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
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Get the Consciousness poster here:

    • Mohammed Hazzem
      Mohammed Hazzem

      +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

  • I AM Ability
    I AM Ability

    This is incredible. Have you seen Keith Kalfas videos too?

  • Nick

    I watched this in school during study hall.

  • Baldoxxx4000

    im conscious im touching my penis

  • AR Ruhel
    AR Ruhel

    according to you, people will fly someday to eat the birds. this video 0% satisfied me to understand the consciousness

  • Pablo Martínez
    Pablo Martínez

    If we know what is conscience we would know what is after death

  • Vladimir Poutine
    Vladimir Poutine

    I think there was supposed to be a mask on the girls left hand at 9:04 to make it look like she's holding the pizza box. Great video though!

  • Joab Julian
    Joab Julian

    How did the self become aware it was hungry? Was it hungry from the moment it existed?

  • Copeland9

    Hypothesis: humans and existence achieve consciousness in a reality that is desirable because an ultimate event takes place in this timeline and is worth re-experiencing.

  • Mongol Empire Ball
    Mongol Empire Ball

    *AnIMalS Are HUMan PerSoNs*

  • Syk

    So, thanks to Kurzgesagt, I now know, that I am just a pile of dead matter that doesn't understand why I am even conscious about living even though every part of me is dead. That totally does not give me an existential crisis, because I don't understand my consciousness of me not understanding my understanding that I don't understand. My head hurts.

  • marom ginsberg-fletcher
    marom ginsberg-fletcher

    I think you've done a poor job of differentiating perception and non aware sensory reaction.

  • ZenithalPoint

    It's really disturbing. What is that thing eating? What is that fly like thing with propeller rotor? Why are they resting by half bury themselve into the sand and water? What is that thing? WHAT IS IT?!

  • heri styono
    heri styono

    I stopped listening when he said 'evolution'

  • Gewel ✔
    Gewel ✔

    I feel like 90% of humans aren't conscious at all

    • silentshot

      This is the modern world where people live longer even without the necessity of critical thinking.

  • Dream Light Bali
    Dream Light Bali

    Great video always from kurzgesagt! I learn that according this video, consciousness also related to the senses and dimension. If i learn it correctly, its all started from the need of energy used to live, where the species needs to look for some when needed, move around in rough direction when only equipped with smell sensing ( 2 dimensional ) Then the consciousness evolution stepped up where its got vision sensing which states it give the species context and depth, therefore a complete 3 dimensional interpretation of the world it living. Step forward again the consciousness ladder goes up when the species start to have basic sensing of time, which emerge the ability to remember and another feat. Therefore the 4th dimensional thing had sensed, causing rapid development up to the stage of complex and intelligent consciousness like human. As we can see in the video, stepping up the ladder of consciousness probably takes million years of evolution, just like it described by the species used of each ladder. Great Knowledge for such an ordinary person like me. Now what i thinking is, what if us, the humans, is the one that chosen to step up another ladder of consciousness. With million years of human evolution, until this age of intelligence and (maybe) mastery of all 5 senses that we have, we are opening up a way to a higher consciousness, next ladder of human evolution, our 5th dimensional sensing, with the hypothesized 6th human sense. While its still on debate what is 5th dimension, is it an alternate universe, dark matter/energy environment, paranormal activity, or maybe all of them at once. And what is actually 6th sense of human. But i have a thought that what if our next consciousness is about our own alternate universe ? I have learned some theory about why alternate universe could be the fifth dimension, i feel it some kind of true. It is from dream, i always thinking how dreaming some event of image was even possible when i never experience it before ? I feel like i bouncing on many different event of my different life which i never experience before when dreaming, sometimes when its good then my "soul" seems to hard to leave the dream, this means when i wake up i feel like a basic living thing without living soul, can't focus, can't think straight, just following the needs to survive the day. Are there any of you guys ever experienced the same as i do ? Soul is also still on debate since there is maybe still no way to prove it scientificaly, while humans have pictured or writing about soul for centuries, but (maybe) still no explanation of what soul is exactly ? Maybe soul is just the manifestation of a very complex human consciousness, that have the potential ability to access higher dimension. I feel that the current and the next human generation will slowly stepped up the evolution ladder and finally aware a higher consciousness with higher sense then understand higher level of dimension. Who knows ... Whoops, have writing too much, Sorry for my bad language, english is not my native language. Please correct me if im wrong

    • -FUN MEMES-
      -FUN MEMES-

      Why did the thing needed enegry in the first place sounds bizzare and well plain simple that something could just existed to feel the need of enegry to produce of spring and well in the grand shime jsut exist lol?

