I do not remember the last time I used my remote to browse through the different TV channels to find something to watch. That sucked. Luckily we have Youtube and Netflix and Amazon Prime nowadays. And while I barely watch anything in the last two, I do consume a lot of Youtube. And these are some of the channels I follow:
- I particularly enjoy the Atheist community, with which I agree on almost everything. My favourite would be Rationality Rules. It is quite useful to identify common fallacies used in many discussions, although the focus is obviously religion. Other channels include Cosmic Skeptic, Genetically Modified Skeptic, or Holy Koolaid. Discussing broader topics but also with a focus on identifying logical fallacies is Counter Arguments. Veedu Vid is also quite nice, with a stronger focus on Islam and the UK.
- I also follow several channels that discuss mathematics, physics, and other related topics. PBS Infinite Series was a very nice one that unfortunately is now over (although the videos are still there). Numberphile is also very good. Kurzgesagt is a very famous one. But probably my favourite one is 3Blue1Brown as it makes complex problems as accessible as possible. The video about Bitcoin is superb and I have recommended it to my students.
- US “TV” shows: here I follow well-known shows such as Real Time with Bill Maher, LastWeekTonight, and The Rubin Report. I used to watch daily shows, such as The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, but I have found them quite repetitive and unoriginal after a while. Taking a whole week, as in the case of Bill Maher and John Oliver, significantly improves the end product. As for Dave Rubin, he gets interesting people (although not always) and allows them to talk, which is great.
- Needless to say, I also follow Sam Harris to make sure I do not miss any podcast of his or debates with the likes of Jordan Peterson. I want to write a post about Sam Harris at some point. But suffice to say that anyone with at least a tiny bit of intellectual interest should listen to his podcast Waking Up.