Big Brain Time

UPDATED 7/10/2020 and 8/23/2020 Made it less impossible to read
Other updates listed at the bottom of the page

Bit about me: I have finished about two years of college in mostly science and math-based topics. What I’ve got the most experience in is cooking, and the sheer amount of ‘annoyance factors’ in cooking has convinced me that if you can learn how to cook, you can learn how to do anything. I am not an expert in any subject (working on it though). I think this video adequately explains how I feel about school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRwrg0db_zY

If you have time during this quarantine, chances are you might want to learn, especially if your school or college is suspended until further notice. Before we begin: Do you hate learning? Are you kind of tired of being forced to learn stuff? Then your first step shouldn’t be to try to cram more down your throat but to teach yourself how to actually like it, because the #1 subject that will make you successful in life is not actually a subject, but the love of learning itself. Often subjects themselves aren’t boring, but the way in which they are taught is, so students wind up thinking they hate it all: the subject, the whole category of related subjects, learning in general. So the best way to learn is to find the best sources. Also check out the in depth reasons ‘why’ to learn at the bottom of the page too. 

So here’s how this is going to work. This is a master post of textbooks and online resources for really digging into subjects and learning. I noticed that there are plenty of textbooks out there, but only some that are worth the read. Libraries don’t have these textbooks, books marketed for grade 12 and under are never used by professionals (and are totally worthless) and making a mistake buying a lousy textbook is expensive and wastes time. Not only that but some unscrupulous colleges force students to teach themselves from the required [bad] textbooks in order to get their degrees and then expect them to miraculously have knowledge above and beyond what those [bad] textbooks taught. Then they flunk out students who can’t make the cut. Therefore, I’ve sent out for some help from my friends who have graduated college, also from some college professors I know, and asked them what the best textbooks in their careers/fields of study were. Below, you can see the results. As I find more books, I add them.

So, in no particular order, here are the books and online resources, organized by subject matter:

***ALL FIELDS***
Shaum’s Outlines series: use with another textbook to improve understanding of any field
MIT OpenCourseware https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/
StackExchange Sites – if you have any questions, don’t post them to Reddit, Quora, or other social media, post them here and you’ll get better responses https://stackexchange.com/sites#
National Science Foundation Classroom Resources – intro-level accessible resources anyone can view with an Internet connection  https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/index.jsp
The Great Books of Western Philosophy series: these are very expensive and hard to find but they are the original sources most modern textbooks have taken material from
TI-84 Calculator Emulator: 6 months free subscription from Texas Instruments https://education.ti.com/en/software/update/free-ti-software-license-student
Instructables for Teachers: contains resources for class demos and projects for grades K-12 and college http://www.instructables.com/teachers/
Skype a Scientist: You need to gather 5 people together to do this, therefore teachers using Zoom probably have the best chances of getting this to work https://www.skypeascientist.com/faq1.html

***REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF***
I classify this as required reading if you have never heard of what’s mentioned here or if you aren’t clear on what it is.
“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” -Richard P. Feynman
“Advance, and the understanding will follow.” -Unknown – This page is full of very complicated, seemingly advanced subjects that can take years to kind of comprehend. Don’t be scared. The only way to get familiar with it is to just jump right in, and don’t worry if you don’t understand it right away. You’re not supposed to understand it all right away. You’re a beginner. Keep chipping away at the subject until things start to click. It’s perfectly normal to feel like a walking Thanksgiving turkey for the first year you really learn something unfamiliar. People who claim to fully understand literally any subject are lying…
The difference between primary, secondary, and tertiary sources ***This is a major reason why people believe hearsay and confuse it with fact***
https://www.reference.com/world-view/difference-between-primary-secondary-source-374c514ffc521a71
Further explanation https://www.crk.umn.edu/library/primary-secondary-and-tertiary-sources
The Scientific Method https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/science-fair/steps-of-the-scientific-method
Applying the scientific method to almost any question (skip to relevant part)  https://macgyverrevolution.neocities.org/spirituality.html
Basic introduction to deductive and inductive reasoning https://philosophyterms.com/logical-reasoning/

***ADULTING***
A lot of other topics are kind of hard to apply to daily life. This, on the other hand, is stuff you definitely need to know.

