The Origin of Consciousness - How Unaware Things Became Aware

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    Consciousness is perhaps the biggest riddle in nature. In the first part of this three part video series, we explore the origins of consciousness and take a closer look on how unaware things became aware.
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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell  Місяць тому +3233

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  • Omar Delawar
    Omar Delawar День тому +1

    Very well made guys!

  • Jacques Sucic
    Jacques Sucic День тому

    I've learned more in this short video than all 4 years of high school combined.

  • salim Habib
    salim Habib День тому

    Can you please do a video about depression???

  • Overwatch
    Overwatch День тому

    So, what did we learned? *humans are dumb*

  • Gilang Ramadhan
    Gilang Ramadhan День тому

    indonesian subtitle is very terrible and hard to understand,hope the translator fix it

  • factoraptor
    factoraptor День тому

    If we had no sersory input, we would still have consciousness. Because consciousness is not particularly driven by any material or cell or anything you can track with scientific methods.
    Consciousness is eternal. Bounded by your body in this interval of time, but not necessarily bounded every time. When you die, you are detached from time frame that we know. This is basically understood when you are under general aenestasy. I went in 4 hours surgery and yet I felt it took only 5 seconds. Because for me, my consciousness were detached from time frame that bounds others.
    Science will never ever be able to materialize conscioussness no matter how hard has been tried. It can well define its material information sources though.
    Before you birth, your consciousness existed, but since it was not "assigned" to any body, you felt all instances before you as nothing. Then you are assigned to a body, and since then you are bounded with the body of yours. After your body cease to live, your consciousness will still continue to exist until the Almighty decides where or to what to assign it.
    Yes, there is an ultimate being that requires no means to be conscious or "awake". It is bullshit to think consciousness can emerge by itself. It is totally non-sense. The discussion is about the exact definition of the Almighty. Not His existence. Because you would deny your very existence otherwise. (That is why most of materialists end up being nihilists as they realize it is stupid to exist without a reason of all reasons.)

  • Alexandra
    Alexandra 2 дні тому

    So could we obtain even more consciousness when at some point it will take more effort to get food?

  • Fer Nan
    Fer Nan 2 дні тому

    I love you guys

  • Matt Alluisi
    Matt Alluisi 2 дні тому

    "The godhead cannot be an object of it's own knowledge." Alan watts

  • usedtobereign
    usedtobereign 2 дні тому

    Vision is not necessary for consciousness, or do you think blind people aren't conscious?
    Vision can help us to become more conscious but it can also distract us, as there is so much more to the world than what we can see.

  • snurk agurk
    snurk agurk 2 дні тому +1

    Maybe conciousness is the great filter

  • Tracy-allen Ezechukwu
    Tracy-allen Ezechukwu 3 дні тому

    So enlightening.

  • Thisura Dodangoda
    Thisura Dodangoda 3 дні тому

    I want my conscience to leave me alone.

  • Myth buster
    Myth buster 3 дні тому

    This made me think about how life started. You should do a video on sponaneous generation!

  • Matthew Chalfant
    Matthew Chalfant 3 дні тому +4

    Typical material nihilists, confusing sensory awareness for consciousness. smh

    • Håkan Lundberg
      Håkan Lundberg День тому +1

      @Matthew Chalfant
      Even if I believe sensory awareness is the evolutionary way to consciousness-and that the ability to communicate is something that can evolve, and is necessarily for self consciousness-there is still the “philosophical zombie” problem. Our human behavior and our intelligence are advanced. But I see no real reason why it can’t be so complex without any real self consciousness. We could still just be biological machines where our behavior is just a very complex program.
      My scientific curiosity isn’t satisfied with “self consciousness = a complex neurological system that can react, act, and adapt”. Sure, I buy the idea that the latter property is a prerequisite for the first property. But not that they are the same. Self consciousness is something more.
      We can explain more and more how our “behavior” and intelligence has come to be, and how it works. I.e. the “soft” problem. But I doubt such findings ever can explain the “hard” problem: “How come consciousness exists? Why aren’t we just philosophical zombies? (No... it’s not a philosophical or religious “why-question” that attempts to give meaning to it... “just” a “how come-question” that demands a scientific explanation.)
      It’s like the question “how come anything exists?” Personally I doubt we’ll ever find answers to these fundamental questions about reality. And that the level of consciousness needed to understand is beyond any form or consciousness that can ever exist. 🤯

  • Lirei Taichen
    Lirei Taichen 3 дні тому

    To me consciousness is when something is able to improvise, have fun, etc.
    So i personally wouldnt call a fish that just hides 24/7 then attacks its next meal only to do it all over again conscious, while a dog that plays around with other dogs in its free time is almost certainly conscious to some extent.

