I’ve been watching a bunch of general Khan Academy videos lately in a hopeful effort to reduce my ignorance about the world, and it occurred to me that everyone needs to see some of these.
Cosmic Scale, the Universe, and the Big Bang
Ever tried grasping how big the Universe really is? Or how the Big Bang really happened? This playlist takes about an hour to get through, but it’s the most astonishing and mind-boggling hour of YouTube video watching you will ever do (better than cats playing pianos and Mythbusters clips combined).
Evolution and Natural Selection
How did we evolve from monkeys, and what makes natural selection work? Apparently, it’s the most misunderstood concept out there. I admittedly only watched the first 10 or 11 videos for a general overview (the rest go into deeper levels of biology my brain can’t seem to comprehend), but they’ve been extremely worthwhile.
The French Revolution and the Rise of Napoleon
I found this boring in school so I only had a slight overview, but Khan makes it fascinating to learn about. The latter bits on the rise of Napoleon are a must-watch for anyone with the slightest interest in war strategy and tactics. This playlist is the longest, but after watching it, you’ll have a better idea of why the world is the way it is today (I hope he’ll be extending it further to cover more contemporary conflicts.)