We live in a complicated world with different ideologies, cultures, beliefs, knowledge and experiences. The combination of our experiences shapes the lens through which we perceive the world. By expanding our exposure to the realities that exists, we are able to have a better grasp at life and only through knowledge and experience, can we truly become the architect of our world.
Once you get past, what I like to call the “wall of crap” on YouTube, there are some pretty interesting stuff out there. There are some pretty cool vlogs interesting “how to” videos and countless fitness guru’s expertise. From an entire conference speech given by very successful individuals, which may usually costs hundreds to attend, to how to perfectly bake a deliciously rich banana bread on your first try. Maybe you want to learn how to potty train that cute puppy you just adopted without telling your roommates or maybe you want to learn some calculus because you’re tired of everyone around you talking about the L’Hospital’s rule all the time. You just have to know what you’re looking for, and where to look. Once you figure that out, you’ll find that there is an entire community of people, who share your interests and are there to teach, learn and share.
Anyways, here are a couple of channels that I feel have made a significant difference in my life.
Founded by a Swiss born philosopher, Alain de Botton in 2008, The School of Life is an educational organization that offers variety of insights in many of the psychological challenges that we face daily but have often neglected to take the time to learn about. Their YouTube channel features many videos on many aspects of life such as remaining calm, finding meaning in work, managing relationships, mastering oneself, summaries of different philosophies, political theories, and literature, self improvement, and plethora of other videos that will be sure leave you thinking. The videos are usually very quick, short, and to the point; and if you are a visual learner like me, then you will find that the animations are very simple and does an excellent job providing visual descriptions to such complicated topics.
What I like about Big Think is that they have topics that range from anything to everything. And on top of that, the videos have guests from different range of fields and are excellent explainers. For innovators, creative thinkers, as well as the admirer of those, this is a phenomenal channel to follow. Their videos are also often short and sweet, however, they do have longer discussion on bigger topics. If those topics interest you, they are definitely worth your time.
Seeker Daily, which was TestTube news, not too long ago is probably one of my favorite channels on YouTube. They post videos daily (I think), not only about what is going on around the world, but also about the world itself. Their videos have ranged from information on Monarchy, UN, the two parties, doomsday vaults, human rights, the powers of different countries and their militaries, travel restrictions based on your passport and many, many, many more. You can literally spend hours on this channel and learn so many things. Of course, you will by no means become an expert in those topics, as the videos are all typically under 4 minutes, however, you will be surprised by how brilliantly these folks have been able to give us so much information in so little time.
Seeker daily is only one of the channels that are produced by the seeker network. Other channels include DNews, which provides short science videos, and Seeker Stories, which has short stories “of the world’s most unique individuals, places and cultures.” Seriously, check out all of their related channels because they’re all worth the time. I just personally like seeker daily the most because they upload videos most often and they’re under 4 minutes each.
Being a visual learner, I have to see the overall picture of what I’m learning, before I can go back and study the details. Just a side note, figure out what kind of learner you are. It can help you tremendously throughout life.
Anyways, back to the topic. Crash course, provides easy to follow videos on subjects ranging from philosophy, physics, literature, art history, government and politics, anatomy, psychology, economics, and many more. The great thing about these videos is they provide you with a condensed, animated and visual version of the topics that you would basically cover in a semester of introductory class. The Green brothers, who partnered with PBS and have been providing quality lessons for years. Be warned though, if you have a shorter attention span, their videos are about 10 minutes long and covers a set of main ideas. Usually each subjects have anywhere from 10 videos to well over 40 videos. I am by no means suggesting that you could skip your entire semester of Astronomy class and watch these videos and learn the same things however, this can prove to be an excellent source that can provide you with an overview on the subject.