These days, a YouTube education is one of the best you can get. Of course, you have to be able to sort the wheat from the chaff…
The Wonder of YouTube
For finding out how to do things, nothing beats YouTube. You can look over the shoulder of a craftsman to see howto get the job done.
But YouTube is also a tremendous source of information for scientific theories that are not (yet) being taught in Universities. In fact, for top-notch scientific lectures, it can’t be beat.
There are, of course, many good things to be learned in school. When it comes to architecture and technology, schools are top-notch — primarily because inadequate theories are immediately exposed as failures! And I credit my training in Philosophy, Mathematics, and Logic for my ability to think out implications and identify contradictions.
But at the same time, a variety of subjects being taught at University that seem to have much better explanations. But, like much religious zealots once killed heretics who did not profess belief in the party line, modern academic zealots have an unfortunate tendency to kill the careers of academic mavericks who, while presenting well-researched evidence and thoughtful ideas, nevertheless do not adhere to prevailing academic orthodoxy.
In those disciplines, there is generally no way to prove that theories are wrong. There is nothing equivalent to gravity to bring a badly-designed structure crashing down. So new theories and new evidence are evaluated with respect to their conformity with prevailing theories, rather than in the harsh light of reality.
Yet, in a variety of areas, there are new theories that are simpler, that avoid contradictions, and that provide greater explanatory power — all signs of what is possibly (even probably) a better theoretical framework.
But lacking incontrovertible evidence like a falling bridge, those theories get little academic exposure. YouTube provides a valuable alternative — an education channel that lets you decide for yourself which theories are likely to be valid, rather than having that decision made for you.
Of course, you do need the ability to sort out the inevitable cruft. But once you learn to separate the brilliant from the nonsensical, a whole new world awaits.
One way to avoid manifest idiocy is to confine yourself to video-lists compiled by sources you trust. (In this post, I give tips for using YouTube, and a collection of lists you can use to get started.)
But at some point, you’re also going to want to branch out, explore, and find things of your own. As you do, you need to be on the alert for things that strain credulity. (I have never watched a “flat earth” video, for example — party from the expectation that the arguments will be nonsense, and partly from fear that I might find them persuasive!)
Tips for Using YouTube
If you are familiar with YouTube videos, you may already know these things. If not, they’re worth learning:
- If you arrow down once, you get the play-controls.
- If you arrow left from there to “More options”, you get an option to Like a video. Those “Likes” help to determine future recommendations, so it’s worth marking things you find instructive.
- You also get an option to Subscribe, which I generally do after I find 2 or 3 videos I really like from the same source. Those subscriptions alert you to new videos from that source, and also factor into your recommendations.
- If you down arrow twice from a video, you get a list of related videos & recommendations. When things get slow in the video I’m watching, I’ll go there and line up the next video I plan to watch. If things get really slow, I’ll just move to the most interesting thing I found.)
- Down arrow three times (sometimes 4) takes you to a list of videos provided by source you would be subscribing to. I’ll often check that list to confirm that I want to subscribe to a particular channel, or to find other videos from the same source.
- Sometimes, you find two or three things you want to watch under the current video. After you watch one, use the down arrow once to go to the play options, then left-arrow once to get to the previous video icon. Click that to go back where you were. From there, you can generally find the other things you wanted to watch.
In short, use the lists that below as an “initial index” into the world of YouTube goodness, and perhaps the start of a superb YouTube Education.
The “second gunman” turns out to be an accidental shooting by a Secret Service agent, using a weapon they stopped carrying in their automobiles after the event. Most of the cover-up was an effort to protect the identify of the unfortunate individual and the reputation of the Secret Service. Photos and witness testimony provide pretty undeniable evidence.
This is my collection of videos presenting what I think are the most cogent arguments for the “true” history of the world. The absolute best one to start with is Graham Hancock’s most recent, at a UFO conference.
In that video, Hancock pretty well demolishes the idea of UFO intervention in human evolution, in favor of highly advanced civilization(s), now lost to us. It uses a lot of modern science to explain ancient mythology, and somehow manages to make sense of it all.
The “YouTube University” collection, with videos on the Electric Universe (EU) theory — a cosmology that makes a lot more sense, plus Plasma Theory — a theory supported by experiments that explains a lot more of what’s going at stellar levels, and a re-visualization of the shape of magnetic fields that has a lot more explanatory power at quantum levels, and that may also explain the fields generated at stellar and galactic levels.
Also contains videos showing rock melted by a Fresnel lens, a vibrating copper tube boring a cylindrical hole in granite, and small-scale levitation with sound — all of which may help to explain how megalithic structures were created, in at least some cases.
This collection pretty well destroys the idea that an illiterate from a backwater town wrote the greatest works in the English language. Of particular note is The Impossible Doublet that takes apart the Droeshout “portrait” of Shakespeare — exposing it as the intended prank it is — and Alexander Waugh’s terrific Sweet Swan of Avon video that finds Hampton Court on the Thames referenced as Avon — the place where Queen Elizabeth and King James used to watch plays! (The discussion starts at 23:56. The reference is given at 26:15 to 27:27. His other talks are terrific, as well.)
Waugh’s 2-minute Missing Playwright video is particularly superb. It shows how all of the acknowledged playwrights of the era all knew each other — except for “Shakespeare”, who wasn’t known to anyone, as far as anyone can tell. (The same could be said of “Mark Twain”, which we know to be a pseudonym for Samuel Clemens.)
Some terrific arguments against the moon landing, based on analysis of videos and a detailed history of events. Some have been refuted, but nowhere near all — and some of the most telling arguments have never seen any kind of response. (As with all people attempting to get away with a fast one in public, responses typically point out one minor flaw, and then smugly claim that the entire argument has been demolished.)
But perhaps the most persuasive of the videos that argue we did go to the moon is this one. I have to say that I found it compelling. It demolishes many of the counter-arguments, and makes psychological sense. (At this point, I’m waiting for an investigative result that is as compelling as the JFK video. In the meantime, this one needs to be indexed and compared with the arguments against, to see if any telling arguments were not countered.)
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