I don’t know if you do this, but sometimes I go to the featured videos on YouTube to check out if there’s something interesting or funny. That’s how I discovered this channel: Quirkology.
Here’s a good example of the videos on that channel:
I knew nothing about the author or about the channel so I browsed a bit so I could give you a bit more info. (I needed to know nothing and after watching just that one video, I immediately subscribed – click here so you can go and check it out and subscribe also)
So, this is a channel created 5 years ago by Richard Wiseman. And who is Richard Wiseman, you may ask? Well, on the About section of his blog (click here to go visit – you have a great slideshow with a 30 second introduction also), he is described like this (photo also from his website):
Richard Wiseman holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, where he researches an eclectic range of topics including luck, self-help, illusion and persuasion. This work has been published in the world’s leading academic journals and cited in over 20 introductory textbooks.
Richard has also written several best-selling books that have been translated into over 30 languages, including The Luck Factor, Quirkology, and 59 Seconds. His psychology-based YouTube videos have received over 90 million views and he has given keynote addresses to organisations across the world, including The Royal Society, The Swiss Economic Forum, and Google.
Richard is the most followed British psychologist on Twitter and was recently listed in the Independent On Sunday’s top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live. Over 2 million people have taken part in his mass participation experiments and he has acted as a creative consultant to Derren Brown, The MythBusters, CBS’s The Mentalist, Heston Blumenthal, Nick Cave and Jeremy Deller.
Richard is an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and was the 2010 Guest Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. He began his working life as a professional magician and is a member of The Inner Magic Circle.
He is based in both London and Edinburgh, likes sushi, is fond of dogs, and finds Arrested Development very funny.
Wow. Seriously? Well, he had to be really cool and awesome to think about making those kinds of videos, but the lesson here is that you never know the brilliant mind that can be behind a YouTube Channel.
He also has a Daily Blog, which I’m now also following and it’s really interesting and fun. And I’m looking into maybe buying his books, specially the most recent one “59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot”.
So, if you like watching fun YouTube videos and you’re interested in Experimental Psychology and Magic, you really really really should check him out.
Have a great Monday!