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I recently picked up this hobby of watching pop education videos on youtube. History, science, technology, futurology, philosophy etc. It really passes the time. And a quick 10 minute tidbit is very relaxing.

I especially find the science, technology, futurology, AI videos very uplifting from the usual pessimism I dwell on.
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It's not dangerous. It's no worse than the flu. Most people never even develop symptoms.


5 things I didn't know I wanted to know about power outages and what linemen do.

A lot of things I took for granted are actually pretty interesting and it seems this is one of them.



>It's no worse than the flu.
It's worse and about as contagious. Bad combination for us humans.


Bubonic plague had a mortality rate of over 50%. The Chinese Flu has a mortality rate of less than 1%. It's really not that bad.


With modern medicine the bubonic plague would have a very low mortality rate. If corona was around 100 years ago it would be really scary, probably much worse than the spanish flu and depending on how well an imunization works or how well immunity builds up it still could be if this thing sticks around for a couple of decades.


>If corona was around 100 years ago it would be really scary
If corona was around 10 years ago it would be treated the same way swine flu was. Without widespread internet literacy the whole "shut down society" thing is kind of impossible. Unless you want people to actually start starving to death.

We have modern medicine now. It's kind of stupid to pretend that this disease is any real threat at all to society when the mortality rate is so low and like 40% of people don't even get any symptoms. In the past, reality would keep media panic loops like this in check, but now that the internet is a thing I suppose we have to look forward to a recession and bureaucrats rushing to erode civil liberties as quickly as possible every time a mildly scary new disease pops up.


Anyone got good videos on quantum immortality?


Do we look like a search engine to you?


A bit about blood types with a focus on the rarest blood type in the world.


Regular flu ~ contagious but mild <1% death rate among the infected
Ebola ~ certain death but not contagious
Covid-19 is somewhere in between. Sure, you may survive it but not before passing it on to 3 or 4 others. Exponential growth ~ do you comprehend it?


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The Thought Emporium
When we think of science and scientists, we tend to think of people in perfect white lab coats, working in a shiny and expensive lab. Well I'm here to break that image. From biohacking and biology, to nuclear physics and nanotech, any topic is fair game. I don't just talk about concept and theory, I do the real science. Under controlled conditions, I'll use high voltage, corrosive solutions, extreme temperatures and more to create some very exciting machines and materials. Best of all, I'll show all of it can be done at home using as many off the shelf and DIY parts as possible.



I enjoyed this. There's a whole series of videos like them too.


How Detectives Caught the Golden State Killer—and Unleashed a Catastrophe for Civil Liberties


Have no clue why people trust those DNA companies. I've been tempted to order one of those tests in the past just for shits but the idea of my whole genome being locked away in some corporate archive is just too dystopic to consider imo.


If one of your relatives does it then you're still screwed.


I remember watching this video on chlorine production in Britain that was very similar to this style, but I haven't been able to find it ever since.


AIM-9 Sidewinder.


Proximity Fuse – The Most Crucial Technological Development of WW2 after the atomic bomb & radar.




Details dozens of studies related to work, unemployment, happiness, and life fulfillment.


20 minutes in and this is the most normie shit I've ever heard. Does it get any better, or does it just keep doubling down?


I don't know what you are talking about.
It just goes over the research in a objective and scientific fashion with the occasional joke thrown in to keep things from getting too dry.

What do you mean by "normie shit"?
What do you mean by "get better?
Double down on what?


not him but I don't think sociology can be objective, with stats and derivations based on those stats. The case definitely isn't helped by the fact that people casually lie on surveys all the time. I expected a more philosophy based analysis


>I expected a more philosophy based analysis
Why? This isn't a philosophy thread.
Just because you have a bias against the field in general doesn't mean that quantitative methodology can't be applied to sociology, which is the case in the video.



it aint really a bias. quantitative methods applied to sociology, at one particular point in the video, said that 'people who work make more money than those who dont'. This is admittedly the weakest example but even the main point of the video — not working while getting money makes you 'happy' but being 'happy' isn't necessarily a predictor of long term happiness doesn't feel like a profound point. Philosophy is my preferred 'edutainment' because its always profound


I am not seeing what you argument is here beside the video simply not being to your preference.


I found the worst informative channel on the internet


it's gone now

nobody would have watched it anyway, so i might as well get rid of it for your sake


Meh, it's ok for trivia I guess.


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Sounds like I upset you. Are you a female?

In general, here are the cognitive faults I find with it:
1 - There's a cognitive trick that's being used VERY frequently recently. Cite the hell out of a bunch of random facts, and then throw in uncited opinions in the middle of that stew. The uncited opinions get taken as true. E.g., and this should come as no surprise that I'm mentioning this as the stickling point given the forum we're on, how the narrator kept harping on about "sex is a human need." Notice the lack of citation on that one? Or, dropping a bunch of studies…and then throwing Nicomachean Ethics in the middle there.
2 - Another trick is to point out cited studies, but no way to actually find them for the actual audience. Or to give a way to find certain studies, but the ones that are really bad studies or studies taken completely out of context you only mention an author without the title at all. This video did a lot of this.
3 - When you can find it, it's either p-hacking (I think the replication crisis is proof enough of this), the author has some pretty severe biases (most meditation studies fall prey to this, if you look into the paper it was either funded by a Buddhist center or one of the authors is a practicing Buddhist, I don't think I've been able to find a meditation study that didn't have one of those two qualities), or the methodology is just poor.

As to your questions:
>What do you mean by "normie shit"?
>What do you mean by "get better?
>Double down on what?
Do they stop playing the whole "You need to have sex and get more friends" angle at any point in the video? In other words, all the stuff that flies in the face of rules 2 through 4 of this board?


>Starts off with personal insults for no reason
Not wasting my time


Weird flex, but fair. Honestly, I'm kind of surprised you didn't start off the same way, since that's kind of how things fly on the internet.



Why yes I do have autism and have been binging videos about trains lately, lol.


Why are metals so stretchy?

Pretty cool video.



wow I had no idea they were going to build one of these in the US. The first leg will actually be passing through my city too. Very exciting.


I wouldn't hold my breath.
HSR projects tend to be vaporware in the US for a number of reasons.
Until it is actually running and being profitable I will continue to doubt the project.
Super cool if they pull it off though.


Why our generals were more successful in World War II


History never repeats..


Cool thread. I too would like to add my findings.
The series is called The mystery of Matter, I really found it interesting
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3Gt5IOjAuc
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbuDmY5gpXQ
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWQZE0HPoAY



I don't know if this is educational, but it was for me because I don't understand metaphors. It was nice to have them explained


I think understanding metaphors comes mostly from consuming media for a long time in a mindful way, wondering why each scene is depicted in that specific way, it makes consuming stuff more personal for me, and no matter what crap I consume, there is always something I can get from it that helps me develop probably, maybe I just consumed too much already.


This thread isn't about what is or isn't useful to wizards in particular.


Most of those are pop-science shit. You are not seeking knowledge by watching them, just following the "I fucking love science" group.



How glass is recycled and some of the things that recycled glass is used for.

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