9 Great YouTube Channels to Make You Smarter
Have you ever pondered the mysteries of the universe? Or, if you’re a parent, out of the roughly gazillion questions that your kids ask every day, have you gotten to the point where you find that you can’t competently answer them?
My own preferred method for sounding authoritative when asked a tough question by an intellectually curious child is to panic and make things up. My explanation of Why the Sky Is Blue was a gloriously epic tale involving Transformers, laser cannons, and Benjamin Moore paints, so you can see why my then-5-year-old son — who listened to my explanation with a completely straight face, god love him — might have gone online to confirm the whole thing about air molecules scattering blue light rays from the sun, rather than believe the claptrap his mother told him.
I’m not the only one filling a kid’s head with substandard knowledge.
For example, The Boy came home from school a while ago and explained a complex theory about dark matter to me in a way that impressed me for its clarity and depth of knowledge.
“How wonderful!” I said, when he had finished. “Did you learn this in your fully-funded, public high school, which I am paying an ungodly amount of taxes each year to maintain?”
“No,” The Boy replied, munching on his fourth snack since walking through the door. “I learned that from watching a VSauce video on YouTube. We didn’t do much in science today. But I did get to play with Mr. Potato Head. That was cool.”