I love using Youtube. It's one of my major time-sinks, and rightfully so, because it's home to some of the best content producers out there. However, everyone knows what Youtube's dark side is like. The recommended videos that I see when I'm logged out and (especially) those on the Trending tab leave me thinking "Why ?" at best, and "I've lost all hope for humanity" at worst.
So, I have to try very hard to tame its capricious and often immoral algorithm. After many hours of scouring and back-linking, I've gathered a list of channels over the years which I'm sharing now because I think you will find them as awesome as I do. I've categorized them under Learning, Tech/Electronics, Science, and Films/Vlogs/College.
WIL is a severely underrated channel by Joseph Everett. It's taught me a lot regarding nutrition, productivity, the mind, and a lot more. The videos are engaging, well-researched, thought-provoking, AND funny. I HIGHLY recommend you check it out. My favourite videos:
- Longevity and Why I Now Eat Once a Day
- How to Quit Sugar & Unhealthy Habits
- Why Habits Form & How to Build Them
- Why We Don't Have Free Will & Why That's OK
The guy who taught Casey Neistat editing has a Youtube channel of his own, where he produces Netflix-quality documentaries and uploads them for free. His editing skills are simply un-paralleled. Favourites:
- How to Read More Books in the Golden Age of Content
- PERSISTENCE OF VISION (aka From Dream to Reality)
- DICKS: Do you need to be one to be a successful leader?
Charlie breaks down interactions and explains the social principles behind why some people are so charismatic, while others gain trust quickly, and yet others never seem to lose an argument. I've learned a lot about psychology, social interactions, and relationships. Definitely recommend. Favs:
- How Jordan Peterson Wins An Argument
- Why Jimmy Fallon Seems Fake
- Muhammad Ali's Secret to Confidence
- How to Not Give A Fuck (ft. Tyler Durden)
- Why Loki is The Best Villain
Tom hosts Impact Theory, where he interviews successful people from all paths of life, Health Theory, where health professionals talk about improving your well-being, and Relationship Theory, where his wife and himself tackle relationship issues. It's helped me find many awesome people and books. Favourites:
- Building Your Brain for Success with Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran
- How to Unlock the Full Potential of Your Mind | Dr. Joe Dispenza
- How to Make Yourself Immune to Pain | David Goggins
- Why Sleep is More Important Than Diet | Shawn Stevenson
- How to Be an Exceptional Leader | Judah Smith
- How to Bend Reality to Your Will and Become Unstoppable | Moran Cerf
- Why Motivation is Garbage | Mel Robbins
Matt is one of the best vloggers out there, with unmatched visuals and filmography. His videos tackle productivity, minimalism, self-improvement and more. He occasionally also challenges himself to try out new things and habits, such as journalling for 30 days. Oh, and he has nice biceps. Favourites:
- The Other Side of Burnout
- A Day in the Life of a Minimalist
- The Loneliness Epidemic
- Zen & The Art of Making Coffee
This channel dismantles the arguments put forward by the Average Joes (the masses) and the celebrities-turned-preachers who have something to say on just about anything. What's unique here though, is that the arguments are not presented in a derogatory manner; Instead, they're informative and take a neutral stance. It's an intellectually enriching experience, like all debates should be. Favourites:
- How to Change One's Mind
- Why Accept Homosexuality?
- Why We Change Our Minds
- Sex Strikes
- Global Warming Is A Hoax
The weirdest, funniest videos that are simultaneously informative and entertaining; Guaranteed to give you an existential crisis. Favourites:
- How to Care For Your Introvert
- You Will Never Do Anything Remarkable
- Digital Hygiene: How We Might've Fucked Our Attention Spans
Thomas makes videos for people who want to learn about learning and productivity, regardless of their path of life. As the sources for his videos largely overlap with mine, I usually use this channel to review the lessons I've learnt (from books I've read, etc). Occasionally, I find new, shiny gold nuggets of information. Favs:
- How to Make Yourself Study When You Have ZERO Motivation
- What to Do If You Hate Reading
- Things You Need to STOP Doing at Night
- Habits That Will Make Your Average Day Happier
Home to short, concise explanations of the world's ideas using beautiful animations and one a many whiteboard markers.
