The Origin of Consciousness - How Unaware Things Became Aware


  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell개월 전

    Get the Consciousness poster here:

  2. Mohammed Hazzem

    Mohammed Hazzem일 전

    +MrBadBricks fun fact!europian people have the smallest dick mass of all races.



    MrBadBricks good lord.... Oh yeah yeah right



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  7. True Sheamus

    True Sheamus5 시간 전

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

  8. Zraffer-TD

    Zraffer-TD18 시간 전

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

  9. Jon Doe

    Jon Doe일 전

    Is consciousness edible?

  10. Luis Miguel Garrido Genesta

    Luis Miguel Garrido Genesta일 전

    *f o o d*

  11. R D

    R D일 전

    the brain named itsefs.

  12. SuperMarioProGamer

    SuperMarioProGamer일 전

    0:06 Thano's child

  13. Kick-Yum

    Kick-Yum일 전

    you're not you when you're hungry have a consciousness

  14. Signs 0203

    Signs 020311 시간 전

    or a snickers

  15. Ari MIn

    Ari MIn일 전

    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,

  16. Simina Dinca

    Simina Dinca일 전

    i love you guys

  17. Atrocious Conundrum

    Atrocious Conundrum일 전

    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.

  18. Sid

    Sid일 전

    3:32 ~ *Khezu* ?!

  19. James M

    James M일 전

    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?

  20. James M

    James M23 시간 전

    +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.

  21. Jon Doe

    Jon Doe일 전

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

  22. Phoenix Dawn

    Phoenix Dawn일 전

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

  23. Dark Ace

    Dark Ace일 전

    sounds like psychology 101

  24. AL Can

    AL Can일 전

    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.

  25. MrBadBricks

    MrBadBricks일 전

    👽👽👽👽👽👽👽 Flex like David Icke Flex like David Icke I think I know the truth I flex like David Icke I think I'm David Icke I flex like David Icke I think I know the truth I think I know the truth I flex like David Icke, man I think I know the truth, man These UFOs are real And these documents are proof, man Aliens are here, man The aliens are here, man The reptilians are here, man The Illuminati's listenin' Hitler never died The Holocaust's a lie Six million Jews? Show me the proof The moon landing's fake They never went to space Our president's a clone He always gets replaced When he fuck up The Jews are reptilians Bonding Israel to kill the Palestinians Man, when you wake up I hope you know the truth, man 'Cause David Icke was right 'Cause David Icke was right Flex like David Icke I think I'm David Icke, man I flex like David Icke I think I'm David Icke, man I know I'm David Icke 'Cause I know the truth And he knows the truth Back in the [records] they just believed s--s-ctually that The ancients and the accounts of the ancients, these entities form different names. Some people call them a serpent race, some people call them demonic. In the Islamic culture they call them djinns. All different names Stay woke Stay woke Stay woke Stay woke Stay woke Stay woke Flex like David Icke Flex like David Icke I think I'm David Icke I think I'm David Icke I think I'm David Icke I think I'm David Icke I think I'm David Icke I think I'm David Icke I think I'm David Icke, man I think I'm David Icke, man

  26. SK LLS

    SK LLS2 일 전

    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

  27. Francesco Sorce

    Francesco Sorce14 시간 전

    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

  28. Jocosa

    Jocosa2 일 전

    loved this video ❤️

  29. MultiHunterBro

    MultiHunterBro2 일 전

    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.

  30. الدخس ؟

    الدخس ؟2 일 전

    ماشاءالله 👍

  31. Warp -

    Warp - agar.io2 일 전

    hmm why didn’t i notice this

  32. Fat Dinosaur

    Fat Dinosaur2 일 전

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

  33. Grime

    Grime2 일 전

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

  34. Barack Obama

    Barack Obama2 일 전

    Conciseness = soul

  35. Amelie Schumacher

    Amelie Schumacher2 일 전

    Great video 👍

  36. PolarFist

    PolarFist2 일 전

    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.

