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Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
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Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
You can find our beautiful education posters in our shop: shop.kurzgesagt.org Ok! Intelligence! Next up in this series: more Consciousness and similar things! And by next up we mean in like half a year or so. Probably longer. But we are on it! Bigs thanks to the Templeton World Charity Foundation for supporting this series!
Antonio Rodrigues Jr
@Steffany Soares o inglês aqui é muito claro
Just bought some space posters and I cant get enough of them.
ッZEROID Month ago
I know it's too hard to make it real but please try to do the easy game what would be just like In the video
Jasmine Pessendawatch
Make a poster on the anatomy of the human brain! Please :)
Make this as a game PLEASE
Lulu's Blues
Lulu's Blues 4 hours ago
"we have the toolbox, we just need to use it" is so inspirational
AlX ARGUETA 10 hours ago
y e l l o w b e a n
Dice Boy
Dice Boy 22 hours ago
Someone needs to make a petition for this to be an actual game
Diego C.
Diego C. 22 hours ago
7:40 Gromit 😉
WaterWeb Day ago
What’s bokemon
Christian Callini
Kurzesagt: we have the tool box, we just need to use it Karens: No, i don't think i will
Lovetadraw 2 days ago
I've always wondered if my cat thinks he's human or I'm a type of cat.
Mitullesh Engarshal
20th Century Fox with 1994 Normal Fanfare (Home Entertainment Style) (PAL Version)
Fun With Yash
Fun With Yash 2 days ago
Logic: exists Intelligence: exists People:I’m gonna ignore that.
Mazin Zain
Mazin Zain 2 days ago
0:37 i thought to never be creatvie again
ryan john hernandez
8:30 is depressing
Juan K.30
Juan K.30 3 days ago
I thought the video was in Spanish ... because the title is in Spanish
Noah Simon Lenk
Noah Simon Lenk 3 days ago
I just noticed having multiple personalities isn’t a disease, you have tons of neurons. They are all single and just form a net.
Mr. Biscuits
Mr. Biscuits 4 days ago
The sentence "we have the toolbox, we just need to use it" is very philosofical and smart which makes me think about life very deeply
Fahad Bakather
Fahad Bakather 4 days ago
مافي عرب
Francine Caldwell
I’d definitely play a survival game in kurzgesagt’s art style
Satria Jannatan
Satria Jannatan 3 days ago
How coincidental, the comment exactly matches the top comment
Hong Lo Van
Hong Lo Van 5 days ago
“Something humans value highly-intelligence” that is debatable
KichiroRC 3 days ago
Muks 5 days ago
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Gustavo Masis
Gustavo Masis 5 days ago
Palanquin Skies
Palanquin Skies 5 days ago
At the mention of Pokémon, I instantly hit the like button. One of the fastest likes I have ever given on RUvid.
danny rich
danny rich 5 days ago
we shouldn't be proud of pokemon
Chris Fykes
Chris Fykes 5 days ago
Seeing that scene at 1:24 makes me really want a game like that
Thunda Phantøm
Thunda Phantøm 6 days ago
so no one peeped the shaun the sheep reference??? no?? ok
Nathaniel Thomas
Nathaniel Thomas 6 days ago
8:10 Michio Kaku: hold my particle accelerator
i love your videos just add more of the video games
oh and i have a bird of my own to find me just check Garki FCT Abuja
Jeevsub 7 days ago
Sid Meier's Civilization Kurzgesagt Edition
Kristo Mefisto
Kristo Mefisto 8 days ago
9:15 I want the infographic poster about human history!
Juliana Cristina
Juliana Cristina 8 days ago
I'm here because the channel Alemanizando. Thanks Elissa and Rodrigo.
shotx 8 days ago
This is the master when you intersect valuable information with beautiful graphics.
Docter Madhouse 2.0
Not now mom im trying to upgrade intelligence
juan lapuente
juan lapuente 9 days ago
Nice, but in minute 5:45 you say that chimpanzees use sticks to fish for termites in tree holes and this is wrong. They use stick tools to fish for ants in trees and for termites in termite mounds, beside many other tool uses.
Kevin Lopez Cerrato
Hey i got a question what is space time and is it realy flat?
Ezra Barnes
Ezra Barnes 5 days ago
@Kevin Lopez Cerrato go outside and look up I think I saw a space up there
Kevin Lopez Cerrato
and are worm holes part of space or what is space??
Almant pavlov
Almant pavlov 10 days ago
Imagine Kurzgesagt making one game that includes all of the games from all of the videos! Start as bacteria, evolve, get consciousness, play the game from this video and evolve further. I know this looks like SPORE but God, I want a game made in this art style!