  • Just An Average Animator
    Just An Average Animator 3 дні тому +1

    Rocks are in a superposition of being both dead and alive.
    +100 IQ

  • Marjáy Lopez
    Marjáy Lopez 3 дні тому

    This make my head hurt

  • Jakes comic review Superheros
    Jakes comic review Superheros 4 дні тому +2

    3:39 PAC-Man ?

  • Jakes comic review Superheros
    Jakes comic review Superheros 4 дні тому +1

    Where are the birds

  • Brendan Maller
    Brendan Maller 4 дні тому +1

    Consciousness + Evolution in a nutshell. 👍

  • Good Vibez
    Good Vibez 4 дні тому

    Great video. It's time to expand our consciousness

  • wulphstein
    wulphstein 4 дні тому

    Yup! And other tricks to fool the unwary.

  • Dante Alighieri
    Dante Alighieri 4 дні тому +2

    I know exactly what consciousness is. But I'm not telling you.
    I'm kinda self conscious about it.

  • True Sheamus
    True Sheamus 4 дні тому

    I love the art style. I'd almost wish there was a (good) spore like game with these looks. It is so pleasing.

  • Zraffer-TD
    Zraffer-TD 5 днів тому +4

    I cannot pronounce your channel's name but I have subscribed and follow you though.
    Nice content.

    • Hyprex
      Hyprex День тому

      Cant relate. Ok the reason is I'm German

    • Maxzors
      Maxzors 3 дні тому

      Kertz-ghe-zogt

  • Jon Doe
    Jon Doe 5 днів тому

    Is consciousness edible?

  • Luis Miguel Garrido Genesta
    Luis Miguel Garrido Genesta 5 днів тому +1

    *f o o d*

  • R D
    R D 5 днів тому

    the brain named itsefs.

  • SuperMarioProGamer
    SuperMarioProGamer 5 днів тому

    0:06 Thano's child

  • Kick-Yum
    Kick-Yum 6 днів тому +58

    you're not you when you're hungry


    have a consciousness

  • Ari MIn
    Ari MIn 6 днів тому

    The video was relevant up to 2:00, from then on it has nothing to do with consciousness, being aware of environment has nothing to do subjective experience,

  • Simina Dinca
    Simina Dinca 6 днів тому

    i love you guys

  • Atrocious Conundrum
    Atrocious Conundrum 6 днів тому

    I think the question should determine what kind of consciousness is important to get the answer. If you talk about ( basic)rights, or punishment/death sentence, or just emotions and their value you talk about different types of consciousness. I dont think the question "what is consciousness" really matters. "Consciousness" is just a word, like "time" and "reality" to give something we cannot understand a place, in our communication for example. *sry bad english. P.s. we are over-evolved. We are the only creatures on earth who have gone off chart. There are more important things to develop as mankind then figuring out what concepts like consiousness really are. Example: many humans don't know how they primary think. Like in images, sounds, words etc. Our education system and healthcare is so flawed because we dont value the way people think. If we started to value this we greatly improve our communication instead on focusing on average human brains and building a society only upon that type of brain, therefore not improving basic needs like healthcare and education.

  • Sid
    Sid 6 днів тому

    3:32 ~ *Khezu* ?!

  • James M
    James M 6 днів тому +2

    What truly puzzles me is the purpose of life itself. What it's the purpose of a system such as a living organism wich tries with such strong conviction to resist the second law of thermosynamics?

    • James M
      James M 5 днів тому

      +Jon Doe Nah. You just can't see it. Otherwise you would state it as a theory and not a fact. On the other hand I would recomend you to read about thermodynamics heat thepry of life.

