Between all the narcissistic vloggers, mindless gaming streams and makeup tutorials, there is thankfully some learning to be had on YouTube.
Here are 9 YouTube Channels that make you smarter:
Derek Muller started producing education content for YouTube in 2011 and is still going strong. Typically, he poses scientific questions to random people walking by, in order to find out what the common misconceptions are about that subject. He then goes on to give the answer by interviewing experts in the field and doing experiments.
You must have seen at least one of their cutely animated explanation videos. Kurzgesagt publishes one video every month in a unique art style that captures difficult topics in bite-sized explanations. They don’t shy away from difficult topics like our immune system, global warming, black holes, quantum computers, or loneliness.
If you are into self-improvement, you should definitely check out FreshSaga’s YouTube channel. You’ll find videos on how to get out of your quarter-life crisis, fight procrastination and explainer videos on different personality types.
Jared is 3D animator from the United States, who makes beautiful animations on how things work. His videos unveil the inner mechanics of everyday items and complex machinery, so that we can take a closer look at all the engineering that’s normally not visible to the naked eye.
CrashCourse publish educational videos on a weekly basis on a wide variety of topics. These topics include History, Physics, Chemistry, Math and Computer Science, and they are all nicely divided into playlists.
Fellow Dutchman Einzelgänger has a very interesting channel on philosophical topics. With his videos, he applies philosophical, religious and psychological views on everyday situations. Some of his most popular videos are on Taoism, Stoicism and the art of letting go.
Naval Ravikant has appeared on several podcasts, included the Joe Rogan Experience, which catapulted him to the attention of a bigger audience. On his YouTube channel, he shares some of his wisdom through podcasts, perfect for when you’re taking a walk or laying on the couch. I strongly recommend that you listen to his
For some lighter infotainment, you can check out Bright Side. They upload a mind-boggling three video per day that seek to spark inspiration, creativity and wonder. You can expect animated clips on self-improvement tips, day-to-day routines, psychology, true stories and a bunch of riddles to keep your mind challenged.
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