked to see how many thumbs down there are. I am not disappointed. haha

  15. Taav Jorden // 14th May 2019 at 10:50 pm // Reply

    Any tool that can improve learning and knowledge retention is, by its basic definition, good!

  16. Tidds McBiggles // 14th May 2019 at 10:56 pm // Reply

    Who is “us”?

  17. حامد سلطانی // 14th May 2019 at 10:58 pm // Reply

    ما که از صحبت های این بابا چیزی سر در نیاوردیم

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