The Geeks Have Officially Taken Over. Now Join Us!

As subscribers to Big Think's YouTube channel know, we are proud participants this week in the first ever YouTube Geek Week, which is showcasing new videos, creative collaborations and all things geek through August 10. 

As subscribers to Big Think's YouTube channel know, we are proud participants this week in the first ever YouTube Geek Week, which is showcasing new videos, creative collaborations and all things geek through August 10. 


So why Geek Week?

In May, YouTube experimented with a week-long content approach by rolling out Comedy Week. This week's theme is an acknowledgement that geeks truly run the world, or, as Star Trek director J. J. Abrams put it: "When I was a kid, it was a huge insult to be a geek. Now it's a point of pride in a weird way."

Many of the videos you will find on the YouTube hub feature superheroes, comics, gaming, science and sci-fi. The videos Big Think is offering this week explore the concepts of time, thought experiments, cosmology, the Singularity and much more. 

Today, in fact, is being billed as Brainiac Tuesday, in which YouTube’s EDU and knowledge community "comes together for a day of real science, crazy experiments and beautiful numbers."

We hope you will take part in helping geekiness take over YouTube, by visiting our channel here, the Geek Week hub here, and join the #GeekierThanYou Twitter conversation. 

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
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  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.

Greg L via Wikipedia
Surprising Science
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  • Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
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