The Week’s End – A Round-up of Interesting Stuffs

This weeks list is mainly about videos. I don’t normally spend a ton of time on YouTube but I found a some new channels to follow and watched a few new ones from my favorites. Plus some tips for when you have no ideas and a new idea I’ve been thinking about. Enjoy!

The School of Life – YouTube Channel

This week I discovered a really interesting YouTube channel called The School of Life. It’s basically a crash course in great thinkers from all over the world and through history. The videos are short and to the point and very interesting.

I had chosen math and science for my 30-Day Learning Challenge but I don’t see why I can’t add a few of these videos to my daily learning routine too.

At The School of Life, we’re fascinated by the sort of questions we’re never taught enough about at school or college: How can relationships go well? What is meaningful work? How can love last? How can one find calm?What’s  gone wrong (and right) with capitalism?

We’re all about wisdom, emotional intelligence and self-understanding.

What to Do When You Have No Ideas by Elise Blaha

One of my biggest frustration in life is the fact that I have a ton of ideas but never when I need them. I think of ideas when I don’t even have time to write them down, but when I am sitting in front of a blank screen, nothing. Fortunately I found a couple of tips to help get through it.

I wish this one had a simple solution. But it’s a harder one to fix because you can’t just narrow it down or force something to work. This one takes effort, but also timing and luck.

Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights – TED Talks

Why is it that we treat other living beings as property while corporations get so be classified as legal persons? Our closest relatives in the animal kingdom have proven to be quite smart and self aware. They have emotions and culture and yet we lock them up and use them for testing. They have no rights and that is wrong.

Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Okay, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals’ status from “things” to “persons.”

Write On Campaign

This isn’t actually something new, I found it a couple of months ago and had been rolling it over in my brain since then. A letter writing challenge. A letter a day for 30 days? Do I even know that many people who would be up to receiving a letter? Or maybe that is the point, to strengthen relationships through letters?

I love sending mail and receiving mail so this might be something I would enjoy. I could mail letters to people I don’t know too. People I admire and even you, my readers. It officially runs in April (National Letter Writing Month, or something) but I see now reason I can’t do it whenever I want right?

Yeah, I might just do it.

Write_On is a campaign to promote joy, creativity, expression and connection through hand-written correspondence.

You Can Learn Anything – Khan Academy

As I mentioned before, I’m kinda working on this 30-Day Learning Challenge thing and I thought I would share a video of theirs I watched. I had been using their site to teach myself all the math and science I missed due to dropping out of high school. It was a personal goal I set for no other reason than to prove to myself that I could do it.

Well eventually it got hard and I quit pushing myself but Leo Babauta gave me the motivation I needed when he challenged all his readers to learn something new this month. I chose to pick up again with Khan Academy and see how far I get with a few minutes every day in June.

Anyway, check out the video, it’s pretty inspirational and motivating.

It starts with knowing you can learn anything.

Hope you enjoy the list! Let me know what you think or if you have some interesting internet gems to share drop them in the comments :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

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