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Q&A With Grey: Just Because Edition

September 12, 2019

Hello Internet. When’s the next Q&A with Grey?
-Discord21337 Right now! What opinion have you held for a time
and then changed radically?
-desvirtuado Well, as mentioned the first time
I talked about changing your mind, This is always hard to discuss because the specifics are often quite personal. But the biggest non-personal thing
I’ve changed my opinion on is breakfast. I used to believe breakfast was absolutely vital – not just believe it – I had evidence that skipping, nay even delaying breakfast ruined everything. But as I’ve tried to get healthier slowly and inconsistently, I’ve experimented with various things
and the one that shocked me the most is breakfast is bulls**t. After an admittedly rough adjustment period, my body no longer needed breakfast, and it’s hard to describe just how much of a huge
quality-of-life improvement this has been. Simplifying my normal morning routine and making early travel days easier. While I’ll still eat breakfast sometimes, particularly on vacations, because it’s clearly the best of the three – (seven) – meals, it’s no longer the necessary
part of life I thought it was. What do you want people to remember you for 500 years from now?
-Coolie2 I don’t want to be remembered, I want to be alive. What is the most frivolous item you own?
-ClenchtheHenchBench Man, that is a good question that had me looking up exactly what “frivolous” means: Not having purpose or value. So, a thing I own which has neither purpose nor value. I’m not really sure anything I own fits that description, but I’ll keep looking for you. If you have an idea in the shower without phone or notebook present, what do you do?
-Hoepla (Shower sounds) Hey Siri! Hey Siri! (Siri pings) Make a note; must not forget million – nay, billion dollar idea (Siri pings) Nice weather coming up for
Paradise, Nevada, United States. (Grey groans) What do you think of jazz?
-Maxim_Potashov Jazz is opposite of everything I like in music. I want music to have patterns, and repetition. Patterns, and repetition. This is why I also don’t like live music. I view music as a brain manipulation tool, and to that end, jazz is anti-useful to me. Do you speak dutch?
-Riobhain (In Dutch) I don’t speak Dutch, my mother is Dutch, but she never spoke Dutch with me. (In Dutch) I grew up speaking just one language. If you had control of a super-intelligence
to which you could only give 1 command, and it would execute it to the best approximation of
what you intended, what would your one command be?
-DeepFriedJif Min-max happiness and suffering. Oh wait! What’s one thing that you’re not satisfied with your life right now, and how do you plan to solve it?
-Living-stoneInAfrica I’ve gotten into time tracking pretty deeply. I used to just track my work hours, but I began to record how every hour of every day is spent. And, let me tell you no matter how well you think you spend your time, and no matter how well you do spend your time, tracking all of your time is an unflinching look
into a mirror, eternally uncomfortable. So, I’m not thrilled with the way
my pie chart for last year looks. It was a year of chaos. But, it’s not possible to improve
without knowing where you’re starting and one of the ways I’m working to make this better is
simply to have the data about how I spend my time more visible in more places. I’ve just begun in the most
baby steps way possible, but so far, making life more visible
seems like a good feedback loop. How are you doing?
-MrEngineeringGuy Good, thanks. You? If you had to enroll at a university tomorrow and had to choose one field of study which would you choose?
-rubinowitz I’d like to say I’d take a
programming course but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t pass at the university level. Constants and functions and loops, oh my, are fun and clear
but once it gets to pointers, it’s a level too far. So if I needed to pass
I’d probably sign up for economics I dropped out of that Master’s course as mentioned in a previous Q&A
