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thecrashcourse:

Consciousness - Crash Course Psychology #8

What exactly is Consciousness? Well… that’s kind of a gray area. In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank gives you the basic ideas of what Consciousness is, how our attention works, and why we shouldn’t text and drive… ever… no, really, NEVER!

I’ve been following these since it started but this one is particularly interesting/fun! :D

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edwardspoonhands:

Today’s video is very different from usual. One of my favorite things about Vlogbrothers is not having any set format so we can occasionally jump out of our normal boxes and try something completely new. 

I really enjoyed making this video, I hope you enjoy watching it. 

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edwardspoonhands:

my-time-and-space:

flintstonevitamins:

do you see this
this is a white cube
the license plate is the chemical equation for glucose

sugarcube

Sorry…nit picking chemistry rant…
First, this isn’t an equation…chemical equations are a representation of a reaction, this is a representation of a single molecule which we call a molecular formula. Second, you can’t tell what molecule C6H12O6 is from this molecular formula, it could be a number of different molecules.
The cool thing about sugars is that nearly all monosaccharides have the same molecular formula. Fructose, glucose, galactose, fucose…they all have the same molecular formula but different molecular structures. 
Glucose is the most common C6H12O6, but there are probably more than a dozen others. There may even be some molecules with that molecular formula that aren’t even sugars…though I’m not able to think of any off hand. So, yeah, the “sugarcube” is completely accurate and extremely clever. But I couldn’t stand by and let this completely esoteric misuse of chemical terminology pass.

edwardspoonhands:

my-time-and-space:

flintstonevitamins:

do you see this

this is a white cube

the license plate is the chemical equation for glucose

sugarcube

Sorry…nit picking chemistry rant…

First, this isn’t an equation…chemical equations are a representation of a reaction, this is a representation of a single molecule which we call a molecular formula. Second, you can’t tell what molecule C6H12O6 is from this molecular formula, it could be a number of different molecules.

The cool thing about sugars is that nearly all monosaccharides have the same molecular formula. Fructose, glucose, galactose, fucose…they all have the same molecular formula but different molecular structures. 

Glucose is the most common C6H12O6, but there are probably more than a dozen others. There may even be some molecules with that molecular formula that aren’t even sugars…though I’m not able to think of any off hand. So, yeah, the “sugarcube” is completely accurate and extremely clever. But I couldn’t stand by and let this completely esoteric misuse of chemical terminology pass.

(Source: exhusbands)

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defyodds asked: I'm the one who asked Hank about evolution. Thank you so much for saying that people can ask questions because they actually want to learn. I have too many people messaging me saying I'm stupid, many needing a decently long message to say so, but I only have 2 nice messages. I so badly want to tell everyone that I'm smart, that my gpa was 3.75, and that I qualify for Mensa, but I know if it wasn't pointless, it would make me the exception to the rule. Truthfully, they're making me feel stupid.

edwardspoonhands:

wilwheaton:

The people who are being dicks to you are revealing to the world that they are so insecure in their own knowledge, the only way they can feel comfortable is to condescend to others, to create a false sense of superiority in their own minds.

Don’t pay any attention to those people, because they’re pretending to be very smart and enlightened, when they’re actually very ignorant.

Let me leave you with something that I’ve practiced myself my whole life, and taught to my kids: If you look around and see that you’re the Smartest Person In The Room, find another room.

99.99999% of the people who have ever lived thought that the world just existed as it exists. That’s the logical conclusion based on direct observation of a world that does not change very much during a human lifetime. 

Telling someone they’re stupid because they don’t know something is like telling someone they’re hairy because they don’t like chocolate. Those two things have nothing to do with each other. Actually, it’s worse than that…disrespecting someone because they happen to not know all of the same things you know is a kind of bigotry. 

Don’t be a dick.

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edwardspoonhands:

progshell:

It’s hard to say the best thing about Sci Show, but if I was forced to pick, it’d be the amazing faces Hank and co make when confronted with the adorable animals.

I do love adorable animals.

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edwardspoonhands:

Occasionally YouTube’s suggestion algorithms deliver me the exact thing I need to see…and it’s usually this.

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fruitappreciation:

omg apparently artificial banana flavoring is based on the gros michel banana which was wiped out by a banana plague in the 50s and the banana we eat today is a totally different thing called the cavendish and thats why banana candy doesnt taste like bananas do you know how lied to i feel. like there was a fucking banana apocalypse and no one told me about it until now

I already knew about it ‘cause Hank Green told me so.