SWIMMING
Red Cross swimming classes https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/swimming
Also check at your local pool, usually swimming classes are relatively cheap

PERSONAL FINANCE
http://www.investopedia.com
http://www.thebalance.com

PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY IN THE USA
Note 1: just like communicating with a business or company to provide feedback, you can email, call or write letters to the public officials who represent you, including judges, Senators, members of Congress, Governors, and of course those in the White House. I have actually seen changes happen in my life that were possibly thanks to this so don’t knock it.
Note 2: Without a sample ballot, it’s nearly impossible to figure out who will be on it without something like a week’s worth of research. They usually aren’t complete, so you have to look at multiple sample ballots unless you’re a mail-in voter and have the luxury of a few days to look at your real ballot. Find sample ballots here: https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_ballot_lookup_tools here: https://vote-usa.org/
and here  https://www.ballotready.org
Note 3: The Democrat and Republican internal political machinery are in charge of which candidates get the most publicity and funding. There is little to no oversight or transparency for both parties. Therefore, it is wise to do your own research about candidates instead of blindly accepting who these parties choose to endorse
How Elections Work https://www.usa.gov/election
A comprehensive guide for how to get involved https://www.instructables.com/id/Fix-a-Dented-Democracy/
Federal Elections Commission – candidates for public office are required by law to disclose where they get their funding, and you can find at least some of that data here https://www.fec.gov/
Follow The Money – a website that details where candidates get their funding. Generally more detailed than the FEC https://www.followthemoney.org/
A website that helps you register to vote https://turbovote.org/
On The Issues: summarizes candidates’ viewpoints https://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm
VoteSmart: another website that attempts to summarize candidates’ viewpoints; a little clunkier and harder to use but still valuable https://justfacts.votesmart.org/

U.S. GOVERNMENT
The Declaration of Independence https://www.myrevolutionarywar.com/documents/declaration-independence/
The U.S. Constitution http://constitutionus.com/
The U.S. Constitution and related topics https://usconstitution.net/
Bill of Rights https://billofrightsinstitute.org/elessons/bill-of-rights-of-the-united-states-of-america-1791/
United States Citizenship Test https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizenship/Citizenship%20Resource%20Center%20Site/Publications/100q.pdf
FBI Tip Report  https://tips.fbi.gov/
CIA Tip Report  https://www.cia.gov/contact-cia/report-threats.html#
ICE Tip Report https://www.ice.gov/webform/hsi-tip-form
Reporting a crime https://www.justice.gov/actioncenter/report-crime
Reporting a scam https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds
Dealing with robocalls https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/media/video-0028-what-do-if-you-get-robocall
Dealing with spam text messages https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-report-spam-text-messages
Reporting healthcare fraud https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/report-fraud/index.asp
Do Not Call registry to combat telemarketers & robocalls https://www.donotcall.gov/
Report a postal service related crime https://www.uspis.gov/report/
CIA and FBI declassified documents – NOTE: if you are under the age of 18 I would recommend that you avoid reading this. Quite a bit of the stuff done by these agencies is disturbing. https://www.reddit.com/r/YouShouldKnow/comments/ggcqmi/ysk_because_of_the_freedom_of_information_act/
FBI Most Wanted https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten
Amber Alerts & Missing Children https://www.missingkids.org/gethelpnow/amber
https://www.missingkids.org/search#criticallymissing
Note: Every state and city government has a website. You can easily find these using a search engine. They have many resources, especially if you are trying to start a small business.
Another note: Every state has multiple local Department of Motor Vehicles and Vehicle Registration. Their regulations differ. If you want a driver’s license, search for your local DMV online and prepare yourself for several days of bureaucratic red tape.
Another note: To get a passport, you will need a valid form of I.D. and you will need to go to your local post office. Then, you will also enjoy several days of bureaucratic red tape.
Official website of Congress https://congress.gov/
Official website of the Senate https://www.senate.gov/
Military https://www.military.com
Prisons https://www.bop.gov/
Court System https://www.uscourts.gov/
EPA https://www.epa.gov/
CDC https://www.cdc.gov/
FDA https://www.fda.gov/
OSHA https://www.osha.gov/
USDA https://www.usda.gov/
A-Z List of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies
Democrat vs. Republican – a small chunk of the mess, explained
https://kids.kiddle.co/Republican_Party_(United_States)
https://kids.kiddle.co/Democratic_Party_%28United_States%29
https://www.quora.com/Is-there-a-difference-between-democrats-and-republicans

TAXES
Files taxes online for free https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free
There are websites that help you file taxes online as well, for a fee, if you don’t trust the IRS.