because it wasn’t the right fit in my life at that time but I’d be happy to
give it a go again. Of all the classes you’ve ever taken at Uni,
what was your hardest? What did you hate the most? Why?
-Negative-One-Twelfth Well, the physics classes in my later
years were the hardest and were probably the hardest intellectual thing
I’ve ever done or will do. But that’s the boring-er question. More interesting question is
which class I hated the most. That was a required
humanities reading class It was one of those classes where the professor had free rein to just
select a bunch of books they liked and force students to read them and write essays agreeing with the professor or disagreeing in a way
the professor agreed with. God, did I hate it. I really think it’s the kind of class that professors make mandatory because they like to teach it and it makes them look smart and it’s easy and not because it’s remotely good
for the students involved. Anyway, it’s had to be done and I had a pretty good idea in advance I would hate it so at my college there was an option to compress an entire academic year of
these classes into one intense summer. So I stayed at college over what was
vacation for most people to finish this class as fast as possible. I’ve always been pretty good at reading a lot
using an on-off schedule when I need to, and it served me well here. I think I read something like 30 stupid or boring or
flowery or pompous books over that summer. Anyway, it works so well it was a
strategy I used every summer, compressing as many dumb mandatory classes
into as short a time as possible If your school gives that as an option,
I highly recommend it so you have more time during the rest of the year
to focus on more important things. Raisins in chocolate chip cookies?
-interesting-__o__ Gross. What noise do you wake up to?
-architecty None. I used to use music to wake up to, because this (wake-up alarm sounds)
is the world’s most unpleasant sound. But doing so trains yourself
to dislike whatever song you use and have it randomly cause you a
sense of drowning anxiety when you hear it in a different context. I used to use a Sigur Rós song
during my teaching years to wake me up, and I still can’t hear the opening few seconds without feeling like I’m drowning, a decade later. Of course, the sound may be none but I currently use my Apple Watch
to wake me up with a vibration. And I know I’m in a good routine
when I wake up naturally before it goes off. If you could have one superpower
(excluding the power to have all powers), what would it be?
-jackmedrek Invulnerability. With an exit option. Can you wear silly ties for the rest of the video?
-Nesogra No, I spent years plotting and scheming
how to escape the world of ties. I will not go back to it now. You are given the opportunity to permanently, and
irreversibly, change one fundamental law of physics. What would it be and why?
-Blarghenshnarf On the panel of fundamental laws and constants, I’ve draped a very big “do not touch” sign How do I get over a crippling Factorio addiction?
-Ggecho_Swe_ You tell me, man.
I’m over a thousand hours deep. Do you feel that “Humans need not apply”
needs … updating? Has anything changed since its creation
that would change your message?
-DarkJohnson Not really anything I would change. I do enjoy that the debate
around autos has switched from “They’ll never happen” to “Why aren’t they here now?”, which is an interesting question. At least in this moment, it feels like progress and
self-driving cars is a bit of an s-curve, so maybe I was over-optimistic about the
rapid approach of commercially-available autos, but I still think they’re coming, and if I can’t buy or rent an auto
within ten years of the publication of that video, I’ll be surprised and disappointed. What is love?
-theheroinwaiting What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more. Lastly, of coursely Who’s sponsoring this episode?
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  • Reply Katdragonatlarge May 6, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I set my alarm to the Sonic Drowning SFX. Existential horror

