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From science to literature, YouTube channels you should follow right now

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 2, 2016   /  08:56 am
From science to literature, YouTube channels you should follow right now Thanks to video-sharing websites like YouTube, you can easily learn anything for free from the comfort of your sofa. ( Satori)

As long as you are connected to the internet, discovering new things and learning new skills is easy – if you know where to look, that is.

YouTube offers many educational channels for anyone as curious as you; from general knowledge to specific topics like science and literature. Whatever your interest, here are some recommended YouTube channels you should follow.


German for “in a nutshell”, this channel is dedicated to the science geeks out there who want to explore questions concerning evolution, time and space or even the meta question about our existence in this universe.

Subject: Mostly science, with some trivia general knowledge


In line with his passion for science, Hank Green is also on the SciShow channel. Along with Michael Aranda, he brings you new insights every day on all things science. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out “SciShow Space” and “SciShow Kids”, two subsidiary channels that are both self-explanatory.

Subjects: Science (and space)

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Yet another all-in-one channel, Vsauce delivers complex concepts in the simplest way that they could be explained. They don’t upload videos as frequently as other channels, but are still worth checking out – you may just find something to your liking.

Subjects: General knowledge trivia, arts, science, space, culture


The people behind Nerd Writer are literally who they claim to be: writers. This channel uploads weekly video essays. Instead of reading three-page academic essays, the Nerdwriter1 reads the essays out aloud, accompanied with graphics for your eyes to follow.

Subject: Academic commentaries on art and social studies, essays on science


If math is your thing, or if you just want to explore the thought-provoking, “funner” side of math, then this is the channel for you. Yes, it is possible for math to not be torture, and Numberphile will teach you how.

Subject: Math


Whoever said it was impossible to make smart stuff funny, Wisecrack just proved them wrong. Using pop culture entertainment to explore philosophy and modern rap music to analyze 1900’s literature, this channel is definitely going to make your day by teaching you new things while keeping it light.

Subjects: Philosophy, literature

It’s Okay To Be Smart

From the science of "Game of Thrones" to the biology of video games, join Joe Hanson in his quest to uncover the deep secrets of our world. With simple explanations and captivating animation, Joe’s (average) 7-minute videos are a great stress-reliever, while still providing added-value to your wealth of knowledge. (sab/kes)

Subjects: Mostly science, with a bit of astronomy and nature

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