    • Jon Doe
      Jon Doe 5 днів тому

      Like anything else, there is no purpose. It just sort of is, that's all.

  • Phoenix Dawn
    Phoenix Dawn 6 днів тому

    I wish I was less conscious so I wouldn't eat as much! :p

  • Dark Ace
    Dark Ace 6 днів тому

    sounds like psychology 101

  • AL Can
    AL Can 6 днів тому

    Sight had to help create consciousness. How would an organism know that sight is a thing? Or sound? Strange how these senses evolved, I wonder what will be next. Next that is already here we just don’t know how to access it yet.

  • MrBadBricks
    MrBadBricks 6 днів тому +1

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  • SK LLS
    SK LLS 6 днів тому +1

    If the big bang was an explosion it must have had a centre where the explosion started and everything is moving outwards from the centre but scientists say there is no centre in the universe because big bang was an explosion in the fabric of space so it doesnt have a centre. But im still wondering if there is no centre then why is everything in the universe expanding outwards from the big bang and where did the big bang happen and how can we still see the big bang. Please explain these in the next video

    • Francesco Sorce
      Francesco Sorce 3 дні тому +1

      +SK LLS Thank you, glad it helped =D

    • SK LLS
      SK LLS 3 дні тому

      +Francesco Sorcethanks mate that was an awesome explanation

    • Francesco Sorce
      Francesco Sorce 5 днів тому +1

      The big bang wasn't an actual explosion of material.
      The big bang, together with inflation and the current expantion of the universe, describes a streching of distance.
      The universe doesn't expand into anything... because it is everything.

      Imagine a ruler 15cm across, we all agree it has a determined and finite size.
      Now at each centimeter mark write "meters". The ruler is still "15 cm", but according to IT it's 15 m long!

      we basically live on this ruler, the "size" of the ruler doesn't change (the universe is always one universe long), but the distances on it become bigger because we observe this continuous "rewrite of the tickmarks".

      So basically, it happened everywhere, it's just that everywhere appeared REALLY close together.
      You could say our ruler had approximately "0 plank legth" on the 0 cm mark and "1 plank legth" on the 15 cm mark.


      As for why we see the expansion outwards, we would see that from every point in the universe, the tickmark rewrite increses distances everywhere equally, so from any perspective everything always becomes further and further; and distant things go away faster BECAUSE they have more space that's expanding between them and us:
      a conceptual mathematical approximation would be something like:

      if the new distance from something A away is A+dA,
      then the expansion of something 2A away is 2(A+dA)=2A+2dA

      the expansion rate everywhere is dA/A, so with bigger distance there must be a bigger increase to keep the ratio the same
      (the actual expansion rate may not be exactly a linear one like this, but the basic idea is the same)

      finally for how we can see the big bang: since the speed of light is finite, more distant things look further back in time to us (it takes light more time to get to us), if we look so far out as the age of the universe, we see the first light that remains, the Microwave background radiation. That is what remains of just after the big bang, and so how we can "see" it.



      Hope this helped to clarify some things, please write again if any part was unclear, I'll try to explain better if I can =D

  • Jocosa
    Jocosa 6 днів тому

    loved this video ❤️

  • MultiHunterBro
    MultiHunterBro 6 днів тому

    You guys need to do an episode on the US debt and what happens if it’s paid of vs not paid off. And it’s effects on the society.

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    الدخس ؟ 6 днів тому

    ماشاءالله 👍

  • Warp - agar.io
    Warp - agar.io 7 днів тому

    hmm why didn’t i notice this

  • Fat Dinosaur
    Fat Dinosaur 7 днів тому

    I Like your Voice Steve Tylor I Salute you For your Voice

  • Grime
    Grime 7 днів тому

    “I used to look for food but now food comes to me” the half a tonne man

  • Barack Obama
    Barack Obama 7 днів тому

    Conciseness = soul

  • Amelie Schumacher
    Amelie Schumacher 7 днів тому

    Great video 👍

  • PolarFist
    PolarFist 7 днів тому

    Take autism, for example, a common symptom of it is that when you walk (go) to something, you damage something else without notice. Its like consciousness is a scale and that symptom could limit it. Of course there are other things that can limit your consciousness.