Gourav Yadav
Gourav Yadav 10 days ago
Kurzgesagt - What is intelligence? Einstein - 𝙄 𝙖𝙢 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚...
Kade Park
Kade Park 10 days ago
Poster with astronomical facts please!
Atlas Che
Atlas Che 11 days ago
Wait,5:41,is that master sword and Rupee in legend of Zelda?and 5:56,shield of Hylian?
I gotta kill something
We use to think about the future, but now we are more worried about the here, and now.
jagdeep dhillon
jagdeep dhillon 11 days ago
Guys we really need to stop training these animals and making them intelligent. NOW!!!
Tofiu Games
Tofiu Games 12 days ago
Can you make a video about Warp Drive
BumBum gaming
BumBum gaming 12 days ago
Kurzgesagt: What is intelligence? Me: laughs in 200 IQ
Dios Espiral
Dios Espiral 12 days ago
No entendi nada mas que la animacion esta bien perrona XD
Alejandro Rodriguez Rendon
Deberían hacer un video de como se adapta el cerebro y que cambios hace a cambios como leer o hacer problemas matematicos
Allen Naliath
Allen Naliath 12 days ago
It’s really interesting that we are intelligent enough to write and read. Two different people with different experiences can look at shapes on a page and understand the ideas that the writer was trying to communicate. They can even communicate with each other about these ideas. It’s so cool that we can turn something as abstract as an idea into something we can perceive from shapes on a page or screen.
Isaac Keigwin
Isaac Keigwin 12 days ago
I I 13 days ago
I encountered an aspect of IQ I’ve never heard of - the implications of one’s beliefs. I know an uneducated person that believes science is just a religion and scientists practice that religion. This person believes that scientists’ religion is wrong - that the earth is in fact only 10,000 years old and animals don’t evolve. This person doesn’t comprehend the implications of his beliefs that include: 1. university is a waste of time because scientists don’t learn about evidence - only a belief system (or religion). 2. All branches of science (and many thousands of scientists) are wrong - Physicists and engineers that design and build equipment for carbon dating, geologists, all biologists, molecular biologist, paleontologists, comparative anatomist, biochemists, etc. 3. None of these scientists are smart enough to know what only he and a handful of other uneducated people know. Also, I know a homeopath. She never thought of the implications of her beliefs - that soy beans and apple cider vinegar cure cancer and diabetes as well as many other ideas. These implication include: 1. That many thousands of doctors, the most intelligent and educated people on earth, including endocrinologists and oncologists, are wrong. 2. that many thousands of people unnecessarily die of cancer and diabetes each year because they don’t follow her belief system. 3. Only her and a handful of her medically uneducated colleagues know the answers but no one is smart enough to listen. These two people I’m describing are also very deficient in IQ points in many other aspects of their life. It seems implications of beliefs is just one aspect.
Robertas Grite
Robertas Grite 13 days ago
Like if Kurzgesagt should make a game of that animated game!
Esila Gg
Esila Gg 13 days ago
i wish they actually made games like these
Lightning Gaming
Lightning Gaming 14 days ago
What if Intel- was about complexity, even if we're more advanced than single celles I still think it's possible; I still wonder if cells could be (to a level ) aware.
Ivan Lezcano
Ivan Lezcano 14 days ago
Ááqqåaqqqqqaqqqqáqqqáqqqqáqqqqqáánw abandonaban
Tiny Desk Engineer
Tiny Desk Engineer 14 days ago
The only thing I learnt from this is that the key to intelligence is more eyes than anything else
Abdel Baghi Baghi
Abdel Baghi Baghi 15 days ago
Love your video but the world map isn’t accurate, African is much bigger , hope that won’t be the case in the final product
Pro Ject
Pro Ject 15 days ago
Anything fuzzy when you try to really measure it. How do you measure whether you're strong or not?
Pro Ject
Pro Ject 15 days ago
We're just meat that does what a computer does.
BeatsByDrew 15 days ago
Kurzgesagt is really psychedelic now
ThaOneBird 15 days ago
It begins by removing TikTok from you’re phone
Son 15 days ago
XYA Rant
XYA Rant 15 days ago
You’re bold enough to assume my brain ever started.
Killswitch YT
Killswitch YT 15 days ago
So basically... Minecraft
Dragon Emperor
Dragon Emperor 15 days ago
3:45 Maybe the bee is color blinded?
If that was a game,I will be addicted to it
Elric 16 days ago
The beginning creatures makes me think of spore and makes me wish they made a spore 2 :/
Luigi Cotocea
Luigi Cotocea 16 days ago
Intelligence! There is also a Idiotism!
