Fascinating Finds: Books, Videos and the Big Bang

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With my final exams on the horizon, I’ve been excelling at what I do best: Finding ways to procrastinate.

In my impassioned quest to find the best ways to do anything other than work, I’ve made a few interesting discoveries that I’ve been spending a lot of time on, and I’d like to share them with you. Feel free to add to the list in the comments, and I’ll check them out!

YouTube Highlight: Kurzgesagt

One of the best YouTube channels. Ever.

I’d like to give a shout out to my roommate, Toby, for introducing me to this YouTube channel that’s virtually impossible to pronounce. Within the span of a week, I had watched pretty much every single video they’d ever produced. Kurzgesagt creates videos on scientific concepts and makes them fun and engaging to watch.

I recommend checking out their videos on overpopulation, human origins, “What is Life? Is Death Real?”, “Why the War on Drugs is a Huge Failure”, and – you know what, watch them all. They’re amazing. Amaaaaaazing.

The videos are expertly produced and each one can take anywhere between two hundred and six hundred hours to create!

They are fantastic at weighing both sides of an argument, and they present those arguments in a clear, concise manner.

Many of their videos on the universe and philosophy can induce existential dread, something they often acknowledge in their videos, but don’t let that scare you away. It’s a fantastic resource. Cheers Toby!

Check out this fascinating video they made on the topic of addiction:


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

This is a really fascinating book about the history of humanity. It’s been out for a while, so I was quite late to the party. I’d describe it as brilliant mix of philosophy and history, and is written in a way that’s engaging. To sum it up in one sentence, Sapiens talks about the rise of humankind and how we became what we are today.

It’s an excellent book. It was a fifteen hour listen on Audible, but I found myself wishing there was more. My full review of Sapiens will be out soon, so stay tuned for that!

Food for Thought: What Existed Before the Big Bang?

Something I’ve been pondering a lot recently (mostly due to the binge-watching of Kurzgesagt videos), is the origin of the universe. More precisely, what happened before the big bang?

What Happened Before This?  Image Credit: Wikipedia

There’s a very long winded explanation by Stephen Hawking that’s extremely interesting (although hard to understand at times) that you can check out, or you can watch the video below, also by Kurzgesagt (in case you needed more evidence of how much I love them).

If my interpretation of it is correct, the short answer is that time didn’t exist before the Big Bang, and so the concept of before doesn’t have any meaning, because in order for there to be a “before”, time itself would need to exist. Whoa.

I’m still having trouble wrapping my head around this concept myself, so if you can explain this to me, please leave a comment and let me know!

Podcast Highlight: Sir Richard Branson — The Billionaire Maverick of the Virgin Empire

This is a fascinating conversation between Tim Ferriss and British billionaire, Sir Richard Branson.


The conversation revolves around Branson’s history, how he ended up in prison, his habits and decision-making processes, risk management, and the lessons he’s learned. It’s one of the best podcast episodes I’ve listened to and I highly recommend having a listen. If you enjoy it, his first autobiography, Losing my Virginity is definitely worth picking up as well.


Side note, if you’re looking for a decent podcast app, check out CastBox (thank you to my friend Harold for the tip).

If you liked this post, give it a like so I know to make more of these. As usual, drop me a line and share your top recommendations!

See you in the next one!

Image credits: Kurzgesagt, Richard Branson by David Shankbone.

Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links, so if I do make a profit from your purchase, the money goes into supporting this blog!


6 thoughts on “Fascinating Finds: Books, Videos and the Big Bang

  1. Hey Sanjay,
    It’s reassuring to know that I’m not alone in procrastinating, especially before exams. 😀 I’ve been reading Mark Mason’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck over the last couple of weeks, so I’ve been neglecting Sapiens for quite some time now. I’m done with about a quarter of it. I especially liked the part where Yuval explains that one of the reasons Homo sapiens conquered the world is because of their ability to gossip about each other. I would never have imagined drama had such an important place in our civilisation.

    Kurzgesagt is absolutely one of the best and most-bingeable channels on YouTube. Everything about them is great, the cute animation, that soothing voiceover and all the facts that they present. I still remember being in awe when I discovered the channel in late-2015.

    If you need a recommendation on what to read/review next, I’d highly recommend Algorithms To Live By by Brian Christian and Tim Griffiths. It explains how we can use computer algorithms, mostly used in sorting, scheduling and others, in our lives. I’m sure it’ll be right up your alley. Do let me know what you think of it.

    Oh, and before I forget, best wishes for your exams. Do well! 🙂

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    1. Exactly! So much of that book was mind-blowing to me and it really changed my perspective on things that are considered so commonplace in today’s society.

      I like how you pointed out the soothing voiceover. That’s one of my favourite parts about the show too. It just gives it that character that makes the show so relatable.

      Sounds good! Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll put that on my wishlist for sure!

      Thank you so much! I’m almost at the finish line 🙂

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  2. I’m definitely checking Kurzgesagt out!

    I can also recommend you look up the book Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw. It covers so much info about our universe in such a understandable way. I feel like an expert on this topic now, even though I’m still obviously not. But this book made me learn so much about something that is so freaking interesting!

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    1. Sorry for getting back to you so late, just completed my finals 🙂 I’m glad you like them! The one on addiction was very interesting to me. It goes to show just how wrong our approach is when it comes to treating addicts and the war on drugs. Let me know what you think of Sapiens once you get around to it!

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