  37. Omega Deadpool

    Omega Deadpool2 일 전

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

  38. Shadow747

    Shadow7472 일 전

    2:07 just like god 😂

  39. Purple MonkeyDishwasher

    Purple MonkeyDishwasher2 일 전

    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 TERROR2 일 전

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

  41. Andrew Lones

    Andrew Lones2 일 전

    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.

  42. _coffeeboat

    _coffeeboat2 일 전

    heart please

  43. HighlandDroid

    HighlandDroid2 일 전

    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.

  44. ArunPlaysPiano

    ArunPlaysPiano2 일 전

    I love this video

  45. Silicon Tech

    Silicon Tech3 일 전

    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... 😂😂😂

  46. Ethan Mulder

    Ethan Mulder3 일 전

    Go lil’ purple boi!

  47. MOTH

    MOTH3 일 전

    these eyes are spoopy

  48. Thiefers

    Thiefers3 일 전

    I eat, therefore I am.

  49. Mr. P. Enis

    Mr. P. Enis3 일 전

    This videos left me even more confused than before

  50. Ryan Cho

    Ryan Cho3 일 전

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

  51. Kevin Abarca

    Kevin Abarca14 시간 전

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

  52. Simon Deutsch

    Simon Deutsch일 전

    Maybe in 30 millione jears

  53. The End

    The End3 일 전

    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.

  54. Elenchus_ 115

    Elenchus_ 1153 일 전

    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. 😑

  55. Δreamer

    Δreamer3 일 전

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

  56. def5826

    def58263 일 전

    Templeton world charity foundation? Really?

  57. Ebin Navis

    Ebin Navis3 일 전

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

  58. Milan Lenčo

    Milan Lenčo3 일 전

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

  59. Carlo Leon

    Carlo Leon3 일 전

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

  60. Petar Petkov

    Petar Petkov10 시간 전

    Would you share why you disagree?

  61. yaggle fraggle

    yaggle fraggle3 일 전

    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.

  62. Jeffie Jeff's Art

    Jeffie Jeff's Art3 일 전

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

  63. DSR_T-888

    DSR_T-8882 일 전

    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.

  64. Nova Bourgeois

    Nova Bourgeois3 일 전

    Why am I a degusia trigina?

  65. 4k4days

    4k4days3 일 전

    drop acid and meditate you will know what true consciouness is

  66. Tanner Gray

    Tanner Gray3 일 전

    4k4days ya bro..

  67. Lucas Kiser

    Lucas Kiser3 일 전

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

  68. Dave PluS Inertfaun On MCPE

    Dave PluS Inertfaun On MCPE3 일 전

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

  69. josh cain

    josh cain3 일 전

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

  70. The Top Monster

    The Top Monster3 일 전

    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...

  71. Ethan Hayes

    Ethan Hayes3 일 전

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

  72. buddyroach

    buddyroach4 일 전

    where are the other parts to this then?

  73. Sam R

    Sam R4 일 전

    7:03 blacks...

  74. Cherissa Lapid

    Cherissa Lapid4 일 전


  75. Don't Read My Profile Picture

    Don't Read My Profile Picture4 일 전

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

  76. CynDystro

    CynDystro4 일 전

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

  77. Nothing\

    Nothing\4 일 전

    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?

  78. [OI&IO]Tangy

    [OI&IO]Tangy4 일 전

    I dunno a brain?

  79. Pale.Rider

    Pale.Rider4 일 전

    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...

  80. Mateus Figueiredo

    Mateus Figueiredo4 일 전

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

  81. Cumbo

    Cumbo4 일 전

    Can you please make a video about language?

  82. ericsvieo01

    ericsvieo014 일 전

    Rachel CD


    DELERANE4 일 전

    The conclusion is so true x) !

  84. Jason J

    Jason J4 일 전


  85. Eonwulf

    Eonwulf4 일 전

    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.

  86. Digital Nation

    Digital Nation4 일 전

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

  87. Eva Opus

    Eva Opus일 전

    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 :^)

  88. Jon Doe

    Jon Doe일 전

    +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.