JOB HUNTING & EMPLOYMENT
Start a business in the US https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/10-steps-start-your-business/
EIN application https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/apply-for-an-employer-identification-number-ein-online
To start a business in your area, check your state and county’s legal requirements first. Use a search engine to find these. Some states have excellent websites for getting started but most do not.
Copyright applications https://www.copyright.gov/registration/
How to apply for a patent https://www.upcounsel.com/how-to-apply-for-a-patent
Introduction to trademarks https://www.upcounsel.com/how-to-trademark-a-word
Resume creation https://www.thebalancecareers.com/job-resumes-4161923
Job interviews https://www.thebalancecareers.com/job-interviews-4161912
Cover letters https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/Sample-Cover-Letter
Sample cover letters for various professions https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/cover-letter-samples
3 tips for job applications: 1. Keep a notebook of the places you have lived, previous work experience, previous work supervisors, and previous schooling, with addresses, phone numbers, all applicable email addresses, and start and end dates for all of the things mentioned. 2. Interview professional contacts, such as teachers or work supervisors, who are likely to be good references for you, and if they agree to it, write their phone numbers and emails in the notebook. 3. Look at everything from the employer’s point of view.
How To Form A Union https://www.ueunion.org/org_steps.html
You should know that many unions, such as various teacher’s unions, succeed in creating a work environment that promotes laziness and poor quality of work. In fact, the teacher’s union in this country is so powerful that it often prevents ineffective teachers from being fired, which certainly explains a lot. Unions are a double-edged sword.

HOUSING APPLICATIONS
See tip 1 for job applications, but also write down the names of previous landlords and their contact information.

GENERALLY APPLICABLE LAWS
Miranda Rights http://www.mirandawarning.org/mirandawarning.pdf

NEWS AGENCIES
Don’t ever get your news from a solitary source. Compare and contrast the news from sources that tend to disagree with each other and when you see something they all say, it might be true. Take all news with a grain of salt unless you were actually there in person. In general, solitary people have less to gain from breaking a news story and are less likely to be influenced to publish something, so videos/pictures taken with cell phones and posted to social media are very valuable. You can find mainstream news sources via search engines. I posted lesser known ones here. Note: it is important to read local, state, national and international news.
http://www.snopes.com exists specifically to debunk false claims and may or may not be trustworthy.
https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/index.htm#page=1 reports on consumer products, but requires a subscription for you to see their product reviews
https://www.ripoffreport.com/go/login?n=file-report provides a place for people to publicly slam businesses that they claim ripped them off
https://www.apnews.com
https://www.reuters.com

https://www.reddit.com/r/news/
https://indiancountrytoday.com/
https://twitter.com/anonyops
https://www.liveleak.com
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23news&src=typed_query&f=live

PHYSICAL FITNESS
You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren
Convict Conditioning by “Coach” Paul Wade
Callanetics by Callan Pinckney
Beginner’s Health and Fitness by Liam Rosen http://liamrosen.com/fitness.html
Reddit’s Bodyweight Exercise forum https://www.reddit.com/r/bodyweightfitness/wiki/playground

REI Expert Advice https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice

SELF-SUFFICIENCY, GENERAL ADULTING & HOME EC
This is my website. It attempts to have a ton of lifehacks in it. Let’s hope it succeeded.
https://macgyverrevolution.neocities.org

https://macgyverrevolution.neocities.org/helpfulbooks.html
EDIT 8/28/20 here are some of the more important books from the website listed here for redundancy’s sake. If you only knew the sheer amount of printed kindling I had to wade through to find these. *internally screaming*
*Off Grid Living*
The Indestructible Houseplant by Tovah Martin
Deep Rooted Living by Augustus Jenkins Farmer
Mini Farming by Brett Markham
The Foxfire Series edited by Eliot Wigginton
The Forgotten Arts by Richard Bacon et al.
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C. Smith
The Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman
*Do-It-Yourself*
The Organic Artist by Nick Neddo
*Life Hacks*
Prepper’s Survival Hacks by Jim Cobb
*Camping and Outdoor Recreation*
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills by The Mountaineers
Snow Sense by Jill Fredston et al.
Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Living by John and Geri McPherson
This is Instructables. It’s got quite a lot of information on how to DIY just about anything.

http://www.instructables.com
http://www.instructables.com/classes

CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT
https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/earth_climate/climate/
https://climate.nasa.gov/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/

MENTAL HEALTH
https://psychcentral.com/
Psych2Go (Youtube channel)
When Panic Attacks by David Burns, M.D.
Un@&*# Your Brain by Faith G. Harper (NSFW language, but that’s about all that’s NSFW about it)
How To Be You by Jeffrey Marsh
The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

BASIC MEDICINE AND HEALTH
If you can afford it, I recommend taking a First Aid and CPR course at the local Red Cross. They are currently doing these certification courses online via video. Last time I checked they were $70.
Basic herbal medicine https://macgyverrevolution.neocities.org/herbalmedicine.html
What To Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
“Birds and bees” website http://www.teensource.org

