Rajesh Rao: A Rosetta Stone for the Indus Script

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Rajesh shares his knowledge about the Indus Script--a long lost language that has not been deciphered. He challenges his audience to care that this language has been lost. What would it reveal if became understood? What would we as a species discover? He introduced a few different hypotheses regarding the use and origin of the script.  With a background is neuroscience, Rajesh's day job consisted of creating computer models showing how the brain worked. Rajesh's fascination with the Indus Script followed him all the way from middle school. Recently, he had the opportunity to collaborate with other scientists that were using computing power to study the Indus script. He joined their team and starting studying the patterns and directionality of ancient messages. The rest of his presentation he continues sharing his fascination and speculating what the whole code could reveal.

 

            In regards to content, Rajesh used several parallels from the present and past to help portray his message. His presentation was very factual and strongly evidence based. His examples such as belief= bee leaf provided a solid understanding of the point he was trying to tell. He also started his presentation with an imagination exercise that helped the audience relate to the examples he was about to show.


            Overall, I felt his delivery was very westernized. He had a very outlined message and followed his slides with precision. He used graphs, pictures, sculptures, and other visuals as reference. One aspect I did notice was his high rate of speech and a relatively strong accent. Additionally he used his hands when he spoke but at times kept them relatively close to his body. The westernization of the presentation especially showed when making references to an "Ancient Wheel of Fortune" and other subtle jokes. In comparison to Dan Pink, Rajesh wasn't as outgoing and was seemingly a little more reserved. Additionally he didn't make jokes about himself. But ultimately, Rajesh's presentation was much more westernized than that of the other Indian speaker we viewed.

                                                   

http://video.ted.com/talk/podcast/2011/None/RajeshRao_2011-light.mp4

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