Profile

Cover photo
Alex Zorach
Attended Oberlin College
Lives in Philadelphia, PA
657 followers|819,400 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTubeReviews

Stream

Alex Zorach

Shared publicly  - 
 
People usually talk about depression as if it were a strictly individual problem, but there is scientific evidence that depression spreads through social networks. Here I explain how this spread can happen, and how viewing depression as a social and cultural phenomenon can be empowering for overcoming mental illness. #depression   #mentalhealth   #mentalillness  
1
Add a comment...

Alex Zorach

Shared publicly  - 
 
Discovering DuoLingo was a huge breakthrough for me. Here I explain how and why I think it is much more effective for me (and many people) than classroom learning. Specifically, it eliminates the picking up of bad habits from other novice learners. #language   #languagelearning   #education  
1
Add a comment...

Alex Zorach

Shared publicly  - 
 
Before I got into loose-leaf tea I used to buy tea bags at Asian markets. This is one brand I liked, I recently got some and wrote a review. It's pretty decent for a tea bag, and after Ten Ren, is probably my second favorite of the brands of oolong tea bags widely available in Asian stores. #tea   #oolong   #review  
1
Add a comment...

Alex Zorach

Shared publicly  - 
 
This video seems to be my most controversial one yet in terms of number of thumbs-downs...which is sort of sad. But at the same time I'm glad to be challenging people's views. Here I talk about how each of us can do numerous things in our daily lives that will protect against or prevent global warming, while also improving our quality of life. #globalwarming   #environment   #conservation  
1
Add a comment...

Alex Zorach

Shared publicly  - 
 
People often talk about counseling for depression as if it's as simple as just going to any counselor and getting help. Here I share my own personal story with seeking counseling for depression, and how I found most counselors helped me minimally (and some even may have harmed me), and I only realized this when I finally found a counselor who helped immensely (she practiced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, incidentally). I hope people can take something positive away from my experience that I share here!  #depression   #counseling   #mentalhealth  
1
Add a comment...

Alex Zorach

Shared publicly  - 
 
Nonbinary gender identities like "agender", "genderqueer", "nonbinary", or "genderfluid" are very different from the categories of "male" and "female"...they're not mutually exclusive, but rather, are like different descriptors, and multiple can apply to your gender identity. Here I explain some of the ones, focusing on ones close to my own identity. #gender #nonbinary #transgender
1
Add a comment...
In their circles
744 people
Have them in circles
657 people
Kimberly Amy's profile photo
Mike Baney's profile photo
Kristine Magnuson's profile photo
Laura Dean's profile photo
jennifer santiago's profile photo
Sense Asia Tea Company's profile photo
Lewis Maddison's profile photo
prakash bhattarai's profile photo
Frederick J. Calandra Jr.'s profile photo

Alex Zorach

Shared publicly  - 
 
The work culture in the USA can glorify long work hours. But I've also seen long hours lead to people becoming run down and making costly mistakes, or just less productive. When I compare the US to Germany, a country I've visited three times and have a lot of ties to, I notice that Germany often has shorter workweeks and much more vacation time, yet their economy is strong and their products are often viewed as some of the highest-quality in the world. I think all these things are evidence that the work culture in the US over-emphasizes the benefits of long work hours, and is holding us back. #economy   #workplace   #productivity  
1
Add a comment...

Alex Zorach

Shared publicly  - 
 
An excellent post about how the way primary colors are typically taught in elementary school is actually wrong. Primary colors of light are red, green, and blue, and of pigments, are magenta, yellow, and cyan. There is nothing special about red, yellow, and blue. #colors   #education   #art  
When I was a child in school, I was taught that the primary colors were red, yellow, and blue, and that you could make all the other colors by mixing them together in various ways. And by red, yellow,...
2
1
Add a comment...

Alex Zorach

Shared publicly  - 
 
Here I share several stories about ways in which I and others have judged others based on snap judgments about things like age, race, social class, even a person having tattoos. I talk about how this influences behavior in relationships, with friends and family, and how we treat strangers in public. I also explain how actually observing people's behavior can be a really powerful way for breaking down these unconscious biases. #bias   #racism   #relationship  
1
Add a comment...

Alex Zorach

Shared publicly  - 
 
I just discovered this movement to reduce the use of plastic straws. I hugely support this, and I've made a commitment to give feedback and ask that restaurants only give out straws on request, whenever I'm given a straw in a restaurant. #environment   #restaurant   #pollution  
1
Add a comment...

Alex Zorach

Shared publicly  - 
 
Here I explain how I realized that I was transgender and nonbinary (neither male nor female in gender identity), and how the lack of examples held me back from realizing these things, but that once I saw people openly identifying this way, it was easier for me to find and embrace this identity. #transgender   #gender   #nonbinary  
1
Add a comment...

Alex Zorach

Shared publicly  - 
 
Biological sex is a useful concept, but when referring to a person's sex as male or female, it's more accurate to reference their "assigned birth sex". One reason is that many intersex conditions are invisible. Another is that the whole concept of male and female are social constructs. Assigned birth sex is a more truthful term, and more respectful of transgender people whose gender identities do not match their assigned sex. #biologicalsex #gender #transgender
1
1
Add a comment...
People
In their circles
744 people
Have them in circles
657 people
Kimberly Amy's profile photo
Mike Baney's profile photo
Kristine Magnuson's profile photo
Laura Dean's profile photo
jennifer santiago's profile photo
Sense Asia Tea Company's profile photo
Lewis Maddison's profile photo
prakash bhattarai's profile photo
Frederick J. Calandra Jr.'s profile photo
Work
Occupation
Founder and Editor, RateTea.com
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Philadelphia, PA
Previously
Lancaster, PA - Oberlin, OH - Ann Arbor, MI - Cleveland Heights, OH - Lancaster, PA - Lakewood, OH - Solomons, MD - Newark, DE - New Haven, CT - San Diego, CA
Story
Tagline
Founder of RateTea, Co-founder of Why This Way
Introduction
I'm Alex Zorach.  I run RateTea, a social website for tea drinkers, and I am also a co-founder of Why This Way, a consensus-based belief system and organization.
Bragging rights
I've ridden on the Norristown High Speed Line. My life is complete.
Education
  • Oberlin College
    Mathematics, 1999 - 2002
  • University of Delaware
    Applied Math, 2005 - 2007
  • Yale University
    Statistics, 2007 - 2008
Basic Information
Gender
Nonbinary / Genderqueer
Other names
Alexander Zorach
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
5 reviews
Map
Map
Map
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago