John Green (J): Now I have become pixelated.
Hank Green (H): Yeah, well, you could just shrink yourself on down.
J: Oh, I see what you did there. You're in...So Hank is in control of this Google+ Hangout on air. Um, but, uh, but you know, I'm here, too. I matter a little bit. Hopefully. Um.
H: Yeah, that can depend....[incomprehensible talking]
J: But anyway. Hi, yes, welcome to the Google+ Crash Course Hangout.
H: We're doing it.
J: [incomprehensible talking]... which hopefully-
H: Um, I just went to the Crash Course page to see if this is working or not. It appears to be.
J: And it is. Okay. Great. Um, so, uh, we want to start by talking about Crash Course, and education and what led us to make this channel. And then we're gonna answer your questions on Twitter. You can tweet us @thecrashcourse or, uh, to our individual twitters...um... @realjohngreen and @hankgreen and we'll be answering as many questions as we can. But first we're going to talk about, um, how this channel came about and why we wanted to make it. Hank.
H: It was all John's idea. Um. YouTube basically asked us if we had ideas for original content programming stuff that we couldn't afford to do on our own and um... ooh, I need to enable me. Ha, it's me now. And so we, uh, we, we came at them with two ideas, both of them were educational in nature, one was SciShow and this is also SciShow headquarters here in Missoula. You can see if this is familiar to you from the news show, uh, behind me. Um, and the other was Crash Course and uh, what we wanted to do was sort of focus on what, you know, what we're good at, which is explaining things, and learning things, and, uh, and sort of something that we thought, would, would in addition to being entertaining might actually, uh, help the world be a better place. Um, so that's how we got started, was sort of a broad...
J: Yeah, so one of the things, one of the things that Hank and I always talk about, when we talk about our ideas, when we talk about what we, um, stuff we want to make, is, uh, whether it can do any good. Whether it can be a useful thing in the lives of the people who, uh, participate, participate in it with us. And uh, we felt like both with Crash Course and with SciShow. SciShow, you know, committed to sharing, scientific learning, and Crash Course committed to, um, you know making educational materials available, free to everyone that are engaging and fun, but also genuinely educational. Um, we felt like both those things could, could do some good. Um. So we're really proud of Crash Course and SciShow, and almost, gosh, almost five months in now. Um, it's been, it's been quite an adventure, definitely the most fun, interesting thing I've ever done on the internet, except for Nerdfighteria.
H: (laughs) Yeah, uh, it's been, it's been really rewarding to, to watch, uh, as people sort of actually take the courses and start from, you know, not much knowledge to a broader, a broader amount of knowledge. It's also very rewarding to see people, uh, being like, "I passed my AP exam because of you!" and, or "That episode came out right in time for me, or else I would have been screwed!" Um, so that's pretty cool.
J: Umm, so, there are lots of people with questions Hank, so I wanna start asking you questions, okay?
H: You're gonna ask me questions, okay.
J: I'm gonna ask you some questions, this is from @russeltospain. Are you planning, we're answering questions on Twitter by the way, @thecrashcourse, @realjohngreen, @hankgreen, are you planning to cover more subjects like Salman Khan at the Khan Academy? I don't think he's asking if were planning to cover the subject of Salman Khan, I think he's asking if we're planning to, to be like Khan Academy.
H: Umm, dude, that's just generally, uh, very hard, but, yes. I think that it would be fantastic if we can get into other topics. Um, Khan is amazing at, uh, at breadth, and I don't think that we're ever going to have that breadth, at least not in the short term. And certainly not with just the two of us. Um, Khan can do it all by himself because he's a genius, umm, and has a different format than we do. And uh we cannot do it by ourselves, at that level of depth in all topic areas, which he pretty much has covered all of them now. He's pretty much got every topic area there is. But we...