Way more involved “Birds and bees” website that actually explains things – Planned Parenthood. You should know that their status as an abortion clinic in many places makes them very controversial politically, and frankly morally questionable, but you will find accurate, free information here. Actually I couldn’t find any other place on the Internet that gave the full “talk” with all the relevant details, which weirds me out, but whatever. Their section for parents on how to give an age-appropriate version of “the talk” to kids is imho the best part of the website. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn
More in-depth information on sex ed: Boo! It’s Sex webcomic https://www.webtoons.com/en/slice-of-life/boo-its-sex/list?title_no=1413&page=10
Reddit’s Birth Control forum
 http://www.reddit.com/r/birthcontrol

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Basic Emergency Kit https://www.ready.gov/kit

National Safety Council https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/emergency-preparedness
Red Cross Emergency Preparation Guidance https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies.html
Fire Safety Info https://www.safety.com/fire-safety/
3 little-known fire safety tips: 1. Never plug a space heater into an extension cord, 2. Always close doors, especially if you’re going to sleep, 3. If on the second floor or higher, every room should have a rope window ladder or fire escape, and of course a window
Tornado Safety Info https://www.safety.com/tornado-safety-tips/
Hurricane Safety Info https://www.safety.com/hurricane-preparedness-ready/

PARENTING
Reddit’s Parenting forum https://www.reddit.com/r/Parenting/top/
What To Expect When You’re Expecting series
Dr. Spock’s Child Care series

COMMUNITY CENTERS
YMCA  https://www.ymca.net

RESOURCES IN THE UNITED STATES
National Park Service https://www.nps.gov/index.htm
United States Forest Service  https://www.fs.fed.us/forestmanagement/
Poison Control https://www.poison.org
Libraries https://www.usa.gov/libraries
Supporting said libraries https://bookriot.com/2017/11/28/support-your-library/
Resources many people do not know are common in many US libraries nowadays: audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, copy machines, computers with internet access and printers, online access to ebooks from home, MakerSpaces, free and for-profit classes and tutorials, demonstrations, inter-library book loans (usually within a 35-mile radius, these are very handy for getting rare books; order them and they arrive in 2 weeks or so), free storytelling of children’s books, and more. I’ve seen the following things in libraries before: a seed bank, gardens, a coffee shop, a music recording studio, a teen only zone, and even a temporary job placement agency. The quality of the library depends on how much funding and support the local library gets both politically and from the local community. tl;dr visit your library often and donate your excess books to your local library especially if they would have been thrown out. Seriously please.
Food For All App: this allows restaurants to sell food they would have otherwise thrown out for under $10. Currently only in Boston and NYC, hopefully will expand nationwide. https://foodforall.com/
PBS https://www.pbs.org
United States Postal Service https://www.usps.com/
County Agriculture Extension Offices http://pickyourown.org/countyextensionagentoffices.htm
You can usually find police and fire department information for your local area on your town’s website.
The nearest town’s farmer’s market information is often online.
The nearest town’s tourist center is often jam packed with good resources for having fun in that area.
If you’re trying to start a business, try to find the local Chamber of Commerce online or walk in and talk to someone.

GENERAL ADULTING
Learn How To Adult https://www.youtube.com/user/learnhowtoadult
Dad, How Do I? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNepEAWZH0TBu7dkxIbluDw
Mom, How Do I? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVo2ns_7YaVzFYVX5JgV_uQ
Clean My Space by Melissa Maker
 https://www.youtube.com/user/cleanmyspace

***SUBJECTS IN ALPHABETIC ORDER***

ASTRONOMY
Monthly star chart free pdf http://whatsouttonight.com/
Go outside and look up LOL. Also print out some star charts for tonight if you can. Flashlights with red cellophane covering the light can help you look at the star charts without killing your night vision.
https://in-the-sky.org/skymap2.php
On The Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres by Nicolas Copernicus
Explorations of the Universe by George Abell
Textbook on Spherical Astronomy by Smart
Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics by Zeilik
NASA https://www.nasa.gov
Skymap Online https://skymaponline.net/
JPL Infographics https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/infographics/index.php
Bad Astronomy http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/misc/index.html
Magazines for people with way too much time on their hands and way too much interest in Astronomy:
https://astronomy.com
https://earthsky.org/