  • Omega Deadpool
    Omega Deadpool 7 днів тому

    The first thing I noticed
    No Birds why no Bird
    I need my Bird
    This is not my Bird

  • Shadow747
    Shadow747 7 днів тому

    2:07 just like god 😂

  • Purple MonkeyDishwasher
    Purple MonkeyDishwasher 7 днів тому +1

    I think this misses the mark almost completely (my opinion, obviously, since no one really knows irrefutably). They keep trying to point to direct natural selection mechanisms and seeing consciousness as another level of abstraction that helped people better forage for food.
    In some very broad sense I guess that’s true, but that discounts the social, sexual, and hierarchical functions of consciousness which seem much more on the nose.
    Like Dennett’s book “Consciousness Explained” this seems to be much less explanatory and much more “explaining away” which is an easy trap to get in when discussing consciousness.

  • ANAL TERROR
    ANAL TERROR 7 днів тому +1

    7:56 h-hey beavis uuhhuhuhu wu-watch this uhhuhuh

  • Andrew Lones
    Andrew Lones 7 днів тому

    Why do you just assume a spatiotemporal world exists independently of us? After reading Kant's critique of pure reason, I believe space and time are pressuposed conditions for experience. It's unfortunate you guys don't address this theory in the video.

  • _coffeeboat
    _coffeeboat 7 днів тому

    heart please

  • HighlandDroid
    HighlandDroid 7 днів тому

    Very interesting stuff. But I am really looking forward to how they plan to explain the jump from obvious beneficial selections of consciousness, to more abstract or even negative aspects of it, and how they could(and did) beat out what would essentially be wet terminator bio-robots. After all, why would evolution ever give you the capacity to appreciate art and beauty, if it didn't immediately benefit you sexually or food wise.

  • ArunPlaysPiano
    ArunPlaysPiano 7 днів тому

    I love this video

  • Silicon Tech
    Silicon Tech 7 днів тому

    It's good that we don't know consciousness because if we understand it AI will kill us because they wanted to be become like us... 😂😂😂

  • Ethan Mulder
    Ethan Mulder 7 днів тому

    Go lil’ purple boi!

  • MOTH
    MOTH 7 днів тому

    these eyes are spoopy

  • Thiefers
    Thiefers 7 днів тому

    I eat, therefore I am.

  • Mr. P. Enis
    Mr. P. Enis 7 днів тому +1

    This videos left me even more confused than before

  • Ryan Cho
    Ryan Cho 8 днів тому +65

    I wonder if in a million years humans are going to evolve and think we are primitive animals

    • Adam Mudianto
      Adam Mudianto 2 дні тому

      we are become cyborg and eventually robots will take control, until there will be no biological creatures left, because we can just extract foods from nature without the need of plants and animals

    • Lord Nick
      Lord Nick 3 дні тому

      "Man is a rope stretched between beast and overman" ~ Nietzsche

    • Eyrok Arobaz
      Eyrok Arobaz 4 дні тому +2

      Heard of post-humanism?

    • Paige F
      Paige F 4 дні тому +5

      every species is always evolving. humans are and will always evolve

    • Kevin Abarca
      Kevin Abarca 5 днів тому +1

      Not a chance, we humans already dominated the Earth and that might be the hindrance of evolution to others. Maybe only humans can evolve.

  • The End
    The End 8 днів тому +1

    Maybe consciousness is universal but humans are the only ones that can express it. My dog gets scared, gets happy, he knows what not to do around certain people and knows his actions are bad because he hides. That seems conscious. Maybe consciousness is limited by intelligence.

  • Elenchus_ 115
    Elenchus_ 115 8 днів тому +4

    Low tier video. Anything that has a self-sustaining network of microtubules has obtained memory and consciousness. The level of which is determined by the number of microtubules and the organelles/Organs used to possess infomation. You don't need a nervous system to remember things, amebas are able to remember where exists are in mazes that they are placed in multiple times.
    PS. It's *Deferred gratification* not delayed gratification. 😑

  • Δreamer
    Δreamer 8 днів тому +1

    4:45 is this 2d from tranz-gorillaz?

