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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Mohammed Hazzem
Mohammed Hazzem Hace 4 días
+MrBadBricks fun fact!europian people have the smallest dick mass of all races.
MrBadBricks good lord.... Oh yeah yeah right
The Russian Comrade oh yeah yeah
Reed Eisenbraun oh yeah yeah
RedGaming oh yeah yeah
Alexandra Hace 12 horas
So could we obtain even more consciousness when at some point it will take more effort to get food?
Fer Nan
Fer Nan Hace 13 horas
I love you guys
Matt Alluisi
Matt Alluisi Hace 14 horas
"The godhead cannot be an object of it's own knowledge." Alan watts
usedtobereign Hace 23 horas
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 Hace 23 horas
Maybe conciousness is the great filter
Tracy-allen Ezechukwu
So enlightening.
Thisura Dodangoda
Thisura Dodangoda Hace un día
I want my conscience to leave me alone.
Myth buster
Myth buster Hace un día
This made me think about how life started. You should do a video on sponaneous generation!
Matthew Chalfant
Matthew Chalfant Hace un día
Typical material nihilists, confusing sensory awareness for consciousness. smh
Lirei Taichen
Lirei Taichen Hace un día
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
Rocks are in a superposition of being both dead and alive. +100 IQ
Marjáy Lopez
Marjáy Lopez Hace un día
This make my head hurt
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Where are the birds
Brendan Maller
Brendan Maller Hace 2 días
Consciousness + Evolution in a nutshell. 👍
Good Vibez
Good Vibez Hace 2 días
Great video. It's time to expand our consciousness
wulphstein Hace 2 días
Yup! And other tricks to fool the unwary.
Dante Alighieri
Dante Alighieri Hace 2 días
I know exactly what consciousness is. But I'm not telling you. I'm kinda self conscious about it.
True Sheamus
True Sheamus Hace 2 días
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 Hace 3 días
I cannot pronounce your channel's name but I have subscribed and follow you though. Nice content.
Maxzors Hace un día
Jon Doe
Jon Doe Hace 3 días
Is consciousness edible?
Luis Miguel Garrido Genesta
*f o o d*
R D Hace 3 días
the brain named itsefs.
SuperMarioProGamer Hace 3 días
0:06 Thano's child
Kick-Yum Hace 4 días
you're not you when you're hungry have a consciousness
Signs 0203
Signs 0203 Hace 3 días
or a snickers
Ari MIn
Ari MIn Hace 4 días
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 Hace 4 días
i love you guys
Atrocious Conundrum
Atrocious Conundrum Hace 4 días
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 Hace 4 días
3:32 ~ *Khezu* ?!
James M
James M Hace 4 días
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 Hace 3 días
+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 Hace 3 días
Like anything else, there is no purpose. It just sort of is, that's all.
Phoenix Dawn
Phoenix Dawn Hace 4 días
I wish I was less conscious so I wouldn't eat as much! :p
Dark Ace
Dark Ace Hace 4 días
sounds like psychology 101
AL Can
AL Can Hace 4 días
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 Hace 4 días
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SK LLS Hace 4 días
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 Hace un día
+SK LLS Thank you, glad it helped =D
SK LLS Hace un día
+Francesco Sorcethanks mate that was an awesome explanation
Francesco Sorce
Francesco Sorce Hace 3 días
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 Hace 4 días
loved this video ❤️
MultiHunterBro Hace 4 días
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 ؟ Hace 4 días
ماشاءالله 👍
Warp - agar.io
Warp - agar.io Hace 5 días
hmm why didn’t i notice this
Fat Dinosaur
Fat Dinosaur Hace 5 días
I Like your Voice Steve Tylor I Salute you For your Voice
Grime Hace 5 días
“I used to look for food but now food comes to me” the half a tonne man
Barack Obama
Barack Obama Hace 5 días
Conciseness = soul
Amelie Schumacher
Amelie Schumacher Hace 5 días
Great video 👍
PolarFist Hace 5 días
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 Hace 5 días
The first thing I noticed No Birds why no Bird I need my Bird This is not my Bird
Shadow747 Hace 5 días
2:07 just like god 😂
Purple MonkeyDishwasher
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 Hace 5 días
7:56 h-hey beavis uuhhuhuhu wu-watch this uhhuhuh
Andrew Lones
Andrew Lones Hace 5 días
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 Hace 5 días
heart please
HighlandDroid Hace 5 días
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 Hace 5 días
I love this video
Silicon Tech
Silicon Tech Hace 5 días
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 Hace 5 días
Go lil’ purple boi!
