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In which Hank talks about his trip to San Francisco to talk about education with YouTube, video makers, and teachers. It was a really fantastic trip, and if you can, I suggest you get your butt to the local science center in your town to enjoy the crap out of it ASAP.


Educational YouTubers you should follow:
Good Morning, John. So last week I went to YouTube, uh, like YouTube headquarters, the physical space that YouTube occupies, where all of the people who make the site work.

A bunch of people were there to talk about educating through online video, which is obviously something that's really important to me, and that I'm really interested in. I would show you video of it, but it turns out that you cannot make videos inside of YouTube, which is like a really great explanation of what the technical definition of irony is.

But it was really fantastic, really inspiring, really great to talk to teachers about how they use our content in their classrooms.

I also got this totally swag headband. So, there's that.

But it is sometimes a little bit easy to lose track of what the point of it all is, which is why I'm glad that YouTube ended the event by taking everybody to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, which is like the original science center. It's so cool. The Exploratorium is built for young people, for students to interact with and to learn and to teach themselves and to get excited about learning.

But it was amazing to go through this place with Vi Hart and Derek from Veritasium and Destin from Smarter Every Day and CGP Grey and Henry from MinutePhysics, because while they are not children, they are mature adults that are extremely intelligent, the smartest people I've ever met. They are every bit as curious about the world as the most curious second grader in this place, right?

Education is about learning and about teaching and about knowing, but I think the most important piece of it is inspiring curiosity and understanding how important curiosity is. I've been thinking about this, and I think that curiosity may be the finest human quality.

You can make the argument for love, but love also is limited. It only reaches so far and it comes along with, like, control and envy and, you know, a lot of hatred is born in love.

Curiosity, in some ways, is like the opposite of judgment. You can't hate something if you're curious about it, and really, you can be curious about everything.

Curiosity can lead to the creation of some terrible things, I will admit that, but I think only as a side effect. The desire to know and understand and seeing the world as a puzzle that's begging to be solved is just really lovely. It's one of my very favorite hobbies, and I like to take that information and then scrunch it up into interesting shapes and then share it back out with the world.

And if I can share that feeling and put it out there into the world and have more people who are curious, more people who see the world as that kind of puzzle, more people who want to know for knowing's sake, I think that that's a really good path for the world to be walking down, to be a better place in the future.

I'm very happy and very lucky to be a part of that, so thanks to all of the people who made that event so great, and John, I'm sorry that you couldn't be there, but I guess that filming a movie in Amsterdam is a pretty good excuse.

I loved your video this week. Really important, I think, for us, just you and me as brothers, but also for this whole community. I love explaining things, but I also love doing things that could never have been done before, because this is such an interesting community. I really feel like it's unique in the history of the world, an- so that's cool, right?

Being able to come together and use this interest to do cool things, that's the most interesting opportunity that we have. There are, for example, lots of genius and terrifying punishment suggestions. We're going to get them together and we're going to have a poll.

It also occurs to me that it is October, and it is pumpkin carving season, so we're going to have a contest, Nerdfighter pumpkin carvings. There's a post on Our Pants, there's a link to it in the description. Post your Nerdfighter pumpkin carvings in there.

The top ten, by number of upvotes they get on the forum, will receive a book from my bookshelf that I think you should read, inscribed from me to you, and we will also, of course, feature the pumpkins in a video.

John, thank you for being awesome, and I will see you on Tuesday.