(via dysanic)

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Love this episode of Mental Floss! Knew most of these (to my great relief) and was very happy to see #31 debunked. That one never made any sense to me at all!

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effyeahnerdfighters:

kristineetumbles:

I’m too happy about this. #dftba

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I got mine :D

effyeahnerdfighters:

kristineetumbles:

I’m too happy about this. #dftba

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I got mine :D

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edwardspoonhands:

Ok, so…sex. It’s the reason why you exist, and also why our species exists. So I think it’s safe to say that, on the whole, sex is a good thing. 
And yet, people don’t /really/ talk about it. Publicly anyway.
The perpetual taboo…it’s bad. It leads to confusion and crappy information and bad decisions and negative experiences. It turns one of biology’s greatest creations into something to be ashamed of.
I dislike this.
Now that the internet has enabled us to say whatever we want however we want to say to whomever we want to say it to it is extremely weird that our response has been to simply perpetuate the taboo. 
Sure, there are people who talk about sex on YouTube, but they do it in the same “giggle giggle, that’s naughty” or shock factor ways that we always have. Somehow, in all the glory of YouTube (as far as I can tell, and please correct me if I’m wrong) there has been exactly one person enabling a responsible, educational dialogue about sex and sexuality. (Check out Sex+ here.)
Very soon, my little studio in Missoula will be launching a new show with the a similar focus. Obviously, it’s going to be much different than Sex+ (which, if you’re interested in this stuff, you should subscribe to now.) But the goals will be similar…to lift the veil and talk honestly about sex and sex-related stuff. 
I’m 100% sure that I’ll catch flak for this. There are people out there who think that the mere mention of the existence of sex is enough to raise teenage pregnancy rates. The Vlogbrothers audience is young and, yes, some are too young to be watching this show (I’ll leave that decision up to you and your parents.) But not only is providing open access to reality and information the right thing to do, it’s also proven to be the best way to put people in control of their bodies and their lives. 
The fact that there isn’t more content on YouTube discussing this stuff is depressing. It shows how deep the taboo goes…even when given a platform we can be completely free with, Laci is the only one (so far) brave enough to take it on in a substantial way.
I’m excited and terrified to take this step. I hope I don’t regret it, and I hope that it helps people…in fact, I know it’s going to help people, otherwise there’s no friggin way I’d do it. Here’s a link…there’s nothing on it yet…there will be soon.
Also, don’t put thumbtacks through condoms. Um…duh.

edwardspoonhands:

Ok, so…sex. It’s the reason why you exist, and also why our species exists. So I think it’s safe to say that, on the whole, sex is a good thing. 

And yet, people don’t /really/ talk about it. Publicly anyway.

The perpetual taboo…it’s bad. It leads to confusion and crappy information and bad decisions and negative experiences. It turns one of biology’s greatest creations into something to be ashamed of.

I dislike this.

Now that the internet has enabled us to say whatever we want however we want to say to whomever we want to say it to it is extremely weird that our response has been to simply perpetuate the taboo. 

Sure, there are people who talk about sex on YouTube, but they do it in the same “giggle giggle, that’s naughty” or shock factor ways that we always have. Somehow, in all the glory of YouTube (as far as I can tell, and please correct me if I’m wrong) there has been exactly one person enabling a responsible, educational dialogue about sex and sexuality. (Check out Sex+ here.)

Very soon, my little studio in Missoula will be launching a new show with the a similar focus. Obviously, it’s going to be much different than Sex+ (which, if you’re interested in this stuff, you should subscribe to now.) But the goals will be similar…to lift the veil and talk honestly about sex and sex-related stuff. 

I’m 100% sure that I’ll catch flak for this. There are people out there who think that the mere mention of the existence of sex is enough to raise teenage pregnancy rates. The Vlogbrothers audience is young and, yes, some are too young to be watching this show (I’ll leave that decision up to you and your parents.) But not only is providing open access to reality and information the right thing to do, it’s also proven to be the best way to put people in control of their bodies and their lives. 

The fact that there isn’t more content on YouTube discussing this stuff is depressing. It shows how deep the taboo goes…even when given a platform we can be completely free with, Laci is the only one (so far) brave enough to take it on in a substantial way.

I’m excited and terrified to take this step. I hope I don’t regret it, and I hope that it helps people…in fact, I know it’s going to help people, otherwise there’s no friggin way I’d do it. Here’s a link…there’s nothing on it yet…there will be soon.

Also, don’t put thumbtacks through condoms. Um…duh.