  89. Eva Opus

    Eva Opus일 전

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

  90. Jon Doe

    Jon Doe3 일 전

    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.

  91. Duke

    Duke3 일 전

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

  92. Peter Plot

    Peter Plot4 일 전

    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.

  93. Eric Taylor

    Eric Taylor4 일 전

    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.

  94. Eric Taylor

    Eric Taylor4 일 전

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

  95. amazingblur

    amazingblur4 일 전

    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

  96. Sam P

    Sam P4 일 전

    Where do the souls aka conciousness come from?

  97. Mr_Duckington

    Mr_Duckington4 일 전

    Let's destroy all rocks maybe they will start a revolution like robots

  98. Html. Anthony

    Html. Anthony4 일 전

    What about your conciseness when you eat some tasty little mushrooms

  99. Sally Animalheart

    Sally Animalheart4 일 전

    It could be something to do with our 21 senses eeeeeeehh?

  100. Toasty_42069

    Toasty_420694 일 전

    Are you saying a fucking chicken was smarter than me?

  101. Moonglow

    Moonglow4 일 전

    Very interesting, this "consciousness". Where did it come from?

  102. sarah cookie

    sarah cookie4 일 전

    Who else is watching a Kurzgesagt marathon? Well,i am

  103. Megalodon Films

    Megalodon Films4 일 전

    Waiting for the religious comments.

  104. Mohammed Fauzi

    Mohammed Fauzi4 일 전

    Do you realise how INCREDULOUS your explanation is?

  105. Kinsei

    Kinsei4 일 전

    how so

  106. Kokurai Otaku

    Kokurai Otaku4 일 전

    That four-legged creature freaking terrified me the moment it developed eyes

  107. Daniel Houck

    Daniel Houck5 일 전

    6:15 You shouldn't give kittens balls of yarn; it's apparently actually pretty dangerous as a choking hazard. If they have object permanence, that means you also shouldn't hide balls of yarn under opaque cups where the kitten can then remove the cup.

  108. Benjamin Rotonnelli

    Benjamin Rotonnelli5 일 전

    Thanks for all that work and the very scientific way you perform it ! Would be so great if every media was as careful and aware about what they tell their public as you !

  109. TheReal Tropics

    TheReal Tropics5 일 전

    Being intelligent is a curse

  110. Narkissa Palli

    Narkissa Palli5 일 전

    I'd love to see this animation style/ animator on a t.v. show on cartoon network

  111. Guyal Sfere

    Guyal Sfere5 일 전

    Really hitting it out of the park here

  112. Sfk Sn

    Sfk Sn5 일 전

    Thanks to Sabri Varal and Prion Lol 👏🏻

  113. ronnerizvi

    ronnerizvi5 일 전

    What happened to the birds?

  114. -FUN MEMES-

    -FUN MEMES-5 일 전

    Really who cares?

  115. Natei

    Natei5 일 전

    The evolution of Consciousness is to use less of it, makes sense.

  116. Mohamed Ameri

    Mohamed Ameri5 일 전

    2:17 A visual representation of myself, eat, fuck and barely move.

  117. Sérgio dos Reis

    Sérgio dos Reis5 일 전

    What if just like the eyes, we humans still lack some type of organ to perceive some other aspect of reality? Some kind of hidden sense that would enable us to have a higher level of understanding of the universe.

  118. Extremely Mediocre

    Extremely Mediocre5 일 전

    Enough time given, we may develop one

  119. GatoVerde TV

    GatoVerde TV5 일 전

    you did not really answered but the video was entertaining

  120. ketchup bottle

    ketchup bottle4 일 전

    There arent really solid answers for the topics kurzgesagt discusses

  121. blue jojopet

    blue jojopet6 일 전

    my brain hurts just thinking about this subject

  122. JP Fielding

    JP Fielding6 일 전

    man, i'm hungry. i'll evolve my mind and the rest of civilisation cuz i feel like it

  123. itsmejinnn

    itsmejinnn6 일 전

    The background music reminds me of Lavender Town