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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
Get the Consciousness poster here: standard.tv/collections/in-a-nutshell/products/in-a-nutshell-consciousness-poster
safer safer
safer safer 7 days ago
Kanal bir Türk kanalı ama hiç Türk yok ;(
Michele G
Michele G 11 days ago
Sorry, logic, and knowledge refuted the first argument about rocks being unable to move. Magma is rock and it moves, not randomly but in response to other rock. Your second statement about a self seeks out things to sustain it, replicates and repeats. Magma seeks out other elements in the earth, grows more rock therefore replicates and repeats. Therefore by your own argument rock is a self. Igneous rock intrudes on and through other rock that it displaces. This a great subject but so far while the foundation seems good about consciousness evolving incrementally it could done so quickly assuming that we have a definition of consciousness.
Aseem Bansal
Aseem Bansal Month ago
But the question in my mind is "why and how did survival instinct originate in first place?" as everything else follows from that (looking for food etc. ) .. but why did a lump of hydrocarbons wanted to survive when an electric current hit it?
Leonard Philipp Gaffke
Hallo liebes Kurzgesagt Team. Gibt es diese Doku hier über das Bewusstsein auch auf deutsch? Wenn ja dann verlinkt Sie uns doch bitte. Vielen Dank.
간장
간장 Hour ago
I'm hungry
Stefano Portoghesi
Stefano Portoghesi 7 hours ago
Crystals show some sort of basic awareness by growing in larger and larger structures over time under certain conditions , inside caves underground , for example . They appear to "reproduce" themselves in a similar way living organisms do reproduce themselves .
Enki Enlil
Enki Enlil 11 hours ago
I always imagined drinking but not
Enki Enlil
Enki Enlil 11 hours ago
U fucking idiot I'm fooling my self drunk.,but not but too effective for undreaming set a dream time between 8a:m upwards
GodlyAtheist
GodlyAtheist 18 hours ago
What consciousness ultimately is, is a wasted gift. When we gain awareness in a dream we experience consciousness for the "first time" all over again, and it's such an exhilarating experience with endless possibility. Only to then wake up back into the dream like state that is our reality. Lacking the freedoms and wonder that we so rarely get a glimpse at in our dreams. Then again this is coming from someone who never got to experience life because of my differences, so my opinion is greatly skewed. Wish they had a cure for nightmares that didn't require a bullet to the head.
Cristian Marín
Conclusion: I eat, therefore, I am.
Anthony Nguyen
WHERE MY BirDS 😤
DougtheDonkeyTV
God, I love these; something about them is just so perfect and nice to me
eccentricwriter
eccentricwriter 2 days ago
Gotta love how reality is such a worthless hellscape that everything is forced to exist in. With minds that aren't even theirs, constructed out of nothing but memories of what did and did not hurt them. Only "wanting" to survive, reproduce and do much of anything else because of unending pavlovian torture at the hands of the skinner boxes that are their bodies. Real worthwhile existence we've all got here. 10/10, would incarnate again.
I Like YouTube.
Well said
paululuapr
paululuapr 2 days ago
You're talking about brain functions again instead of conciousness
Jiraya Uzumaki
Jiraya Uzumaki 2 days ago
Everything good and fine, but what´s the mechanism of developing consciousness? The video shows just the island but I would also like to know the way how we achieve these islands...
Sean M.
Sean M. 3 days ago
Where’s pet 2?
某凡
某凡 3 days ago
這很奇怪,視覺能力和飢餓都不能說明我有意識。 我可以閉上眼或變成盲人,但我的意識並不會消失。
Aron Blancia
Aron Blancia 4 days ago
The music is real creepy
sameh elzoubi
sameh elzoubi 4 days ago
I fell conciseness on bad friends.
Philip
Philip 4 days ago
Where is part 2?
조째리
조째리 5 days ago
우와
MASOL
MASOL 5 days ago
I will define consciousness: Consciousness is an illusion that allows us to survive.
I Like YouTube.
I Like YouTube. 4 days ago
I could not say illusion even if we don't know what actually it is but if u say its an illusion then u r deluded af
DulleCo
DulleCo 5 days ago
Amazing vid
Astronaught
Astronaught 5 days ago
Heyy, I got through a Kurzgesagt video without getting an existential crisi.. oh boy here we go..