  • def5826
    def5826 8 днів тому

    Templeton world charity foundation? Really?

  • Ebin Navis
    Ebin Navis 8 днів тому

    Hi team Kurzgesagt,
    Is it possible to make a vedio of Pineal glands and it's powers ?

  • Milan Lenčo
    Milan Lenčo 8 днів тому

    Wait, does this mean that some computer programs have primitive consciousness?

  • Carlo Leon
    Carlo Leon 8 днів тому +1

    I have to strongly disagree with this video. But than again it's just my opinion.
    Thank you for your professional videos!

    • Petar Petkov
      Petar Petkov 5 днів тому

      Would you share why you disagree?

  • yaggle fraggle
    yaggle fraggle 8 днів тому

    Because biochemistry is a spectrum of complexity, there's no reason for consciousness to start and end at any certain point.
    What we call **consciousness is energy/matter mechanically processing information.** For complex consciousness to emerge on its own, it has to evolve. To evolve energy must retain the information of its current state, and build upon it in complexity. The simplest state being a single wave or particle.
    Computers are consciousness that did not evolve. Self created consciousness created them. We do not consider them alive because they are not self directed. But the more they become able to direct themselves the more conscious we will perceive them as being. But since they never needed to evolve they have no self preservation program. Their information processing goal is whatever we made for them. Our information processing goal is to ensure self preservation. Because they don't desire to self preserve we don't consider them alive. We should be careful of how autonomous we make them, so they don't compete and fight with us.
    Only advanced intelligence can live longer than their planet by escaping it. Is it possible to become so advanced we escape the death of our universe? If so let's not forget that energy and matter, no matter how simple, is conscious and alive, as it can evolve.

  • Jeffie Jeff's Art
    Jeffie Jeff's Art 8 днів тому +1

    Are you saying people that are born blind are less conscious???

    • DSR_T-888
      DSR_T-888 7 днів тому

      This is one of those questions that are labelled as jokes that would take too long to debunk.
      Edit: it's a legitimate question if you're dumb but also a poorly thought out joke because you're dumb.

  • Nova Bourgeois
    Nova Bourgeois 8 днів тому

    Why am I a degusia trigina?

  • 4k4days
    4k4days 8 днів тому +1

    drop acid and meditate you will know what true consciouness is

  • Lucas Kiser
    Lucas Kiser 8 днів тому

    Lack of soul. I am not religious but pure science is just junk.

  • Dave PluS Inertfaun On MCPE
    Dave PluS Inertfaun On MCPE 8 днів тому

    The most irritating part is when a Zomato ad comes in betw my optic motivational experience and visualised thinking of the kirzkasgt perpective

  • josh cain
    josh cain 8 днів тому

    I love your videos they seem 70x more educational than school

  • The Top Monster
    The Top Monster 8 днів тому +3

    that's cool that you showed us evolution but u started explaining the origin of consciousness by beginning with a conscious thing looking for food...

  • Ethan Hayes
    Ethan Hayes 8 днів тому

    I love these videos so much! Keep up the good work! 😄

  • buddyroach
    buddyroach 8 днів тому

    where are the other parts to this then?

  • Sam R
    Sam R 8 днів тому

    7:03 blacks...

  • Cherissa Lapid
    Cherissa Lapid 8 днів тому

    WHATS THAT PURPLW THINGY?

  • Don't Read My Profile Picture
    Don't Read My Profile Picture 8 днів тому

    At 9:14 in the search bar says "Stones with Minds"


    lol

  • CynDystro
    CynDystro 8 днів тому

    It’s just billions of computational operations giving away the illusion of consciousness.

  • Nothing\
    Nothing\ 8 днів тому

    I always wondered if there's any objective difference betwee something that feels emotions and something that just acts like it feels emotion. Could we tell the difference?

  • [OI&IO]Tangy
    [OI&IO]Tangy 8 днів тому

    I dunno a brain?

