Educational Resources

There is incredible free educational content out there in the depths of the internet. It is easier than ever to learn about hundreds of interesting topics from the world’s leading experts. We love spreading education, which is why we decided to put together a list of online resources that made us learn fascinating things and have shaped our outlook on the world.

Online Lectures

Robert Sapolsky – Human Behavioral Biology

Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky takes an entertaining look at how our evolutionary origins shape our behavior to this day. Ranging from how we interact socially, date, turn violent, care about each other, are shaped by our genes, are shaped by our environment…it’s a broad look at ourselves. With over 5 million views, it’s one of Youtube’s most viewed lecture series, and with good cause.

Jeremy Howard – Practical Deep Learning for Coders (Making neural nets uncool again)

One of the greatest resources for bootstrapping learning about deep learning. All free, no ads, interactive, easy to use, and inspiring to start with your own AI projects.

Leonard Susskind – General Relativity

General relativity is no joke, but at least there is a free ten part online lecture series by one of the giants of the field.

Doing Good

Our mission at ACIT is to spread education and do good in the world, so naturally, our favorite thing is when the two go together.

Our friends at Effective Altruism are a good places to start if you want to learn more about helping others in the best possible way:

Effective Altruism

If you are not entirely sure what to do with your life, our partners at 80 000 hours provide a great resource that will help you see your choices not only as a burden but as a great opportunity to help other and make the most out of your career:

80 000 hours

The GiveWell Foundation is focused on reviewing charities and evaluating with scientific methods how efficiently they operate and how much good they do per dollar.

GiveWell

LessWrong is a community blog devoted to the art of becoming more rational.

LessWrong

Podcasts

Podcasts have emerged as one of the best new ways of educating yourself and learning about fascinating ideas around the clock, be it when going for a stroll in the park, while doing the dishes or during your daily commute.

Here we have collected a list of free podcasts that ACIT members have found particularily insightful.

Laurie Santos – The Happiness Lab

A look at the modern science of happiness by Yale Professor Laurie Santos.

Dan Carlin – Hardcore History

We are more complicated than we understand. Looking at the past is one way of understanding ourselves better.
Thinking well about history Dan Carlin delivers a gripping and in-depth look at fascinating periods in history like the first world war or the wars of Julius Caesar.

Lex Fridman – Artificial Intelligence Podcast

The Artificial Intelligence podcast (AI podcast) is a series of conversations about technology, science, and the human condition, hosted by MIT computer scientist Lex Fridman.

Sean Carroll – Mindscape Podcast

On the Mindscape Podcast, theoretical Physicist Sean Carroll hosts interesting conversations with thinkers ranging from theoretical physics to philosophy, to the social sciences to the arts.