MORE INVOLVED TOPICS IN ‘HOW TO ADULT’
The SomethingAwful Forums. Owned by a wife beating jerk. Do not give them money. Read the threads while they’re still up and not behind the paywall, before the site goes down in flames.  https://forums.somethingawful.com
Here’s where a lot of intro posts to various topics are. https://forums.somethingawful.com/forumdisplay.php?forumid=158 

BIOLOGY
How To Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe

BUSINESS
The Balance Small Business http://thebalancesmb.com

CAR REPAIR
Scotty Kilmer https://www.youtube.com/user/scottykilmer
ChrisFix https://www.youtube.com/user/PaintballOO7

CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Guide – you could get lost in this huge website. http://www.chemistryguide.org/
National Science Foundation’s Chemistry resources https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/chemistry.jsp
5maldehyde’s Chemistry Masterpost on Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/chemistry/comments/2kqe53/if_youve_ever_wanted_to_learn_university_level/
Chemistry Hall – a blog with interesting chemistry topics https://chemistryhall.com/
Chemistry & Engineering News https://cen.acs.org/index.html
Compound Interest – infographics that are basically just chemistry posters https://www.compoundchem.com/page/126/
Clayden’s Organic Chemistry

COMPUTER SCIENCE
HTML programming: https://neocities.org/
Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach by John Hennessy and David Patterson
Intro to Quantum Computing by Nielseng & Chuang

ECOLOGY / ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION
Rainwater Harvesting 1, 2, and 3 by Brad Lancaster
Mushroom Farming by Tradd Cotter
Hedgerow article http://littlegreenspace.org.uk/features/Hedges.html

ENGINEERING
Statics by Russell Hibbeler
Dynamics by Russell Hibbeler
Mechanics of Materials by Russell Hibbeler
Solid State by Ashcroft and Mermin
Introduction to Microwave Engineering by Pozar

ELECTRONICS
The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill

FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Japanese: Genki! 1 and 2
Most foreign languages: Duolingo https://www.duolingo.com/

HISTORY
Project Gutenberg https://www.gutenberg.org – has very old, hard-to-find books that can be read online for free

MATH
The Art of Problem Solving series by Richard Rusczyk et al.
Euclid’s Elements by Euclid, translated by Sir Thomas L. Heath – note: all of Euclid was written and proven without equations, so if you don’t like math but are intrigued by logic this might just be interesting to you
Mathematics in 10 Lessons by Jerry King
Differential Equations by Boyce and Diprima
Math Section https://mathsection.com
Better Explained – use this as a supplementary resource, not a primary one https://betterexplained.com/

MEDICINE AND HEALTH, ADVANCED
Harrison’s Guide to Internal Medicine
Mosby’s Medical Dictionary
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, Physician Edition
Pubmed Central https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
Bioxriv https://www.biorxiv.org/

PHYSICS
Intro/Basics: Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt, and Problem Solving for Conceptual Physics by Hewitt and Wolf
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach, by Knight
Principia by Newton
Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems by Thornton
Introductory Electricity and Magnetism by Ed Taylor
Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths
Griffith’s Electricity and Magnetism
Griffith’s Quantum Mechanics
Introduction to Quantum Physics by Griffiths
Introduction to Elementary Particles by Griffiths
QED by Feynman
Quantum Mechanics: 3 volumes by Cohen – Tannoudji
Griffith’s Particle Physics
Jackson’s Advanced Electromagnetics
Taylor’s Classical Mechanics
The Meaning of Relativity by Albert Einstein
Gravitation and Spacetime by Hans Ohanian
Encyclopedic Gravitations by Misner, Thorne & Wheeler
Taylor’s Introductory Error Analysis
The Feynman Lectures by Richard Feynman
The Feynman Lectures online from CalTech https://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/
Statistical Physics by Richard Feynman
Thermodynamics by Yunus Cengel
Thermodynamics: Thermal Physics by Kittel
Fluids by Yunus Cengel
Fluid Mechanics by Landau & Lifshitz

PHILOSOPHY
The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

PSYCHOLOGY
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=mental+health[majr]+AND+adult[mh]+AND+english[la]+AND+(jsubsetk[text]+OR+review[pt]+OR+guideline[pt]+OR+clinical+trial[pt]+OR+patient+education+handout[pt]+OR+jsubsetaim[text]+OR+jsubsetn[text])+NOT+(letter[pt]+OR+editorial[pt]+OR+case+reports[pt])+AND+%22last+1+Year%22[edat]

