Stages of Family Life: Crash Course Sociology #38

How does a family become a family? Well, when two people love each other very much… I’m joking, I’m joking – kind of. As we discussed last week, American families often form around marriages. So, romantic relationships can be a first step in the stages of family life. It might seem strange to think of […]

Community Ecology II: Predators – Crash Course Ecology #5

Of all the ways that species interact on this planet, maybe the one that fascinates us the most is predation, and why not? It’s hard not to be captivated by, say, an Alaska Brown Bear, one of North America’s apex predators, even though they get much of their nutrition from nuts and bugs and berries. […]

VIKINGS: Norse Mythology – II: Norse Gods & Goddesses [Thor, Loki, Odin and more]

There are two groups of gods in Norse Mythology There are two groups of gods in Norse mythology Aesir and Vanir Odin, Thor, and Loki are deities from Aesir While Njord, Freyja, and Freyr are deities from Vanir Odin is the King of Aesir He is the God of War, Death, Sky, and Wisdom Odin’s […]

The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history

One of the biggest myths about the Israel-Palestine conflict is that it’s been going on for centuries, that this is all about ancient religious hatreds. In fact, while religion is involved, the conflict is mostly about two groups of people who claim the same land. And it really only goes back about a century, to […]

Race & Ethnicity: Crash Course Sociology #34

How do you define race? If you had to describe why you think you’re a member of one race and someone else was a member of a different one, you’d probably focus on appearances – your skin, your hair, maybe even the structures of your bodies and faces. But most of the time, those physical […]

Theories About Family & Marriage: Crash Course Sociology #37

You’ve probably heard people say that blood is thicker than water. That’s supposed to mean that family relationships – blood – are stronger than all other relationships. Which I guess are the water? But what do you think? Is that true? Can friends be considered your family? Or do you only think of your parents […]

Education In Society: Crash Course Sociology #40

The average American spends 13 and a half years of their life in school. And that’s not counting the amount of time that you spend watching Crash Course. Getting a bachelor’s degree means spending upwards of 17 years as a student. And advanced degrees like medical degrees or PhDs can tack on another 4 to […]

The Norse Pantheon: Crash Course World Mythology #10

Hey there, I’m Mike Rugnetta and this is Crashcourse Mythology. Today we’re going to try to do justice to the Norse pantheon–a very scary wolf, an amazing tree, a rainbow bridge, some frost giants, and way more than what I learned from reading Thor comics. No, not you, Thoth. Your th is a plosive. We’re […]

The Texas Vampires

The Texas Vampires. It sounds like the name of a biker gang from a bad TV show. It sounds like a 90’s rave club in Austin wherever people think that eyeliner makes you look edgy. It sounds like a drama in which Jonah Hill and Nic Cage play two men from Houston who have to […]

Family Obligations: Crash Course Philosophy #43

For most of you, your parents brought you into this world. They also fed you, and changed your diapers, and wiped your tears. They raised you. Yet, according to contemporary American philosopher Jane English, once you’re grown, you don’t owe your parents anything. Not a single thing. Now, this might sound a little selfish. A […]