Community Ecology: Feel the Love – Crash Course Ecology #4

I wouldn’t be much of a teacher if I didn’t tell you that life is tough and that everyone’s looking out for themselves in this world. That’s just the way it is, people. You know how I always say that biology is ultimately about sex and not dying? Well both of those things are more […]

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 […]

Is Society Really a Thing? – Emile Durkheim and The Rules of the Sociological Method – Part 1

What is society? Is it a real thing that exists out there in the world? Or is it just an abstract label we put on a collection of other people out there? If so what do we mean when we talk about different societies? And what do people mean when they say Society says X […]

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 […]

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 […]