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
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Seriously when does part 2 of consiouness come out kurz😃
Mike Pastore
Mike Pastore Month ago
I got a question to see if Kurzgesagt could possibly make a video about this. So, all of things that these videos are saying is true, however there is something lacking. Dismissing religion simply as a construct brought up because humanity was oblivious to the information known today is a common theme. However, it would be interesting to see a video explaining the possibility of religion due to the fact of the lack of information we still own as a species. Such lack of information would include our limited perspective of dimensions (4th dimension...). Also, our lack of vision with a small degree of vision on the electromagnetic spectrum, and lack of 95% of what happens in the universe ( anti-matter, energy, etc.). Also explaining why humans are willing to die for causes they believe in such as religion, country, family( even though this goes against animals basic mechanics). I’m not talking from a religious perspective but, a scientific perspective to see get information and spread information on the possibility that we simply just don’t know about an ultimate creator or not. It would be awesome to see this if you guys can put something out there and I’m a big fan of your videos.
Rhodora Cataluna
Diner bone
landofold 2 hours ago
Tfw when you're just a tiny worm known for your funny face.
The Thinking Being
The Thinking Being 3 hours ago
The ability to be aware of our habits and the big picture
MahdiYsondre 4 hours ago
All along the video, the notions of cognition and consciousness are confused. The video doesn't talk about consciousness at all. It's pitiful. The author has absolutely not understood the concept of consciousness, and claims to be able to explain it to others. The definition of consciousness is very clear. By the way, this is an entity which can't be observed. Each of us knows that he has consciousness, but we can't prove that the others have. It's just intuition. Consciousness is a metaphysical entity. Natural selection and adaptation have no reason to induce consciousness, and even they had, they couldn't do it, because it's metaphysical. Consciousness is the greatest mystery, with the origin of the world, but to understand what I'm saying, you have to understand the concept of consciousness, and it's not on PubMed (metaphysics is not about science), it is rather in the philosophical literature (Aristotle, St. Francis Aquinas,...). Scientific fanatisme is a barrier for the mind. I love Science, but everthing is not about science.
LVB animations and stuff
This was the first Video I watched od this channel. No regrets.
mythirdchannel 9 hours ago
got a feeling I'll be having an existential crisis now everything I get hungry :P
Gustavo Moura
Gustavo Moura 10 hours ago
Very good video, thank you.
Dillon White
Dillon White 15 hours ago
Is it not just memory+the ability to speak ?
Ariful Arifin
Ariful Arifin 16 hours ago
Evolution? Really? I thought you guys were smart..
Rigz Movie Diaries
Rigz Movie Diaries 20 hours ago
We are just a wet squishy muscle with chemicals in it
Mr. sir
Mr. sir Day ago
Why are most of the people in these videos black?
Mr. sir
Mr. sir Day ago
Aravind M
Aravind M Day ago
Nice Video... Good concepts!... Keep Rocking... Looking forward for lot More interesting Video's... Much Love, Peace and Harmony...😇
cursed alien
cursed alien Day ago
So basically, food was the first thing anyone thought about.
• I am a Funny YouTuber lol
Kurzgegst narrator said a living thing needs energy to survive then why does an cell which is unconscious even know it needs energy to survive what nonsense is this actually😂.
Darketek Day ago
1:30 - 1:37 enjoy is a strong word
Ben Gill
Ben Gill 2 days ago
Great video but still no explaination really... i really think it's outside of what we understand but I have no idea what or how, obviously.. I just hope I find out when I die haha
Constantinus Augustus
say it pussies - it's Divine
biiirca 2 days ago
The mantle of responsibility
Adithya Purushothaman
Advaita Vedanta seems to explain consciousness in greater detail.
pagina por favor
pagina por favor 2 days ago
6:17 haha creepy asf. Hiding teddy bear
typhoon320i 2 days ago
Our senses interpreting the world around us is our "graphical user interface" for a large data structure we exist in.
Jason Ivy
Jason Ivy 3 days ago
Are plants considered Conscious
proximaism 3 days ago
You didn't explain how unaware things became aware.rather postulated how awareness evolved.
• I am a Funny YouTuber lol
But the thing is the only way u can explain it otherwise u will think its becuse of intelligence that we become consiouness which is true but not consiousness was Definetly not a evolutionary type of thing that happend for the sake of happening like life.
samuel boywhyte
samuel boywhyte 3 days ago
And our want for food came from wanting to stay alive. So maybe consciousness came from wanting to live 🙃
jesse ledab
jesse ledab 3 days ago
This video equivocated consciousness with intelligence. That's an error of perspective.
Diane Nguyen
Diane Nguyen 4 days ago
I want google to stop translating video titles
darkordies 4 days ago
8:32 How can something with no conscience "urge"?
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I have no idea at all but it has something to do with emergence.
Xz Insanity zX
Xz Insanity zX 5 days ago
that animation is so clean i just had to like and sub
River Towner
River Towner 5 days ago
God equipped us with all "Senses" and wisdom to communicate and realize the outer and our inner worlds. It is the the "Designer's Work" Bro....higly sophisticated ...and Complete...with "Irreducable Complexity"......Come out of the Darwin's mythical postulations...he didn't even know about the structure of a cell...lol!!
