Learning Resources

Alright y’all, I see a lot of you Googling for information, but since Google is a vast ocean and for some of us (the neruodivergant for example) it gets damn confusing. And when it comes to thorny and complex issues like social justice, religion, politics, etc. you could find MANY different conflicting views. Therefore, I’m presenting a list of resources on different subjects that are about as free as possible from strong bias. I have a mix of websites and links to Youtube channels as to help get the most bang for your buck. Use this resource next time someone tells you to “Google It” or if you got questions. Knowledge is power after all, use it wisely!

POLITICS:
http://www.politifact.com/ I could sing the praises of this website all day. This is like the political version of Snopes in that it fact checks the many news stories that you hear about daily. It also cites the sources should you want to read into it more.

http://theweek.com/ Yes it’s a website with editorials, so they are naturally opinions. Use this as to gain some perspective on certain issues, the writers themselves are pretty moderate and offer good insights into some of the thornier aspects of politics.

http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm This is a must-read, especially before voting in ANY election. Gives a good run-down of each candidate and their stand on certain issues. Great way of keeping yourself informed about your community and your state representatives.

SOCIAL JUSTICE:
http://www.tolerance.org/ Used by educators, it’s also a good resource in getting an idea about certain social justice terminology such as “white privilege” or “systematic racism”

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/ A section from NPR, this particular section offers weekly articles and podcasts on issues of race and culture, and the intersection thereof.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLrYMTc585I&list=PLnvZ3PbKApGM-hHuQ9lNc5oSKsusjn0Z6 Lengthy, but it’s a playlist of the popular MTV series “Decoded”. Short videos on current and general social justice issues presented in a pretty entertaining way, along with a mix of anecdotal and empirical evidence.

ECONOMICS AND HISTORY:

(From here, I’m going to link specific playlists from Crash Course, itself an entertaining way of learning more about topics of history and economics. Bear with me with the long links!)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9 World History Crash Course

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtMwmepBjTSG593eG7ObzO7s US History Crash Course

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtPNZwz5_o_5uirJ8gQXnhEO Economics. Highly recommended!

http://freakonomics.com/ Based on the popular 2001 book by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, this website offers articles and podcasts on some of the more unusual economic situations. But remember, causation does not always equal correlation!
https://consumerist.com/ An entertaining look at the wonderful, weirder side of business and products we all know and love (or hate) Good for news as well.

SCIENCE, MATH, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING

https://betterexplained.com/ A wonderful website that takes a conceptual, unique approach to the thornier parts of math. Even if you struggled with math your whole life, this website has great podcasts, articles, and even chances to try out a new approach to thinking about common (and uncommon) operations in math

http://www.howstuffworks.com/ Says it all in the title. Great primer into exploring how everything and anything works, from toasters to quantum mechanics.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Kurzgesagt A whole channel of cute, minimalist videos explaining some of the cooler, mystifying subjects in physics, biology, chemistry, and genetics. Check out the Black Holes video!

https://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy Can be used to learn about anything, but pretty useful when learning about the specifics of math and science.

https://codingexplained.com/ VERY USEFUL should you ever choose to make a website, develop a program, whatever. Courses are available too should you want to learn more.

LITERATURE AND POP CULTURE

http://tvtropes.org/ DISCLAIMER: THIS SITE WILL SUCK YOUR LIFE AWAY. A great website that lists all the unique tropes (plot devices common across different types of entertainment media) in every entertainment media from literature to plays. Their Useful Notes section is like a dumbed down, more entertaining crack at Wikipedia when it comes to wanting to know more about say, China or even chemistry!

https://www.ted.com/talks While neither pop culture or literature, Ted Talks is a great look at different ideas from different speakers.

RELIGION

https://www.gotquestions.org/welcome.html For those generally curious about what Christians believe. Nothing overtly preachy, but rather an honest look at the many interpretations found in the Bible

http://sunnahonline.com/ Basically the Islamic version of Got Questions. A great way of understanding the many different beliefs of Muslims and the interpretations found in the Qur’an.

http://www.aish.com/ A great look at Judaism and Jewish perspectives from within the community.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion A great look at different religions and their belief systems

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAgANw1tKPP34iGAXK6Tv2UPG26-V2Ea4 A short little playlist of some of the general topics and general history of the worlds major religions.

If there are any more websites or Youtube playlists that you can think of, please let me know in the comments!

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