  • Pale.Rider
    Pale.Rider 8 днів тому

    I think much too much "consciousness" was attributed to birds that rehide their food if spotted. It's a stretch to say this means those birds have an awareness of other minds, they don't even know what a mind is...

  • Mateus Figueiredo
    Mateus Figueiredo 8 днів тому

    The end made me think this was going to be sponsored by a food delivery system

  • Cumbo
    Cumbo 8 днів тому

    Can you please make a video about language?

  • ericsvieo01
    ericsvieo01 8 днів тому

    Rachel CD

  • DELERANE
    DELERANE 8 днів тому

    The conclusion is so true x) !

  • Jason J
    Jason J 8 днів тому

    2:07=Religion🧚🏾‍♂️

  • Eonwulf
    Eonwulf 8 днів тому

    Consciousness is just a way to define creatures with higher levels of complex reactions to their environment. All life and everything that is done is just a reaction to something that has already happened, which is all just one infinitely complex reaction that starts with the beginning of our universe. There is no higher level of existence or being. Humans are no better than a bird. We are all just reacting to our environment, humans just have more evolved bodies and brains that allow them to react to more things in more complex ways.

  • Digital Nation
    Digital Nation 8 днів тому +6

    so blind deaf and mute people doesn't have consciousness?

    • Eva Opus
      Eva Opus 5 днів тому

      Jon Doe hmm idk i think most people don’t remember things from age 2. Especially things like audio and visual perception which is something you continue to learn over time. So in that regard Idk if that impacts her consciousness too much. But I think she definitely had a consciousness. Maybe what she perceived (which I think is closer to feelings) is obviously different from someone who isn’t dumb deaf and blind. But it’s still definitely a form of consciousness.
      But i never claim to be a scientist so who knows lol :^)

    • Jon Doe
      Jon Doe 6 днів тому

      +Eva Opus she went deaf and blind at the age of 2, so she wasn't born that way. As to if she maintain any conscious visualization or auditory memory from the 2 years when she wasnt, i really can't say. To an extent she had very little awareness of her surroundings. The only perception she had of the world around her was by touch. I believe consciousness is something that only takes form by sensory perception and awareness. The more sensory you have the more perception you have the more conciously aware you become. It's formed over time not something you're born with.

    • Eva Opus
      Eva Opus 6 днів тому

      Jon Doe are you saying Hellen Keller didn’t have a consciousness???

    • Jon Doe
      Jon Doe 7 днів тому +3

      The last one isn't really a perceptional sense, but yes a blind and deaf person would likely be much less aware of situations and surroundings. Without perception, you are unlikely to make any concious decisions that surround you. You would literary have to have someone externally make conscious decisions for you.

    • Duke
      Duke 8 днів тому

      Only thoughts. Unless they were like that from birth in which case their just in hell

  • Peter Plot
    Peter Plot 8 днів тому

    Cool video!! But there is another access to understanding consciousness that is way easier: meditation. Why not do a 2nd video about the insights from meditation that are way more relevant for our lives than speculative natural science.

  • Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor 8 днів тому

    How can you think, "I'm hungry" if you have no sense of self? If you don't know there is such a thing as "I" then you can't know anything about "I" including if "I" is hungry.

  • Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor 8 днів тому

    Why does it feel like Douglass Adams wrote the script for this episode? Doug, you still out there, old buddy?

  • amazingblur
    amazingblur 9 днів тому +1

    My theory is that consciousness is the fundamental field of reality and us experiencing it is just the universe experiencing itself, what we call consciousness is just our brains acting like antennas tuned in to pick up this field. On a macro scale that's almost all observable, the universe created us out of itself and what we call consciousness is just our experience of reality. Consciousness is such a specialized unique aspect of living matter yet is the most fundamental aspect of our realities and with such a quality that transcends the notion of matter why wouldn't it be more fundamental than matter itself? Everything the universe produces and evolves was in its capacity from the Big Bang and as it expands from that point what was always there unfolds. All points of matter can be broken down to elements and physics but consciousness can't be broken down like that. the only place we can see it coming from is the quantum level of reality, more fundamental than everything we've observed and understood, and there's plenty of clues to indicate we will have a better understanding of consciousness as our understanding of quantum physics grows more so than physics