Job Graza
Job Graza 6 days ago
Your animation style is awesome and really helps in understanding
Sweet Leaf
Sweet Leaf 6 days ago
The cutest video on RUvid.
Belzedor homm
Belzedor homm 6 days ago
Tropical 6 days ago
Can you do a video on quasar and chaos theory
CHIEF CHILI 6 days ago
Birdfree? Edit:nvm
ll Tempxst ll
ll Tempxst ll 6 days ago
looks like 60fps animation? if so, props
Noah Gilbertson
Noah Gilbertson 7 days ago
Wheres the follow up to this video
Charlie Angkor
Charlie Angkor 7 days ago
Imagine we could put a million of electrodes into all places of our brain and connect them to a decoder and allow other people send a wireless signal into the decoder and activate various neurons all around our brain (with the possibility of disabling this access function). That is language. The wireless signal is acoustic. The decoder is the language cortex.
Charlie Angkor
Charlie Angkor 7 days ago
When I drive bicycle on a road with trees and want to reduce my sun exposure, I ride slower in shadow and faster on the sun. Same like the somethingium bacterium in the water.
Charlie Angkor
Charlie Angkor 7 days ago
My stone shows crumbling behaviour.
Charlie Angkor
Charlie Angkor 7 days ago
To make a machine conscious you need to make it capable of telling you what it is perceiving in a given percept.
Charlie Angkor
Charlie Angkor 7 days ago
I think to understand consciousness, we have to follow reasoning without prejudices. Surprosingly, consciousness is acally a word. It has a relationship to the language cortex. We ask "are you conscious of X"? Example: are you conscious of your blood sodium level or heart beat? The answer is no. Your body knows it very well and controls tightly, but there is no pathway how to reroute that information into your language cortex. Consciousness is the set of percepts that can be queried inside the brain and rerouted to language cortex or other part of brain that is able to transmit information outside the body - by speech, gesture, facial expression etc. When you sleep you can talk about your dreama later but cannot talk about what was going in your head during deep sleep. Therefore you are conscious of dreams, but not of deep sleep. Your visual cortex perceives thousands of edges and corners every second but you are not conscious of them. You can reroute them into your language cortex on demand and become conscious of them. Example: "how many lines does my lower eyelid form?"
sammy man9000
sammy man9000 7 days ago
Man this has always been my favorite
Schnu Me
Schnu Me 8 days ago
Where you show the parts of the worm and it points to its face and it just says funny LOL
Loagz Beatz
Loagz Beatz 8 days ago
Probably the best explanation of consciousness I’ve read so far was “God Speaks” by Meher Baba. Simply amazing. 🙌🏼
• I am a Funny YouTuber lol
Never mind this video its misleading I know the brain has enough intlegence to survive honeslty ok having consiouness helps us make our food come to us which makes ourwork as an intelligent species easy but this video does not state why we have consiouness only the brain fictions like memory and such smh😂
Escape Velocity
Escape Velocity 8 days ago
We make our own rules as to what consciousness is and then remain perplexed when faced with the inevitable contradictions that arise from that assumption. Consciousness is simply the capacity for change, therefore everything in timespace is conscious. The ability to direct change is a result of complexity of design only. For example, if you give a monkey and a human a relatively simple puzzle, the monkey will complete the task quicker than the human and with less errors. This is because of the complexity of our nervous system by comparison, not because the monkey is smarter or has more consciousness. Some animals can grow back whole limbs, tails or heads, because of a lack of complexity, so the error count in cell regrowth is much lower. We channel a wider band of the consciousness spectrum than animals, which creates interference patterns that we call thought and emotion which give us the impression of free will.
iranai__ 8 days ago
7:59 D: WTF
Aesthetically Pleasing
This channel is literally just a big existential crisis
Twisty 9 days ago
These eyes make me uncomfortable
Benigno Paraisu
Benigno Paraisu 9 days ago
That "little conscious effort" gave me a sting on my spines....
chris sonofpear1
chris sonofpear1 10 days ago
Any discussion of autism, by the way? And how many claim autists do not 'have a theory of mind of other people'?
Dark Coffee Bean
Dark Coffee Bean 10 days ago
Where's the next conciousness video?!
Daniel Cabrera
Daniel Cabrera 10 days ago
too shallow
Dr Patrick Nebulus
Dr Patrick Nebulus 10 days ago
First we need to find out what *unconsciousness* really is!
• I am a Funny YouTuber lol
Dream state also known as (beta).
Susan Fredlund
Susan Fredlund 10 days ago
consiousness is a lie there is only senses and instinct. instinct is only intelligence we have.
• I am a Funny YouTuber lol
So what u r say in is consiouness is intelligence in descise wow how funny😂
Yuyao Chen
Yuyao Chen 10 days ago
The essence of life is the pursue of food.....Okay...
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Seems great huh😂
insanityking 500
insanityking 500 11 days ago
The little ball creature reminds me of the things I created in Spore a long time ago.
OZZY Guilty
OZZY Guilty 11 days ago
This is better than national geographics
IndigoJayz Yogababa
Well yeah vision is important for our kind of consciousness but what about bats? Or a blind person, blind people are still very conscious:D
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