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Do you have any extra-informative videos you'd care to share with us? (Details)

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (19041points) March 23rd, 2011

I love when videos can explain something quickly that it often takes teachers a couple of lectures to do (or the assigned text a couple chapters to do). So inspired by this video explaining the difference between Great Britain, England, and all that other confusing stuff, do you have any videos that quickly explain confusing things really well that you’d care to share?

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Cruiser's avatar

Here’s one I wish I had in High School…

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Cruiser Omg, she has perfect skin. How did they airbrush the video?

Cruiser's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs That would be a different “how to” vid

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Cruiser Right, right. Even still, if I can’t see any imperfections before, and I can’t see any imperfections later, and I can’t see any crap on the glue, how am I supposed to know that you’re not just screwing with me?? Course, I’m still running out to buy some glue to try it.

Judi's avatar

All “the story of” videos. Start at, thestoryofstuff.com, then watch the other videos. The Story of Bottled Water, The Story of Cap and Trade, The Story of Cosmetics, The Story of Citizens United vs the FEC….
They are all great.

Cruiser's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs Her mistake was using white glue. IMO a 2 part epoxy would be a much better choice. Let me know how your test comes out!

Ladymia69's avatar

I like Drunken History to get it in a nutshell. This one is about Tesla. And this one is about Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. I have had conversations like this before. Good stuff.

I love the Professor Brothers’ history videos. Like this and this . But they are not really true.

tranquilsea's avatar

Money As Debt, although not exactly short at 47 minutes, is enormously informative if you want the dirt on our monetary system.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

This one is on the imperial history of the Middle East (and a lot of the rest of the world), and this one does the same thing, but for religion. Each are 90 seconds.

ETpro's avatar

I nominate this series of 6, that explain what’s going on with union busting and political crises being sued as a pretext to cut services and even raise taxes on the poor while giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy and to corporations: Dr. Klien’s “Policy Alternatives” speech at the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives
■   Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine 1/6
■   Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine 2/6
■   Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine 3/6
■   Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine 4/6
■   Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine 5/6
■   Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine 6/6

Ladymia69's avatar

I still enjoy my links the best. :)

tranquilsea's avatar

@ETpro I don’t think Naomi Klein is a doctor. She’s a great political activist, author and public speaker.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Three Minute Philosophy is a YouTube series that presents fairly mainstream interpretations of various philosophers in humorous ways.

David Hume episode
Heraclitus and Parmenides episode

This bit of practical mathematics is pretty fascinating, too.

There are also plenty of informative George Carlin videos on YouTube, though I suppose the information presented in them is more subject to controversy.

tranquilsea's avatar

One of Naomi Klein’s first documentaries is one called, The Take A great perspective on multinationals and what they’ll do to your country with weak protections in place.

ETpro's avatar

@ladymia69 I looked her up. You are right, she doesn’t have a PhD. I just assumed by her brilliance as a researcher and her articulate discussion that she must. Thanks, and sorry for having misinformed.

@SavoirFaire Absolutely outstanding. I have got to get into those doodle games.

Ladymia69's avatar

@ETpro I think you were speaking with @tranquilsea , dear.

tranquilsea's avatar

@ETpro not a big deal. I hummed and hawed over even mentioning it. I have followed Naomi Klein fairly closely and I have a lot of respect for her. She’s gathered a lot of information in her travels and advocacy work that she should get an honorary doctorate.

Ladymia69's avatar

@SavoirFaire Dear God, that fellow speaks far too fast for me to keep up or digest any of the material. I was hoping it would be simplified somehow. why does philosophy always have to include a preponderance of words??

ETpro's avatar

Oops, sorry @ladymia69 & @tranquilsea.

@ladymia69 Since philosophers can’t precisely decide wether they even exist or whether anything can really move, they have to use a lot of big words and talk very fast to avoid you catching on to the fact they know no more about the truth of being than you do.

I don’t exist, but within me exists everything I conceive to be in the Universe.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@ladymia69 Prolixity is our vocation! Seriously, though, I think the rapidity is just part of being limited to three minutes. It is pretty simplified relative to what a course on some of these people would be like. As for a preponderance of words, I suppose it’s just that anything worth saying is worth saying carefully. Philosophical questions are complicated, and it just won’t do to pretend they are simple.

@ETpro That’s sophists. They do hide among us, though, and quite successfully at times!

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@SavoirFaire Oh. My God. Why are you using such big words and complex terms this early in the morning? Don’t you have any decency?? :)

dabbler's avatar

Robert Newman’s “History of Oil” link brilliantly presented and informative

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