  • Reply David May 7, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Is Skillshare owning every youtube educator now?

  • Reply Nick May 8, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    What chemical was that on the "what is love?" question?

  • Reply _nola _ May 12, 2019 at 1:08 am

    I'm doing good thanks

  • Reply TC Blox YTC May 14, 2019 at 5:46 am

    I listen to your videos in the background while making my own videos! You're welcome for the retention time!

  • Reply Vân Khánh Trần May 14, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Grey: Hey Siri!
    Grey: Hey Siri!
    Siri pings
    Grey: Make a note; must not forget million —nay billion dollar idea
    Siri: Nice weather coming up for Paradise, Nevada, United States
    Grey: groans

  • Reply Curry Pando May 15, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Grey singing what is love is the best thing that has happened in the history of the world.

  • Reply Bo Diego May 15, 2019 at 4:19 am

    0:54 – I don't think he knows about second breakfast … ?

  • Reply Amanda Widjanarko May 15, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Wow your life is so organized!

  • Reply Nagendra Putti May 16, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Could suggest or improve the the present government system to be the best and corruption proof

  • Reply Andros Kai May 16, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    To min-max suffering and happiness a simple way (and perhaps the only way for some) would be to silently kill off the least happy people. I really hope you're not the one giving the command

  • Reply Jack Morris May 20, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    What is a breakfast

  • Reply Libby May 22, 2019 at 3:33 am

    I didn’t know what you meant about the wake up music until I used faded by Alan Walker as my alarm and now I feel so much pain when I hear it out of context

  • Reply Matheus May 22, 2019 at 6:22 am

    6:10 and now a year later you drove through the loneliest road in a Auto 😀

  • Reply Andrew NoLastName May 26, 2019 at 6:52 am

    0:55 you forgot about dessert

  • Reply TritanicWolf May 27, 2019 at 4:15 am

    That is not how atoms look.

  • Reply E EE E E May 27, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    "Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more."
    – CGP Grey

    edit: wow I'm top comment

  • Reply Kamal Washington May 27, 2019 at 9:51 pm


  • Reply spehizle May 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Your opinions regarding music are very distressing.

  • Reply Mateusz Grabowski May 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    6:47 masterpiece

  • Reply Ian C June 1, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I like dogs autos are also here baby

  • Reply Lars Jensen June 4, 2019 at 4:55 am

    As a Dutch person, that dutch was horrible

  • Reply Angel36930 June 4, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Min max happiness and suffering ? niiice…

  • Reply E. Andrews June 4, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    5:14 Not if at radio station picks the songs you wake up to.

  • Reply Val Jamin June 6, 2019 at 2:11 am

    For me, the current type of Rap music is anti-usefull to me. That type of music overuses repetition for too few different words. Rap music has really gone downhill in my opinion.

  • Reply Dragongamer543 June 6, 2019 at 6:29 am

    0:42 i know right

  • Reply American Mapping June 6, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    0:55 It’s 8 Dessert

  • Reply SAMEX 2222 June 7, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    How much money do you make?

  • Reply Luke The doctor June 7, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Grey or gray

  • Reply Anouar Chamu June 8, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    2:04 ya mean "engels"

  • Reply Brave Isabella June 10, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    You can't delay Breakfast because your breaking you feast

  • Reply Brave Isabella June 10, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Jazz is the best thing in the world

  • Reply The God Guy June 12, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Second Breakfast
    Afternoon Tea

  • Reply Florida man June 13, 2019 at 3:15 am

    just for saying jazz is bad I left. sorry but… no

  • Reply wilf that weirdo that is a doorknob June 13, 2019 at 3:31 am

    What's the difference in dinner and supper

  • Reply Kresten Sckerl June 13, 2019 at 9:28 am

    I learned what pointers are yesterday, and oh my, I had completely overestimated the difficulty. It is not difficult at all, it's basically a way to store a variable without storing the actual value. It simply references the thing it points at.

  • Reply QwertyPc Gaming June 13, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Ik vind dat je best goed nederlands kan spreken, maar het kan wel wat beter.

  • Reply Shalev Tsadok June 13, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    01:47 Sandstorm by Darude if someone wants to know

  • Reply Caleb Turk June 16, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Wait so I have only been eating three of the seven meals? I had only been eating second breakfast, afternoon tea, and supper!

  • Reply Scientin June 19, 2019 at 3:39 am

    I love his reaction to jazz, because as a jazz musician I work with patterns every time I play and improvize. They're just a bit more under the surface and harder to see, is all.

  • Reply Michael Hendrick June 19, 2019 at 10:49 am

    You yelled hey Siri, my phone heard you and asked what I wanted lol…

  • Reply Mattea Tane June 19, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    please i love that robot dog

  • Reply j k June 20, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    (Sorry if sounding like a zealot, and totally out of context of this channel's humor) – skipping breakfast, if you're eating healthy otherwise, has research behind it that shows it's hugely beneficial to the body. If you're interested, check out 8/16 or 6/18 (daily hours eating/hours not eating) also called intermittent fasting. Usually used to best effect with no sugar/few grains.

  • Reply Charlie Spurr June 23, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Lol breakfast with kurzgesagt

  • Reply ParkPark June 27, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Showering with his glasses on proves he's working on 4D Chess

  • Reply Project-awesome customs and music June 27, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    You probably wouldn't like progressive music. It's way more unpredictable than jazz.

