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 […]

Chordates – CrashCourse Biology #24

Next time someone asks you who you think you are, just give them the facts. You’re a mammalian amniotic tetrapodal sarcopterygiian osteichthyan gnathostomal vertebrate cranial chordate. Yeah, it’s a mouthful. And in order to understand what it means, you’re going to have to understand the most complex group of animals on earth, and what it […]

Eugenics and Francis Galton: Crash Course History of Science #23

Most famous scientists picked a thing. But a few polymaths, like Aristotle and Ibn Sina, picked everything. Francis Galton, one of the most important thinkers in the generation after Darwin, fell into column B. Hardcore. Galton was a co-founder of a range of scientific disciplines, including meteorology, psychology, forensics, and above all statistics. He was […]

Why Human Ancestry Matters: Crash Course Big History 205

Hi there, I’m Emily Graslie and welcome to Crash Course Big History. Today, we’ll be discussing human ancestry and genealogy – important for understanding where we come from and how we relate to each other today. Looking at the modern science on the topic, the evidence points toward conclusions that unify humanity into a closely […]

Human Evolution: Crash Course Big History #6

Hi, I’m John Green. Welcome to Crash Course Big History Project where today we’re going to talk about the Planet of the Apes films. – What’s that? Apparently, those were not documentaries. But there was an evolutionary process that saw primates move out of East Africa and transform the earth into an actual planet of […]

Émile Durkheim on Suicide & Society: Crash Course Sociology #5

So, the fact that we have society at all is kind of amazing. Think about it: People with different interests, different amounts of money, members of different subcultures, races, and sexual orientations, somehow all manage to hold together, in this thing we call society. A thing that, at least kind of, works. But it doesn’t […]