Dude u need a game
Scot Hebert
Scot Hebert 16 days ago
Flintstones Families nonviolence no intoxicants. :)
Sebastián Leen
Sebastián Leen 16 days ago
i'm more like a creative guy, always creating offtopic things like: An Aol fighting a bross (well that's too much offtopic if you ask me)
koda lewis
koda lewis 16 days ago
Make an evolution rpg game!!!!!! It would be amazing. From single cell to type Omega. Start small and grow.
Kylie Schultz
Kylie Schultz 16 days ago
Atilla Nándor Füri
"squirrels examine every nut..." Me: *looks at squirrel outside with great suspicion*
JamMonster 16 days ago
knowing that raccoons know how to unlock locks has terrified me of waking up and going to the kitchen and see one eat ALL OF MY POP TARTS at least they can't open the fridge to the Hot Pockets... r-right Raccoon: **Opens freezer drawer** Me: Noooo!!
Ben Briggs
Ben Briggs 17 days ago
00:01 literally playing pokemon rn
Ethan Iles
Ethan Iles 17 days ago
im glad that they mentioned pokemon
Matteo Corente
Matteo Corente 17 days ago
"intelligence" "recommended for you"
Christopher Young
Christopher Young 17 days ago
Iron CYR
Iron CYR 18 days ago
just ask jjba stone ocean foo fighters
Puneeth Reddy K
Puneeth Reddy K 18 days ago
한나라 18 days ago
It is very exciting to me. Especially, using tool box well is up to us. And i think we need to care about more cilmate change like you’re told
Avnish 18 days ago
Brain: We have the toolbox we can use during exam Brain during exam: Remember that song..lala lala lala 🎶
gamerz hub
gamerz hub 19 days ago
imegein somoan med a survival game like that
Vlad G
Vlad G 19 days ago
Where can I get this game
Christiaan De Klerk
AAAA pokemon:)
Gloria Shaw
Gloria Shaw 19 days ago
Intelligence Breakdown Basic Tools: 1. Gather information: 5 ext. and 1 inner sense 2. Save information: memory 3. Learn from information: feedback, reinforcement Advance tools: 4. Library of Knowledge: recall and access, general knowledge 5. Creativity: mental duct tape, new and unusual connections 6. External tools: 7. Planning: what now, and what later 8. Culture: for cooperation, understanding and build great great things 9. Skill sets: trades and talents, like finance or music, arise from division of labor The more tools mastered, the more flexible one can deal with problems arises
Soft Girl
Soft Girl 19 days ago
- I know we always use ducks for our videos, but what if this one was about a monster? - Idk, man, I'm not really vibing with thi- - And he's playing the legend of Zelda. - Okay. I'm sold. Do that.
loner wolf
loner wolf 20 days ago
to make it even more complicated😂
Fe Lix
Fe Lix 20 days ago
Warum gibt es Werbung auf einem Kanal, der sich durch GEZ Gebühren finanziert, wie in einem älteren Video erklärt wurde ?
Ilias Christodoulakis
when you see it 7:40
Aayusman Mallick
Aayusman Mallick 21 day ago
Please make your online shop available in Indian Subcontinent
Jimmy Falcon
Jimmy Falcon 21 day ago
If i got a single Penny for getting intelligence.. I would be on the street begging for money.
N3on Cyb0rg
N3on Cyb0rg 21 day ago
Is creativity breaking down your own brain to create new thoughts? Such as altering your own brain chemistry to create something new? Almost like evolution but just for the brain.
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Zzay Mills
Zzay Mills 22 days ago
When I watched this the consciousness vid was next on auto play
Mo' Ami'
Mo' Ami' 22 days ago
Wait, they said that this video is a second part of a mini-series of big questions about life. Which video was the first part?
Gregiously Amazing
Gregiously Amazing 23 days ago
9:06 teacher went skrrt
Rondo Vlogs
Rondo Vlogs 23 days ago
The only thing that I understand is : Nothing
Maia Hernandez
Maia Hernandez 23 days ago
Intelligence is also connected to consciousness since awareness is the helpful for problem-solving. Memories can be about events, places and associations, but also behaviors like hunting or foraging methods Every cell of her body has as much memory and intelligence as our brain
Marcos Pereira
Marcos Pereira 23 days ago
There's a recent paper by François Chollet talking about measuring intelligence in modern artificial intelligence models: it's called "On the Measure of Intelligence". The ARC dataset was released with it and is still far from being solved. State of the art is 20% correct tasks!
Giovana Martins
Giovana Martins 23 days ago
The posters are made only in english???
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