  • Reply Brooklyn M June 27, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    "It's a new sponsor to the channel, *Skillshare*!" SKILLSHARE IS FOLLOWING ME EVERYWHERE. EVEN ON ALL OF MY FAVORITE CHANNELS!!! (Not saying Skillshare is bad, I've just heard it everywhere…)

  • Reply 73A Photography June 29, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    you activated my bloody siri twice >:(

  • Reply Andalusia Mapping June 30, 2019 at 7:24 am

    0:35 My two favourite channels sitting each other.

  • Reply Greg Jones July 4, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Mijn Nederlands is Verschlectijk. Ik sprek Engles en Duitse.

  • Reply Mathis Hofmann July 5, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Isent it a bad idea to give a supercomputer the command to maxemise happynes and minimise suffering?

  • Reply Lord of Dodos July 5, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    AAAAARRRRGH! Mijn oren! Mijn arme, arme oren! God waarom doet U mij zoiets toch aan, dit verdien ik toch niet?!

  • Reply Kieran Rorie July 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    I am so slow. Just got the chemistry joke at 6:48. Oxytocin, that is what love is.

  • Reply Tu Nghi Do July 7, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Challenge: can you post another q&a?

  • Reply The gaming Tea July 9, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    The car I have is literally a software update away

  • Reply Cody Campbell July 10, 2019 at 3:24 am

    When I saw that Breakfast was Bulls**t, I thought (Yeah, most of the time it is.) then I saw Grey, sitting with a Kurzgesagt duck sitting and eating breakfast with Grey saying "Everything in the world sucks." That cranked me up so hard I couldn't stop laughing.

  • Reply KE8MTK JACOB BROFFORD July 11, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Autos are here because companies don't want to be liable if they crash so full. Auto cars don't exist

  • Reply Alexander Doeringer-Smith July 11, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Watching him complain about breakfast while I’m eating breakfast is a bit weird

  • Reply Cosmocat01 July 16, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    The reference to Las Vegas vs Paradise

  • Reply Mateo Oyola July 16, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    It’s been nearly 13 months since I’ve seen this video and your answer to “do you like jazz?” Still upsets me. It seems to me that you haven’t listened to enough jazz or studied jazz enough to recognize the patterns, repetition, and mathematical genius showcased in it by some of earth’s finest musicians. I’m hoping posting this will serve a cathartic purpose, as I do not wish to be angry at you any longer (nor did want to in the first place).

  • Reply Judas Rude July 19, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    God this guy is terrified of mortality

  • Reply PrincessPeriodFart July 20, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Video game music is excellent as an alarm tone. I personally use the Ornstein and Smough boss music from Dark Souls 1.

  • Reply Warda Ham July 22, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    You don't like jazz that's sad

  • Reply kirby march barcena July 22, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    When will the coffee in the mug could fill you up?

  • Reply Lukeland July 23, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Actually Use Tiktok Remixes To Wake Me Up, That Way I Can Complain More And More Everyday Of Why TikTok Ruined Music 🙂

  • Reply Xaverderschnitzelfan July 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Sprichst du auch deutsch?

  • Reply King Oreo July 25, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    As soon as I heard what is love, I started thinking about the song

  • Reply Veracious July 27, 2019 at 4:18 am

    LoL at the drowning anxiety. At one point I was avoiding and dreading texts and phone calls and my notifications sounds from that time do this to me, someone not normally prone to anxiety.

  • Reply son of sun July 29, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    i too dont like eating breakfast

  • Reply CCwarrior July 30, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Ya like jazz?

  • Reply Lincoln WILSON July 31, 2019 at 7:19 am

    "Do you think he knows about elevenses?"

  • Reply The Great Steve August 2, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Your squisher design is terrible.

  • Reply 97chocolatebananas August 3, 2019 at 7:15 am

    I wake up to a lack of sound. One cold winter I got myself a space heater to have on overnight and now I can't sleep without white noise. So I got myself a fan/heater with a built in timer. Every night I set it for 8 hours and wake when the noise suddenly stops. As far as alarms goes, I think this is as peaceful as it gets.