Lil Phil
Lil Phil 5 days ago
“Hungry selves”
ejm 2305
ejm 2305 5 days ago
*mOrE fOoD*
Gabriel Fernandes Chiarelo
So, a cat have a less developed consciousness than us This means that we can possible reach a high level of consciousness, right ? But, this is not something possible to think about What can be more consciousness than this ... ?
Zia Ashley
Zia Ashley 14 hours ago
When, after we find out what conscious really is?
danzigvssartre
danzigvssartre 5 days ago
The rather circular argument in this video unfold as follows: Things develop consciousness to help navigate the world and get food for energy. But why does it need food for energy? Because it alive. But why is it alive? Because it is conscious. Bad philosophy.
earth you are here
what is concesnes
Francis Mausley
Francis Mausley 7 days ago
I'll keep independently seeking... "He who has the consciousness of reality has eternal life-that lamp which can never be extinguished." - Abdu’l-Baha, Baha'i Faith
King Pin
King Pin 7 days ago
Would be cool if you covered lucid dreaming too
earth you are here
OOOOWOOOO
Anton Geronimo
Anton Geronimo 7 days ago
Doesn't anybody realize that this is a religious movie?
Anton Geronimo
Anton Geronimo 6 days ago
@Pixelart Animations no they are not using science. "Using science" would be using the scientific method or recorded data derived from that method. The scentific method is, observe something, make an assumption of what it is you observe, then try something out based on that assumption, then if what you tried based on the assumption recreated what you observed do it again and again until you can absolutely prove that your assumption is right. Evolution is an assumption that is impossible to try out. To then talk about is as if it was proven is a lie, ut since most people dont know that they just repeat what someone else has said, and since it is based on no logic or proof and it is saying that a god doesnt exist it is just blind faith. It is extremely religious. Not much better than believing that the muslim prophet Muhammed went to Jerusalem in the night when everybody else was sleeping, riding on a flying donkey, and then repeat it as a truth just because Muhammed himself wrote it in his book. "I flew on a donkey yesterday. It's true!! You were asleep so you have no reason to disbelieve me!!" "Frogs developed from fish. It's true!! You have never seen frogs develop from something else so you have no reason to disbelieve me!!"
Pixelart Animations
Anton Geronimo but. Theyre just using science, is science something religious?
Anton Geronimo
Anton Geronimo 6 days ago
@Pixelart Animations Nobody knows how and why animals and plants are like they are. Evolution is just a theory, but one that is mathematically impossible. Creator stories are also mathematically impossible. But if you say god doesn't exist, which you do if you say evolution is a fact, that is a religios standpoint. The only science here is the scientific method, and that is not used when you talk about the development of consciousness, because there is nowhere to apply it.
Pixelart Animations
Anton Geronimo what?
shelby wilson
shelby wilson 7 days ago
Spider thing
Khoa Nguyễn
Khoa Nguyễn 7 days ago
wow this's so good
Noelkinz G.Roman
Noelkinz G.Roman 8 days ago
Let me tell you what you are: You are the present that is aware with science, when you think you fall asleep and you go unconscious. as a person you use time to dream of becoming because you like surprises but when you lose yourself to much in the surprise you become confused because you are absent from the truth witch is presence in essence. than when you open your eyes and realize that you are here in consciousness you become complete again because you are conscious but then you go back incomplete as a person and go unconscious because it lets you dream and when you dream you live with purpose. wherever you focus on you become it. you are a ball of light that travels up and down left and right what are you? you are and awareness and awareness is light. but this is just a theory, because at the end of the day everything is a mystery, and endless mystery and that is how you should remain as endless mystery pushing itself forward to the expansion of infinity. you can take it or leave it. because you have the right to be free. like the light of wisdom and the light of freedom.
subham dutta
subham dutta 8 days ago
Aaaaah, the background music really annoys me.
qaraqar natsikrüt
I found reply but dont say If i say you understand all of them
Kedi Hırsızı
Kedi Hırsızı 8 days ago
I think that consciousness is something else it is a pure philosophic existance. Looking for food or running away from being a food are just the unconscious instincts that are stored in our solid minds. None of us knows why there are living creatures or why they have all theese instincts to survive but we know that we became conscious about it somehow. Consciousnes is not something related with brain functions cause we have it all the time. It's just being pressured down by our instincts and other evolutional things.