READING
Check out your local library’s online reading access. If you have a library card, you can read books online. In fact this often works for all libraries in your state; try your luck with a library in the biggest metropolis in the state; check out their website at least. Also see http://archive.org to try to read books online and http://gutenberg.org for the older ones. If you have access to physical library books then take advantage of a thing called interlibrary loan. You place an order for books located at another library in your library’s “family of libraries” in-state network, wait two weeks, and then your books arrive.
Cheap places to get books online: http://betterworldbooks.com , Amazon, eBay
Goodreads – check out the lists and see if you can find something that catches your eye. Almost all books have many reviews https://www.goodreads.com/list
Required Reading in High School list https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/478.Required_Reading_in_High_School
The Most Influential Books in History list https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1083.The_Most_Influential_Books_in_History

RELIGION, COMPARATIVE
Note: You can find most religious texts in their entirety online. Try http://www.sacred-texts.com

Religions in a strictly oral tradition such as most Indigenous and Native American spirituality can not be learned from books or plastic shamans. They are “closed” traditions, so unless you have been invited to learn, don’t look into it or pretend that you are doing Native American spirituality if you have not been trained. You can read books about it, but I can’t personally vouch for their accuracy.
Islam: The Qur’an
Wicca: http://www.wicca.com

Christianity: The Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Book of Mormon

Voudun: Note: this is another closed tradition.  http://soulmindbody.net/esu/
Judaism: The Old Testament, the Talmud, the Mishna

Hinduism: The Bhagavad Gita, the Vedas
Buddhism: The Lotus Sutra

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH & STUDIES
Sci News http://www.sci-news.com
Science Daily https://www.sciencedaily.com/
NASA https://www.nasa.gov/
Genetic Engineering News https://www.genengnews.com
American Chemical Society News Releases https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2020.html

WORLD CULTURES
Atlas Obscura https://www.atlasobscura.com/
The Broke Backpacker https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/
The Culture Trip https://theculturetrip.com/
Nomadic Matt https://www.nomadicmatt.com/

STILL WORKING ON FINDING: SOCIOLOGY

EXTRA HOME EC STUFF
One Good Thing By Jillee https://onegoodthingbyjillee.com

Reddit thread of what foods are cheapest
https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/gjbiii/whats_a_delicious_poor_mans_meal/

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION
Sketchplanations https://www.sketchplanations.com/
TED talks https://www.ted.com/talks
Reddit’s YouShouldKnow forum https://www.reddit.com/r/YouShouldKnow/
Reddit’s AskReddit forum https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/
Reddit’s Too Afraid To Ask forum https://www.reddit.com/r/TooAfraidToAsk/top/?sort=top&t=all
Reddit’s IAmA forum https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/top/

My website’s online resource recommendations: https://macgyverrevolution.neocities.org/onlineeducation.html

How to get access to these textbooks: Try https://openlibrary.org/,  your local library’s online access portal, http://www.gutenberg.org and only then try online book merchants such as eBay, Alibris, Half Price Books, Barnes and Noble, Better World Books, Chegg, and of course Amazon. I’ve actually had the best experience with eBay, Amazon, and Better World Books. Alibris likes to make the shipping costs insane so watch out. Currently Audible is offering free audiobooks during this pandemic, so you could also try that, although they are not textbooks, just fiction. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Recommended listen for reading this article: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzE7S3na3J0

***BOOKS FOR FUN LEARNING***
If you want to just learn something for the fun of learning it, then check these out.

ASTROPHYSICS
A Brief History of Time by Steven Hawking

DIY
Back to Basics by Abigail Gehring
The Foxfire series
The Forgotten Arts series by Richard Bacon

The Dangerous Book for Boys
Basically anything by Raleigh Briggs

EVERYTHING
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader

HISTORY
Oh, Yikes! History’s Grossest Wackiest Moments by Masoff

***JUST FOR FUN***
Here are some anime, internet resources, and TV shows that you can unwind with while learning a thing or two.

CULINARY ARTS
Good Eats with Alton Brown
The French Chef with Julia Child
The Great British Baking Show
Kitchen Nightmares (not safe for work)
Food Wars (note: NOT safe for work)
Food Wishes https://www.youtube.com/user/foodwishes
CRIMINAL SCIENCE

Forensic Files
DETAILING
The Detail Geek https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAQHQEO4QpI5dXtr3vLoFCg
EARTH SCIENCE
Our Planet – Netflix series https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=our+planet

MinuteEarth https://www.youtube.com/user/minuteearth
ENGINEERING
Practical Engineering https://www.youtube.com/user/gradyhillhouse
Real Engineering https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR1IuLEqb6UEA_zQ81kwXfg
FORAGING
Trillium Wild Edibles https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYQN-9i0f3Hj8fDZq6sZgAA
FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Watch any kind of TV show or movie in the foreign language you are learning, with or without subtitles, and try to understand it. Do this on top of what you’re already doing to learn the language and you should progress faster
GARDENING
Self Sufficient Me https://www.youtube.com/user/markyv69