The RSA is like TEDx, but with better ideas, better people, and better everything, actually. It's home to "world-changing ideas, world leaders, RSA Animates, self-improvement, talks, debates, interviews, animations and loads more".
Amazing channel for designers and entrepreneurs. Chris Do is a master of what he does. Love their stuff.
Marton's channel is a unique blend of technology and business strategies. I especially love his The Story Behind series, where he explains "unexpected and unexplored trends in our technology industry", such as why phone prices don't reflect performances.
- Why Microsoft partners with rivals (Linux, PlayStation, Chromium, etc.)
- Is Microsoft the new Apple?
- Why do Samsung and Google keep fighting?
- Why Midrange Phones Are Now Better Than Flagships
- Why Doesn't Apple Use Social Media?
A bit more on the academic side, but the videos never bored me- they're fascinating, actually. Topics covered include trans-humanism, anti-aging, synthetic exploration... everything sci-fi, basically. Favs:
- What Bodies Think About: Bioelectric Computation Outside the Nervous System
- Learning with Brain-Computer Interfaces
- Elon Musk - Artificial Intelligence, Neuralink & New Forms of Government on Mars
- Robert Sapolsky: The Neuroscience Behind Behavior
An electronics junkie who makes cool projects. His Electronics Basics series is also top-notch.
A hugely popular science channel that delves into awesome scientific phenomena, like:
Dominic Walliman explores and explains scientific topics, like quantum mechanics. He also maps out fields of science, which I'm a huge fan of because it illuminates the connections between different sub-fields. Favourites:
- Map of Computer Science
- If You Don't Understand Quantum Physics, Try This
- Gravitational Waves are Awesome
Steve makes videos on everyday weird things and cool science experiments.
A channel that looks into the lives of abnormal animals. Weirdly satisfying to watch.
"A series of video essays about film form" by Taylor Ramos & Tony Zhou. I absolutely love this channel (it has ended since then though, sadly) because it dissects the art and complexity film-making. It made me appreciate details in my favourite movies that I hadn't even noticed before. Definitely recommend. Favs:
- The Marvel Symphonic Universe
- The Spielberg Oner
- Michael Bay: What is Bayhem?
- David Fincher: And the Other Way is Wrong
- Edgar Wright: How to Do Visual Comedy
- Satoshi Kon: Editing Space & Time
Arpi is the most unique & genuine internet personality I know of. He also has great taste in music and a master of Show-and-Tell™. He's a Stanford (❤!) undergraduate who posts videos (shitposts) about Stanford, university, and life. Absolutely love the guy. Favs:
- How I Got Into Stanford | Stats & Extracurriculars
- "Honey Nut Cheerios" - growing up asian-american
- A Day in the Life at Stanford University
- All 4 Essays That Got Me into Stanford
- A Love Letter to My Right Hand
A young Singaporean who's wildly ambitious & punny. She vlogs and makes videos that touch on science/computer science. She's so good in fact, that she has won the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, ASEAN Youth Video Contest, and much more. Favs:
- Superbugs & Our Race Against Resistance
- Learning to Scuba Dive
- Global Warming Sucks
- Advice for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge
Pretty fun channel with a pretty fun host that explores the life, campuses, and stories of various university students. They're also a college consulting company, which they make no effort to hide (which is both good and bad, depending on how you look at it).
That's about it (for now). You may notice that I crammed a couple channels into a separate honorable mentions. The reason for this is two-fold: a) I got tired of linking back to all the channels/videos (My back hurts now), and b) I don't watch some of these channels as much as the rest because they're less consistent/entertaining/relevant to me.
I'm always excited to find new channels,so if you have any suggestions or favourites that I missed, drop them down below! 👇🏼