  • Omar Delawar
    Omar Delawar

    Very well made guys!

  • Jacques Sucic
    Jacques Sucic

    I've learned more in this short video than all 4 years of high school combined.

  • salim Habib
    salim Habib

    Can you please do a video about depression???

  • Overwatch

    So, what did we learned? *humans are dumb*

  • Gilang Ramadhan
    Gilang Ramadhan

    indonesian subtitle is very terrible and hard to understand,hope the translator fix it

  • factoraptor

    If we had no sersory input, we would still have consciousness. Because consciousness is not particularly driven by any material or cell or anything you can track with scientific methods. Consciousness is eternal. Bounded by your body in this interval of time, but not necessarily bounded every time. When you die, you are detached from time frame that we know. This is basically understood when you are under general aenestasy. I went in 4 hours surgery and yet I felt it took only 5 seconds. Because for me, my consciousness were detached from time frame that bounds others. Science will never ever be able to materialize conscioussness no matter how hard has been tried. It can well define its material information sources though. Before you birth, your consciousness existed, but since it was not "assigned" to any body, you felt all instances before you as nothing. Then you are assigned to a body, and since then you are bounded with the body of yours. After your body cease to live, your consciousness will still continue to exist until the Almighty decides where or to what to assign it. Yes, there is an ultimate being that requires no means to be conscious or "awake". It is bullshit to think consciousness can emerge by itself. It is totally non-sense. The discussion is about the exact definition of the Almighty. Not His existence. Because you would deny your very existence otherwise. (That is why most of materialists end up being nihilists as they realize it is stupid to exist without a reason of all reasons.)

    • Dušan Xmetov
      Dušan Xmetov

      I was in aenestesy as well, and the way I interpreted the time skip was that that part of my brain was simply disabled, inhibited by the chemicals they gave me, which is the cocktail's exact purpose. I highly doubt that it's some mysterious force "assigned" to me, or that it existed before I was born, that the chemicals somehow disconnected from my body while I was on the surgeon's table. And there is no purpose for a creature with no sensory inputs to have a consciousness, being conscious takes a lot of energy, and if the energy investment (into something ultimately useless for the given life form) isn't benefiting the given life form in any way (because it can't do anything useful with it), natural selection will eventually get rid of it (since those critters which think less in this scenario live longer, since they can live off of less food). On the other hand, being conscious is very beneficial for creatures which _can_ interact with the world, as it allows them to make much better use of resources.

  • Alexandra

    So could we obtain even more consciousness when at some point it will take more effort to get food?

  • Fer Nan
    Fer Nan

    I love you guys

  • Matt Alluisi
    Matt Alluisi

    "The godhead cannot be an object of it's own knowledge." Alan watts

  • usedtobereign

    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.

    • Dušan Xmetov
      Dušan Xmetov

      "do you think blind people aren't conscious?", Well, not really, they have many other sensory inputs, like touch, smell and hearing, and with human civilizations we have the ability to share information and give blind people plenty of opportunities to think and have it be beneficial for them (having a job, feeding a family; blind people may have problems not noticing certain physical obstacles, but they're surprisingly capable). But, if you were to produce a mutated version of a human with only very basic sensory inputs, and bred them over thousands of years, and didn't give them any sort of access to common human knowledge (even a language), they would likely lose their consciousness over the generations, as those mutants who would think less would have more energy to spare to "live" out their lives.

  • snurk agurk
    snurk agurk

    Maybe conciousness is the great filter

  • Tracy-allen Ezechukwu
    Tracy-allen Ezechukwu

    So enlightening.

  • Thisura Dodangoda
    Thisura Dodangoda

    I want my conscience to leave me alone.

  • Myth buster
    Myth buster

    This made me think about how life started. You should do a video on sponaneous generation!

  • Matthew Chalfant
    Matthew Chalfant

    Typical material nihilists, confusing sensory awareness for consciousness. smh

    • Matthew Chalfant
      Matthew Chalfant

      +Dušan Xmetov Consciousness is clearly beyond our current level of understanding, hence the ongoing debate. The only senses involved in consciousness is the "sixth" sense of our awareness of consciousness. Which is why when people are asleep or black out drunk we call them unconscious. They have no awareness of being conscious. Consciousness does not change or go away, our awareness of it changes. Just as light does not go away when we close our eyes, consciousness does not go away when our brain is not awake. The grip on the semantics of consciousness comes from people's intuitive and inherent realization of order, purpose, or even the Soul. A material nihilist would never allow themselves the perception of things beyond their senses. But there is more to the Universe than the black box in your head.