  • Reply Vasilijan Nikolovski August 4, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    5:11 This is kinda why I have the Nazi anthem as my alarm song.

  • Reply John Ruiz August 5, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Am I the only one who understands 0:55 (Pause)

  • Reply RammusTheArmordillo August 6, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    I can't believe someone like you would go "pointers are too hard to understand. Programming is not for me, too difficult".
    I'm just…. baffled
    I can't help but think you had the wrong approach on it.
    Fuck pointers, who even needs them

    Seriouser answer:
    Pointers are a very small part of programming. For all I know, the only major languages pointers are used and really matter are C and C++. C is not really used anymore except for teaching and C++, well… I know a lot of programmers who can't code in C++ or can but don't want anything to do with it. And I graduated in computer science and programming. Honestly right now I'd have to study for a bit to code with pointers.
    They're such a minor and language-specific part of programming, it's a real shame to give up programming just because of them.
    Java, C#, Python, Ruby, R, Javascript, PHP don't rely on pointers and are widespread, powerful languages.
    Fuck pointers.

    If that's the only reason you're not getting into programming, try again. (And screw C++, you can live without it).

  • Reply Vi Celia G August 7, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    6:50 how do you do that so calmly my goodness CGP you have the self-control of a Civil War soldier performing self-amputation

  • Reply -tan s August 8, 2019 at 12:17 am

    I'm mad at you right now supper clearly comes before dinner

  • Reply SaboteurSupreme August 8, 2019 at 3:59 am

    1:57 you can see the cranslation in the captions!

  • Reply Chris0012222 August 10, 2019 at 7:34 am

    I have a degree in computer science. I can confirm that pointers do indeed suck.

  • Reply Dolphguin Hawking August 13, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Your dutch is kaolo slecht

  • Reply D.E.B. B August 14, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Can't remember something you think of in the shower? Repeat the idea out loud over and over for a couple of minutes, and just enjoy the hot water. You'll remember it long enough so after the shower you can then write it down.

  • Reply Jen Wren August 14, 2019 at 5:13 pm


  • Reply ashtar August 15, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Je nederlands is fucking slecht

  • Reply thyrza vogelaar August 19, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    In Dutch?

  • Reply Kirby has Feet August 19, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    I don’t eat breakfast (only on the weekends)
    It’s just a waste of time, I might just pack a kinda big lunch for school if I’m a bit hungry that morning.

  • Reply Sasha Did 911 August 20, 2019 at 3:39 am

    I like how he talks about music and shows the sheet music for Darude Sandstorm. A classy gentleman I see.

  • Reply cloudcolumn cat August 20, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    "I won't to be remember."

    "I want to be alive." soo intelligent..

  • Reply Avery Lee August 21, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    I am offended by your opinion on Jazz, as a Jazz musician.

  • Reply Nathan He August 23, 2019 at 12:35 am

    0:36 is that kurtzgesagt bird?

  • Reply Lucy gorgulho August 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    What is your advice for future teachers?

  • Reply PrettyPinkMusicNotes August 25, 2019 at 6:13 am

    "I view music as a brain manipulation tool"

    How sad! I love music, it makes me so happy, except when I listen to a sad song, but I only do that when I want to feel sad… OH WAIT!

  • Reply Lukeland August 26, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Somebody Once Told Me The Worl-
    Grey: Shut. It. Now.
    Me: TwT

  • Reply Hi i am Elecktro August 30, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Your “hey Siri” made my phone go off

  • Reply kyle miner September 1, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    ok, i've wondered this for ever – if you wear your apple watch to bed, when do you charge it?

  • Reply Seamus Curson September 2, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    U should learn Dutch

  • Reply J Ouse September 5, 2019 at 7:16 am

    I work shift work and don’t eat anything some days because yknow, I’m real healthy

  • Reply WildKat September 6, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Siri actually activated when you said hey Siri

  • Reply Bryden MacPhail September 7, 2019 at 1:16 am

    sina toki e toki pona?

  • Reply Phil Chadwick September 9, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Even technically we always eat breakfast, I don't eat when I wake either, except also, on holiday! More about the better choices and social aspect!

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