In this TED Talk, author, philosopher, prankster and journalist AJ Jacobs talks about the year he spent living biblically — following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.
Jacobs is author of The Know-It-All, which documents the year he spent reading the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z, uncovering both funny and surprising factoids but also poignant insight into history and human nature. In 2007 he released The Year of Living Biblically, in which he attempted to follow every single rule in the Bible as literally as possible for an entire year. His recent book The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment is a collection of numerous personal experiments. including living according to George Washington’s rules of conduct, outsourcing every single task to India, and posing as a woman on an online dating site.