J: Well, he's certainly getting there. The Khan Academy, for those of you who don't know about it, is this incredible resource, that was really, is really the brainchild of one person, Salman Khan, and, uh, I mean there are thousands of videos, educational videos. But those videos are designed for highly motivated students. Um, they're, they're long, they, you know. They're designed for, for people who, you know, go into the video wanting, desperately, to learn, and our, our, our video series, Crash Course is designed, umm, for more, I guess, casual learners. Umm, you know, people who, people who see learning as part of, part of their life, and not necessarily like just, just school-focused. But also, you know, hopefully in a way that, that can be helpful to, to students. Um, Hank, do you guys have people editing your Vlogbrothers videos as well as your Crash Course videos, asks @katiefab (Katie Twyman)
H: (laughs) Oh, I just clicked on the wrong thing, sorry, I was trying, trying to activate myself and I paused the video. Um, the answer to that question is that John and I still edit our Vlogbrothers videos. Umm, occasionally, Michael Aranda will help me edit a Vlogbrothers video. I have him right there.
J: Just pure panic.
H: Um, but, (laughs), we do, we do uh, we still do all of our Vlogbrothers editing. And uh...
J: Yeah, I edit all the Vlogbrothers videos. I mean it's important to note that we also work a lot on Crash Course and SciShow. Um, but, as you may have noticed, we aren't great video editors.
H: I am! I'm a wonderful editor.
J: You're an okay editor, ah, you're, you're good at jump cuts, I mean, I-I-I don't think that, you, I don't think, I wouldn't trust you to make a Thought Bubble, let's put it that way.
H: Yeah, though, that's, that's, that's more than just editing, but I, yeah, and I think that, it's, it's a skill set that-that uh, we have, we have just sort of been thrown into, whereas a lot of other people are well-trained. Um, and so, uh for-for SciShow and Crash Course we have two full-time editors here, and one in Indianapolis, so that is a whole different world for us to have that kind of support. Um, but yeah, anytime, the only time that I would ever, like, not edit a Vlogbrothers video is if there was literally something I wanted to do that I didn't know how to do, and that, that's what Michael's for.
J: Yeah, I mean, we still, Hank and I both feel pretty strongly about keeping Vlogbrothers its own separate thing, and, and kind of keeping it the thing that it always has been. Um, but Crash Course and SciShow allow us to live our dream of making really educational content, um, which is what we always wanted to do, we just never had the ability to do it, because it takes a big team of people, like, I just don't know enough about the French Revolution, um, to make a video about it, you know. And Hank, no offense, but like, Hank doesn't know enough about meiosis to make an authoritative video on it and he certainly doesn't know enough about illustrating meiosis to, you know, do all the animations necessary to, to explain it. Hank you wanna an...you wanna answer some questions, or do you want me to keep going?
H: I think that I could, if I had the skills to be able to animate, I think that I would, I do have the knowledge necessary to animate meiosis, but...
J: Whatever, I...you're always saying that though. I...no one, no one is more convinced of, of, of his, of his own breadth of talent than my brother.
H: I-I'm not saying talent, I'm just saying I-I understand, uh, the basic levels of biology, otherwise I could not do this.
J: Um, why is the new history show, this is for me, consistently focused on military and religion, and why did you choose the particular narrative that it has? Um, well, it's not exclusively focused on military and religion, I also talk a lot about the plague, and in fact, I think, I think ultimately, arguably, uh, as I said in, in yesterday's Vlogbrothers video, um, microbes have a bigger effect on human history than either military or religion. Um, but, and there's also, there's also some focus on, on technology and scientific development, you know, things like, uh, how innovation, inventions changed, um, uh, you know, made the world smaller and made it easier to travel, for instance across the Indian Ocean, things like that. Um, but, you know, the focus is, is on religion, partly because that was the, or that was one of the focuses certainly, of lives in the time period that I'm talking about. So, you know, people, people's decisions, their values, uh, were shaped a lot of times...uh, almost always, actually...by, by their religious beliefs, and as those religious beliefs changed, a lot of responses to it changed. I'm always criticized by military historians for not talking enough about wars, so, I'm glad you think I talk too much about wars. Um, but you know, we, I try to be...I try to be as broad as possible, um, but, you know, our, I feel like my job is to try to talk about how decisions that were made over the, by, by people and also not by people, over the course of, over the course of world history led to the world that we have now. And that, hopefully, will, allows us to, to think, sort of more broadly, and with greater depth about the decisions that we're making now that are going to shape, uh, you know, the world for the next thousand or five thousand years, or whenever, um, we end up killing ourselves off. Hank, what was your favorite...