Big Dreams in Small Spaces with Monty Don
GENERAL INFO
Crash Course https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse
TED talks https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
Technicality https://www.youtube.com/user/TechnicalityTime
How To Make Everything https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIqCzQJXvYj9ssCoHq327g
HERPETOLOGY
Clint’s Reptiles https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH18915fTE6yZzKrqdea8RQ
HISTORY
History Channel on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/historychannel
Samonella https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1DTYW241WD64ah5BFWn4JA
Modern History TV https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMjlDOf0UO9wSijFqPE9wBw
Tasting History – note: mostly a cooking channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsaGKqPZnGp_7N80hcHySGQ
HOME EC

Dad, How Do I https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNepEAWZH0TBu7dkxIbluDw
LAW
Legal Eagle https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpa-Zb0ZcQjTCPP1Dx_1M8Q
Law & Order
MICROBES

Moyashimon (Anime)
PHYSICS

MinutePhysics https://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics
How Ridiculous https://www.youtube.com/user/whoisjimmy
PSYCHOLOGY
Comedic Psychosomatic Medicine (Anime)
SCIENCE

Bill Nye the Science Guy
Michael Reeves (NSFW!) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtHaxi4GTYDpJgMSGy7AeSw

VSauce https://www.youtube.com/user/Vsauce
Mark Rober https://www.youtube.com/user/onemeeeliondollars
The King of Random https://www.youtube.com/user/01032010814
SOCIAL ANALYSIS

Illuminaughtii https://www.youtube.com/user/iilluminaughtii
WILDERNESS CRAFT
Liziqi https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoC47do520os_4DBMEFGg4A
WoodlandsTV https://www.youtube.com/user/WOODLANDSTV
Primitive Technology https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL3JXZSzSm8AlZyD3nQdBA
WILDLIFE
72 Most Dangerous Animals series
Tierzoo https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHsRtomD4twRf5WVHHk-cMw
WORLD CULTURE

Japanese Style Originator

RANDOM
http://skippyslist.com/list/
https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Rules_of_Acquisition
https://xkcd.com

EDIT 4/19/20 One useful trick I’ve found in studying any topic is to get a blank notebook or Word file and jot down any info in it that you find highly useful in your life. Put things into this notebook that you want to refer back to at a later date. For instance, if you are studying herbalism, write down formulas that worked for a sore throat, your favorite way of making a tincture, and so on. If you are studying physics or math, write down your favorite applications of a specific formula or concept. Write down how you apply the knowledge you learn in a useful manner. Only put things into this notebook that you want to keep with you for your whole life. Then one day your notebook can be a family heirloom or contribute to a scientific breakthrough. Get a notebook like this for every subject you study even if you don’t think you’ll use it. You probably will.

EDIT 8/28/20 I forgot to mention something important. Merely reading and rote memorizing things is a sure way to learn nothing at all. So don’t just read a book and forget it a few years later. If its information is valuable then put it to use somehow in your life. Try out the things it recommends. If there are recipes, follow them. If the information opens new possibilities, experiment with them. Put the book’s ideas to the test to see if they are worth anything. If this yields fruit, consider writing it down in the notebook for that subject so you don’t forget.
If you do need to rote memorize (and you will), then give yourself incentive for why you should. When I was in school it was impossible for me to figure it out but now I can (thankfully) tell you why you need to know the following, with specifics:
Everything: Freedom! Power! If you like to not get stepped on in life then learning things helps. If you only knew how many crimes are committed and never found out just because the targets are uninformed.
Self-Care: This covers everything that parents teach their kids, street smarts, survival skills, defending personal boundaries, thinking for yourself, memorized public service announcements, and so on and so forth. Long story short if you want to survive you gotta learn this and actually do what you’ve learned (lot of people currently forgetting the latter, wow i love 2020).
Psychology and Therapy: Everything you do in life, your success, failure, enjoyment of life, choices, lifestyle, all of it – relies entirely on your mental state. Learning how your mind works gives you an incredible amount of freedom and power. Also it’s pretty important to like yourself enough to not engage in high-risk or self-destructive behavior so you don’t ruin your freaking life. Not being dogmatic here, I’ve just… ahem… made some mistakes in life myself.