Furry Sparkle
Furry Sparkle 9 days ago
So those other videos? I want some more!
Luciano Simmons
Luciano Simmons 9 days ago
Wowww! So a 2 day old chick would view a baby under 8 mo the same as we view field cattle .. dumb and unaware and a resource to utilize if possible... Ty for this! This is the inspired thinking I try to explain to people I see squishing bugs, or killing plants unecessarily even. Ty!
Luciano Simmons
Luciano Simmons 9 days ago
"the consciousness we humans enjoy/are cursed with today?"...corrected the intro. Ty for these videos. I WISH I had access to this as a child! But... As the video illustrates my daughter will enjoy my lack of information as I ride the backs of those before me.
Squintis
Squintis 9 days ago
Yeah, but why life? Like why did a strand of rna just go “oh hey I think I’m gonna start copying myself. And Im gonna need energy so I guess I gotta eat.” Why not just... not life?
Meido In Hebun
Meido In Hebun 5 days ago
@Squintis Again, because of its physical/chemical characteristics, carbon molecules can bind to four different atoms at once and can form long chains, which means complex molecules can form, unlike water or most other elements. The only other element that can do so is silicon but it's much less stable (it's why in science fiction there's silicon based rock-like creatures, but this is just fiction). Evolution is basically chance, those RNA bubbles did "just exist", but as millions of years passed, at some point things aligned just right and made the first very primitive cells appear, it may have been the result of being energized and moved around by the crashing of waves in the primordial soup, from thunder, lightning, rain, etc. Consider we're talking about things happening over extreme amounts of time that our brains can't really comprehend other than as a number.
Squintis
Squintis 5 days ago
@Meido In Hebun well I get that. but what made them not just attract and turn into another none living molecule? like I know the experiment that shows how amino acids could come into existence but.. when did the amino acids turn into proteins? and how? did dna come first or proteins? and then why evolve at all? water hasn't evolved. rocks don't evolve. why did these molecules decided to eat and reproduce? like what got us to LUCA? the whole sea geo vents make sense but there's still so many questions. like why did those bubbles of rna do anything at all instead of just exist?
Meido In Hebun
Meido In Hebun 7 days ago
It's because of its physical characteristics, its shape and its composition, it results in a movement of particles that ends up replicating itself. Like how two drops of water will merge into one when they come in contact, but much more complicated. And it builds from there, resulting in what we call evolution.
Nidhi Rao
Nidhi Rao 9 days ago
Thank you so much for this video. I would like to duly credit this video for helping me write an interesting report for my Zoology assignment.
Reverse communist
I just remember Noah screaming: F O O D
hippity hoppity I don't own any property
What is that thumbnail tho 😂
Matheus M.
Matheus M. 10 days ago
I thought this video would delve deeper into the matter of self awareness, and how our counsciousness has evolved to such a point we are able to forget our basic instincts for a while and question our own reality and our own self.
Lulα Drαws
Lulα Drαws 10 days ago
when they started talking about how you can order food from home at the end of the video i thought they were gonna say the video was sponsored by uber eats
ANHGAMEG1195
ANHGAMEG1195 10 days ago
Kênh thật là tuyệt vời
Moždana ćelija
Moždana ćelija 11 days ago
How can a being develop something from inside itself, unaware and unwillingly, knowing how to do it, it just does it, for example develops eye or improves it, in 500.000 years or less/more, nevermind. If there was a blind fish millions of years ago, his species evolved in a way to have sight in half billion years. How would that species grow an eye for him to see? This, this, I cant stand this anymore. It bothers me so much, is there someone to help me out? Dont tell its God.
Sharky Gaming
Sharky Gaming 11 days ago
Yo why they getting so many dislikes dis a good vid lol
real esbastow
real esbastow 11 days ago
4:58 **GASP** U JUST ATE OUR FRIEND!
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