Great, Interesting Science Websites for concepts – more than just Physics – by Kenneth Udut

Great, Interesting Science Websites for concepts – more than just Physics – by Kenneth Udut For physics, you can’t go wrong with Hyperphysics. If you’re bored one day, just go through all of it. Each category. It’s been around forever – one of the earlier awesome Science things on the Internet and it’s still awesome for its thoroughness and simplicity.

No fanciness. No “wow omg woah” hyperbole. It’s not necessary – it’s intereresting all by itself – and if you ‘get’ everything they’re saying, you’ve got all the physics concepts nailed.

I’ve looked at this little ring many times whenever I wanted to find something out on Physics. It predates Wikipedia even. Google was barely even a ‘thing’ when this came out. It’s constantly updated when something novel comes up but it’s not a news site. it’s learning. Its web becomes a web in your brain. It fills in little gaps you might have here and there.I don’t know if I went through all of it, but I know I’ve gone through most of it through the years.
=== if you like physics news with less fluff than you find in the “I fucking love Science” and “Spirit Science” stuff – this is good.
For Engineering, this is a great site. You can get lost in here with the videos and stuff. I should make it a plan one of these days to go through more of it.
For Chemistry, this Reddit post has links to University level course Youtube videos. Might even be the courses themselves.
For Chemistry, this Reddit post has links to University level course Youtube videos. Might even be the courses themselves.
For Psychology, this site has 1200 youtube videos and animations.
Considering the large amount of youtube videos it loads at once per page, I’d suggest Opera if you’re on a PC, as opera handles Youtube in HTML5 and will load MUCH faster than Waterfox (which I use) and probably Chrome as well.
For Sociology, this looks interesting. It links to videos about some current topics in sociology and its pictures section has a very large amount of memes that can express ideas from a sociological point of view very quickly.

I like the concept as it mixes together learning with social network memes. I’ll see if I can find a more learning-y site but this could keep you busy (and will cause you to empathize with human issues that you might never have considered before)

In short: here’s what’s wrong with society…. which is a lot of what sociology is about, and everybody has their own take, depending on what bothers them.

I’d say I’d like to find a more academic-y site but honestly, this IS sociology:

Study of social problems.

Sociology can be very personal, as there’s likely SOMETHING that bothers you about “the way things are”: I was always bothered about how kids/teens are treated by the adult world since, well, I was a kid, especially in the school system. Also, meangirls and bullying (and the mistakes that current anti-bullying campaigns make) are one of mine…. as is the “society of the Education system” and why it’s messed up….

So for me, if I was doing sociology, that would be my focus.

But if, say, the way men are expected to be “nice guys” while also contradictorily expected to be “manly” – expected to “grow up” but without decent male role models to teach them because men are discouraged because of social stigma, leading them zoning out on video game culture instead and never having to grow up with peter pan syndrome, well, then that would be your focus.

[sociology can get very interesting, weird and complicated, depending on what social ills you see]
and finally: don’t underestimate the stuff out there for elementary age kids. It’s a _great way_ to make sure you ‘get’ all of the basics. Everything you learned in school – and good if you’re not feeling so great that day but you want to feel like you learned something.No matter how good your education, there’s always gaps, and the “stuff for kids” are easy to digest, fast, colorful and quick to go through.Go through an entire “kids Science” site and you’ll realize you know more than you think… and more surprisingly, you’ll find out there’s stuff you learned once in school but forgot about a long time ago, like the stuff from 3rd and 4th grade, there’s a good chance you’ve forgotten it by the time you’re a teenager.
oh! and also this: Remembering that Physics *isn’t* the _only Science_ (although you’d _think_ it *was* the only Science by how they love to gloat): *This* can keep you busy for a while.
Also, on a personal bias, I strongly suggest diving into Systems Thinking:

Developing a Systems Thinking approach as you learn can break you free of reductionist tendencies as taught in typical Science sources… and in academia in general.

While systems thinking is fundamentally _incomplete_ (because it does not include the subjective), nevertheless, systems thinking gives a wide-view of connectivity between things, and also your own role in it.

There’s always bias in systems thinking of course, as there is with everything. Do all things balance out? No. Are all systems self-contained? No, they’re not. Basic thermodynamics shows that you can’t have a closed system anywhere. Something’s gotta interact with the ‘outside’ no matter how good the laboratory.

So, modelling has its limits and always will… yet all we really *have* is models, even within our own minds, because our brains, as amazing as they are, must hold everything in a simplified, compressed format – ie – models…. so in that sense, “the map *is* the territory”.

But with better and better mental maps, it improves our view of the territory and a better view of the territory improves our maps.

Systems thinking is a strong part of that process in my opinion.
ALSO: Review this. Maybe first before the others.
Thanks to Josh Boulton for inspiring me to research these resources.

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