Science Basics


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Here you will find some courses in beginning science. This list of courses will be updated periodically, as we are always looking for great free science content. The list is traditionally followed in order, but there are no rules. Some of the subjects have two or more courses that cover the same topic. You can choose the presenter you like best, or watch them all, as it really doesn’t hurt to hear complicated material more than once. If you finish this list, or if you're looking to learn something new, go beyond the basics by visiting our Learn More page.



Critical Thinking

Video:

Critical Thinking on Khan Academy

Critical Thinker AcademyYouTube Playlist

Reading:

Critical Thinking Wikipedia

Argument Wikipedia 

Fallacy Wikipedia


Scientific Thinking and The Scientific Method

Video:

Cognitive Bias and Science

Scientific Method Made Easy

The Times and Troubles of the Scientific Method

An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science

Critical Thinking About Science

Scientific Thinking

Theory vs. Hypothesis vs. Law Explained

"It's ONLY A Theory!" - The Scientific Method

What is a Skeptic?

Michael Shermer: Baloney Detection Kit

Steven Novella: The Skeptical Neurologist (2011)

Reading:

Understanding Science 101

Cognitive Bias Wikipedia

List of Cognitive Biases Wikipedia

The Scientific Method Wikipedia

The Philosophy of Science Wikipedia

Skepticism 101

Scientific Skepticism Wikipedia

Pseudoscience Wikipedia

How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists

Guidelines for Evaluating Scientific Studies



Psychology and Sociology

Video:

CrashCourse Psychology

Behavior Khan Academy


Chemistry

Video:

CrashCourse Chemistry

Chemistry Khan Academy

Organic Chemistry Khan Academy


Biology

Video:

Amoeba Sisters

Biology Crash Course

Biology Khan Academy

Reading:

Biology101.org

Biology Wikipedia


Evolution

Video:

How Evolution works: In a Nutshell – Kurzgesagt

Evolution Cassiopeia

Reading:

Evolution 101 Berkeley

FAQ About Evolution PBS

Evolution Primers


Earth Science

Everything You Need to Know About Planet Earth: In a Nutshell – Kurzgesagt

Earth Science UC Irvine

Ecology

Crash Course Ecology

Biodiversity


Climate Change

Video:

Climate Talk: Science and Solutions Susan Joy

It’s Ok To Be Smart: Climate Change

Climate Change Lines Of Evidence

Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis

Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

Reading:

Climate Change 101 NCSE


Astronomy

Video:

The Universe American Museum Of Natural History

Cosmology and Astronomy Khan Academy

CrashCourse Astronomy

Big Bang Cassiopeia


Physics

Video:

Khan Academy: Physics

SciShow: Physics


Science Issues (Vaccinces, Climate Change, GMOs, Fluoride)

Video:

Fighting Misinformation

Reading:

Vaccine Information

The Autism-Vaccine Myth

Genetic Literacy Project (GMOs)

NCSE: Evolution

NCSE: Climate Change

Science Based Medicine