Math: You’ll need geometry and algebra in order to construct your own furniture, build a garden or a house, build things that don’t fall apart in two seconds, and to engineer or build literally anything. Repairing, designing, and building cars and machinery also requires a surprising amount of math. You’ll need calculus in order to do physics, which is a scientific way of working magic really. You’ll need statistics to understand and make sense of humongous patterns that relate to medical studies, research papers, and the results of scientific experiments without either deluding yourself or winding up with garbage conclusions. And of course if you master math, you can save for retirement, buy a house younger, avoid debt, get mega rich, budget better, make better investments, and steer clear of bad loans. Math means money, self-sufficiency, and power which is probably why school tries to make you hate it. Try it for yourself by going to a Makerspace with a pencil, piece of paper, an idea and someone experienced with said Makerspace. Math is SUPER POWERFUL STUFF.
Physics: Do you like to understand how the world works without the new age psychobabble? Try this. Also for avoiding constructing abominations like this https://www.ranker.com/list/action-park-new-jersey-history/collin-flatt?ref=search

Chemistry: Ditto. Also it’s like cooking but with more explosions, just ask any college Chem professor. They are all pyros, every. last. one.
Biology: More understanding how the world works without new age psychobabble but with more disgusting creatures and substances. Also critical for learning medicine, i.e. how to heal people instead of accidentally kill them.
Computer Science: Well, you’re reading this, so it might be a wee bit important maybe.
History: Pretty much all of this crap has happened before. But do we learn from our past mistakes as a species? Noooo, because not enough of us have learned history!
Art, Music, Fiction Writing, Theater, etc: Because the other stuff helps us survive, but this helps us make life worth living. Also art often inspires scientific breakthroughs
Ecology, Geology, Meteorology and Earth Science: Do you exist on Earth? If you don’t, what the heck are you doing reading this page? Also helpful for not falling into sinkholes or lava.
Farming: Do you eat?
Medicine: Do you possess a human body? If you don’t, what the heck are you doing reading this page?
Water Treatment: Do you like to drink water? Do you like to avoid cholera?
Environmental Remediation: Do you breathe? Do you exist on Earth?
Physical Fitness: So your body doesn’t become your own portable prison and/or make your life really unpleasant.
Geography, World Cultures, and Foreign Languages: For not getting ganked on your vacation to wherever-it-is. Or lost.
Actual Out-Of-Country Travel: For not being oblivious in every way that it is possible to be oblivious. You can’t get the same perspective no matter how many books you read or classes you take. Travel. Travel. Travel.
Law: For knowing your rights so other people don’t stomp all over them
Martial Arts, Weapons Training and Self-Defense: For making sure other people don’t literally stomp all over you
Philosophy/Ethics: Make life make sense. Or not. It is possible that we do not have any idea what “ethics” actually means which is why I stuck it under the heading of “philosophy.” Good luck.
Religion: Our latest attempt as a species to force us to be ethical, which doesn’t appear to be working out very well. Since it governs so much of human behavior and subconscious motivations, it’ll help you understand how other people think and thus predict their actions. It’s human programming, really.
Logic: What math is based on. What computers use in order to operate. Helps you make tough decisions very quickly for the best (most desirable-to-you) possible outcome. If you learn nothing else learn this. It’ll change your life.
Fun, Recreation, Relaxation, Games, Play: For a. not going crazy and b. improved mental/physical abilities
Socialization: For helping you not get stuck in unproductive mental patterns, and also for not going crazy

On another note you might find these study tips useful  https://yhbgk-blog.tumblr.com/post/39556241596/how-to-study-like-a-harvard-student

Why does this page exist? Because school teaches you to hate learning. To make someone hate learning is to deprive them of freedom, well-being, a good life, and even self-esteem. Long term, that person and others like them descend into madness and society goes right along with them, as seen in 2020, exhibit A. I will be adding to this page for years to come. If you are a parent reading this page, please consider homeschooling your kids.

UPDATED 6/12/2020 – found a sex ed comic that seems to know its stuff
UPDATED 6/11/2020 – added more good Youtube channels, man these are hard to find
UPDATED 5/24/2020 – added some more Youtube channels and TV shows, and put some things in alphabetic order
UPDATED 5/16/2020 – added some family planning and anime resources
UPDATED 5/9/2020 – added substantial amounts of stuff to the Adulting section
UPDATED 4/23/2020 – online learning resources, educational TV shows, and educational anime added
UPDATED 9/3/2020 – added why this page exists
UPDATED 9/3/2020 – how did you get to the bottom of this page, here, have some memes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEvopkbc4FE&list=PLRWL7Q08b6xWLLWXLEw8bYbHtmP7jVQMQ
UPDATED 9/9/2020 – added some trivial stuff and edited for brevity

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