MOTH Hace 5 días
these eyes are spoopy
Thiefers Hace 5 días
I eat, therefore I am.
Mr. P. Enis
Mr. P. Enis Hace 5 días
This videos left me even more confused than before
Ryan Cho
Ryan Cho Hace 6 días
I wonder if in a million years humans are going to evolve and think we are primitive animals
Adam Mudianto
Adam Mudianto Hace un hora
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 Hace un día
"Man is a rope stretched between beast and overman" ~ Nietzsche
Eyrok Arobaz
Eyrok Arobaz Hace 2 días
Heard of post-humanism?
Paige F
Paige F Hace 2 días
every species is always evolving. humans are and will always evolve
Kevin Abarca
Kevin Abarca Hace 3 días
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 Hace 6 días
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 Hace 6 días
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 Hace 6 días
4:45 is this 2d from tranz-gorillaz?
def5826 Hace 6 días
Templeton world charity foundation? Really?
Ebin Navis
Ebin Navis Hace 6 días
Hi team Kurzgesagt, Is it possible to make a vedio of Pineal glands and it's powers ?
Milan Lenčo
Milan Lenčo Hace 6 días
Wait, does this mean that some computer programs have primitive consciousness?
Carlo Leon
Carlo Leon Hace 6 días
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 Hace 3 días
Would you share why you disagree?
yaggle fraggle
yaggle fraggle Hace 6 días
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 Hace 6 días
Are you saying people that are born blind are less conscious???
DSR_T-888 Hace 5 días
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 Hace 6 días
Why am I a degusia trigina?
4k4days Hace 6 días
drop acid and meditate you will know what true consciouness is
Tanner Gray
Tanner Gray Hace 6 días
4k4days ya bro..
Lucas Kiser
Lucas Kiser Hace 6 días
Lack of soul. I am not religious but pure science is just junk.
Dave PluS Inertfaun On MCPE
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 Hace 6 días
I love your videos they seem 70x more educational than school
The Top Monster
The Top Monster Hace 6 días
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 Hace 6 días
I love these videos so much! Keep up the good work! 😄
buddyroach Hace 6 días
where are the other parts to this then?
Sam R
Sam R Hace 6 días
7:03 blacks...
Cherissa Lapid
Cherissa Lapid Hace 6 días
Don't Read My Profile Picture
At 9:14 in the search bar says "Stones with Minds" lol
CynDystro Hace 6 días
It’s just billions of computational operations giving away the illusion of consciousness.
Nothing\ Hace 6 días
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 Hace 6 días
I dunno a brain?
Pale.Rider Hace 6 días
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 Hace 6 días
The end made me think this was going to be sponsored by a food delivery system
Cumbo Hace 6 días
Can you please make a video about language?
ericsvieo01 Hace 6 días
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DELERANE Hace 6 días
The conclusion is so true x) !
Jason J
Jason J Hace 6 días
Eonwulf Hace 6 días
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 Hace 6 días
so blind deaf and mute people doesn't have consciousness?
Eva Opus
Eva Opus Hace 3 días
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 Hace 4 días
+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 Hace 4 días
Jon Doe are you saying Hellen Keller didn’t have a consciousness???
Jon Doe
Jon Doe Hace 5 días
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 Hace 6 días
Only thoughts. Unless they were like that from birth in which case their just in hell
Peter Plot
Peter Plot Hace 7 días
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 Hace 7 días
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 Hace 7 días
Why does it feel like Douglass Adams wrote the script for this episode? Doug, you still out there, old buddy?
amazingblur Hace 7 días
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
Sam P
Sam P Hace 7 días
Where do the souls aka conciousness come from?
Mr_Duckington Hace 7 días
Let's destroy all rocks maybe they will start a revolution like robots
Html. Anthony
Html. Anthony Hace 7 días
What about your conciseness when you eat some tasty little mushrooms
Sally Animalheart
Sally Animalheart Hace 7 días
It could be something to do with our 21 senses eeeeeeehh?
Toasty_42069 Hace 7 días
Are you saying a fucking chicken was smarter than me?
Moonglow Hace 7 días
Very interesting, this "consciousness". Where did it come from?
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