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Towering Mountains of Ignorance

This was a somewhat challenging topic to take on in four minutes, so here’s a little more explanation. 

I’m not saying that we don’t know things…we know lots of things. But particularly when it comes to social and cultural and economic stuff, we really don’t. It’s so hard to run experiments on the real world, that we tend to do the studies and then no one changes their mind and everyone explains the data in a different way. 

But you can run the “Harry Potter” experiment again with different inputs because “Harry Potter” can only happen once. 

Of course, there are people who are much better at guessing than other people because they know much more about the situations. People who understand, at least, what is and is not possible (which is an excellent place to start if you’re trying to, say, create an independent Palestinian state.) 

Same goes for running a business…you will never take the most successful course, because there are infinite courses and only one maximum one. But some people are very good at finding good courses because they understand their customers and their markets and their employees and have fairly accurate constructions of reality as it relates to their business. 

But the idea that it is the responsibility of every person to have an opinion on everything that matters…and then cling to that opinion as an important part of their identity, sucks. I don’t like it. 

I would rather we discuss these things in terms of values, which is really where our opinions tend to arise from anyhow. So when asked “how do we create more jobs in America” we don’t really try to answer that question. We try to answer the question “How do we create more jobs in America while promoting our own personal values?” 

For things like “How do you end a war” or “How do you feed hungry people” or “How do you eliminate poverty?” I’m going to admit straight up that I don’t know…and defer to the experts because they know a heck of a lot more than me. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. So, yay, I DON’T KNOW!!!

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Ambiguous Victories and Real Progress: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

In which John continues the Nerdfighter Book Club’s discussion of Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Are there unambiguous victories? How should we approach our understanding of and relationship with charities domestic and international? I look forward to reading all of your thoughts in comments when I get back.

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EVERY VLOGBROTHERS PUNISHMENT!

So I got a little confused about who owed what punishments and then we went a little overboard and with the help of a team of Nerdfighting researchers rooted out the cause and effect of EVERY SINGLE PUNISHMENT ON VLOGBROTHERS SINCE JANUARY OF 2007!

Here’s a playlist of all of those videos.

The thing I realized while doing this is that we have been doing this for a very….very….very long time. Holy monkey butts…a long time.

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WHY is Hank Punished? The Answers!!

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Ok, so in this video John mentioned that both he and Hank had outstanding punishments and he proposed a challenge - if nerdfighteria could loan a million dollars before vlogbrothers got to its 1000th video, they’d to the punishments, if not, no punishments.

We did, of course (never underestimate nerdfighters). And someone pointed out that John’s deal wasn’t totally fair, so he had agreed to go double-or-nothing

So then a couple weeks later Hank and John started Brotherhood 2.0 week and made videos back and forth every day for a week, thus completing one punishment each.

They now owed us both one more punishment. John put out this very intriguing request but nothing ever came of it.

In the meantime, John made this six-minute long video, which nerdfighters decided was not exempt because it was not “educational”. So in this video, he accepted his punishment. And in this video, Hank gave him the chosen punishment: eat a gross meal Henry came up with. So he did that here.

So, they still each owe a punishment! 

As we have researched and looked into everything last night, this seems to be the general conclusion. One punishment owed each!

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Timeline of Vlogbrothers Punishments?

So! As you may have seen in John’s last video, Hank owes us a punishment. But personally, I cannot for the life of me remember WHY he does. Does anyone know?!

To that end, and because I thought it’d be fun, I’ve created a spreadsheet where we can collaboratively track out a sort of timeline of Vlogbrothers punishments.

We can use both this page on the Nerdfighteria Wiki and this playlist of punishments to start from, though I’m pretty sure both are incomplete.

Here is the spreadsheet. Let’s try to keep them in chronological order, and dates in mm/dd/yyyy format.

Also: why is Hank supposed to be punished?

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For those of you who read Behind the Beautiful Forevers for Nerdfighter Bookclub ~ I wrote this song inspired by the book and to the videos so far on the vlogbrothers channel! Enjoy, looking forward to more discussion!

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Exciting Announcements and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses 

In which John discusses his forthcoming trip with Bill Gates (yes, that Bill Gates), his health anxiety, the worldwide threat of mosquito-borne illnesses, health anxiety, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, the tyranny of Hollywood in re haircut frequency, and the arrival of pre-roll advertising on the vlogbrothers channel.

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yasminwithane:

Another oldschool Vlogbrothers design.
The first original song sung on Brotherhood 2.0/Vlogbrothers
Nanny, nanny, rich kid. Nanny, nanny, rich kid. Nanny, nanny, rich kid. Funny dog!
From this Brotherhood 2.0 video.
I frackin’ love this song.

yasminwithane:

Another oldschool Vlogbrothers design.

The first original song sung on Brotherhood 2.0/Vlogbrothers

Nanny, nanny, rich kid. Nanny, nanny, rich kid. Nanny, nanny, rich kid. Funny dog!

From this Brotherhood 2.0 video.

I frackin’ love this song.

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8 Bit Medics is a brand new organization comprised of EMS professionals who host various events in order to raise money for charity. We are proud to announce our inaugural event, a 72 hour Zelda Marathon, to be held August 8-10 on our website, 8bitmedics.com. 100% of proceeds from this event will go directly to This Star Won’t Go Out.
Join us live via Twitch TV on 8bitmedics.com, as we spend the weekend playing Zelda to raise money for TSWGO. Chat with us live on Twitter and follow us on Facebook.
We are incredibly excited about this upcoming event and hope that you will watch and donate to help us make it a huge success. DFTBA!

8 Bit Medics is a brand new organization comprised of EMS professionals who host various events in order to raise money for charity. We are proud to announce our inaugural event, a 72 hour Zelda Marathon, to be held August 8-10 on our website, 8bitmedics.com. 100% of proceeds from this event will go directly to This Star Won’t Go Out.

Join us live via Twitch TV on 8bitmedics.com, as we spend the weekend playing Zelda to raise money for TSWGO. Chat with us live on Twitter and follow us on Facebook.

We are incredibly excited about this upcoming event and hope that you will watch and donate to help us make it a huge success. DFTBA!

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The Future of Nerdfighteria

SURVEY! On advertising and education (THANKS FOR TAKING IT!!) 

In which John discusses dragons, dinosaurs, and the future of the nerdfighter community, including more IRL nerdfighter gatherings, more ways to learn through Crash Course, more charity projects year-round, thinking about how and whether to add pre-roll advertisements to the vlogbrothers channel, and the fact that WE ARE GOING TO BE ON AFC WIMBLEDON’S SHORTS. What would you like to see more/less of in nerdfighteria in the future? Let us know in comments.

Crash Course on Khan Academy

The World Cup fundraiser for sarcoma research

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