    • Dušan Xmetov
      Dušan Xmetov

      It's just that not everyone finds the answer "it's magic" satisfying, and so as an inherently curious species, we try to seek answers, instead of just putting up with fairy tales.

    • Dream Light Bali
      Dream Light Bali

      +Håkan Lundberg good idea, but i heard a quote before that states we only understand what we sensed, so i got the idea why sensory abilities help on improving consciousness. Our sense help us understand the nature and reality we live, which is composed up to 4 dimension for now. But the video shows up evolution overtime, journey of various sensing awareness, and i think human is also on evolution to aware on higher sensing and higher dimension, thus causing higher consciousness.

    • Håkan Lundberg
      Håkan Lundberg

      @Matthew Chalfant Even if I believe sensory awareness is the evolutionary way to consciousness-and that the ability to communicate is something that can evolve, and is necessarily for self consciousness-there is still the “philosophical zombie” problem. Our human behavior and our intelligence are advanced. But I see no real reason why it can’t be so complex without any real self consciousness. We could still just be biological machines where our behavior is just a very complex program. My scientific curiosity isn’t satisfied with “self consciousness = a complex neurological system that can react, act, and adapt”. Sure, I buy the idea that the latter property is a prerequisite for the first property. But not that they are the same. Self consciousness is something more. We can explain more and more how our “behavior” and intelligence has come to be, and how it works. I.e. the “soft” problem. But I doubt such findings ever can explain the “hard” problem: “How come consciousness exists? Why aren’t we just philosophical zombies? (No... it’s not a philosophical or religious “why-question” that attempts to give meaning to it... “just” a “how come-question” that demands a scientific explanation.) It’s like the question “how come anything exists?” Personally I doubt we’ll ever find answers to these fundamental questions about reality. And that the level of consciousness needed to understand is beyond any form or consciousness that can ever exist. 🤯

  • Lirei Taichen
    Lirei Taichen

    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
    Just An Average Animator

    Rocks are in a superposition of being both dead and alive. +100 IQ

  • Marjáy Lopez
    Marjáy Lopez

    This make my head hurt

  • Jakes comic review Superheros
    Jakes comic review Superheros

    3:39 PAC-Man ?

  • Jakes comic review Superheros
    Jakes comic review Superheros

    Where are the birds

  • Brendan Maller
    Brendan Maller

    Consciousness + Evolution in a nutshell. 👍

  • Good Vibez
    Good Vibez

    Great video. It's time to expand our consciousness

  • wulphstein

    Yup! And other tricks to fool the unwary.

  • Dante Alighieri
    Dante Alighieri

    I know exactly what consciousness is. But I'm not telling you. I'm kinda self conscious about it.

  • True Sheamus
    True Sheamus

    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

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

    • Maxzors

      +Dušan Xmetov you're good. No worries

    • Dušan Xmetov
      Dušan Xmetov

      +Maxzors of course I do, I'm sorry if my comment seemed too harsh

    • Maxzors

      +Dušan Xmetov i hope you understand that i meant no ill will or misinformation when i commented my pronunciation of the word as i say it in English.

    • Maxzors

      +Dušan Xmetov the way i pronounce it is accented with German dialect sounds so that it is obvious that I'm pronouncing a word that does not come from my native language, but you must understand that even though i could very well pronounce it in its full German accented form, speaking in my usual American accent and then switching directly to a full harsh German accent for the word just sounds silly in verbal conversation with. Both our pronunciations are correct, but i pronounce the R more than it would be pronounced in German, although I dont give it the full R sound that i would with an English word such as the word "blur."

    • Dušan Xmetov
      Dušan Xmetov

      +Maxzors yeah, but that just sounds silly :3 Intentionally having a thick accent, and telling others that that's how a word is said, is just not right imho. (I have the same gripe with English teachers in my country. In my opinion, if someone's learning a language, they should try their best to learn the sounds used within the language as well, it'll make it much easier for native speakers to understand the foreigner) And while you might argue that not even all German-speaking people understand each other because of their vastly diverse dialects, well, that's exactly why there's an official language, that has its grammar and pronunciation codified in law, so that people have a common instrument for understanding each other if they're from far-apart regions :)

  • Jon Doe
    Jon Doe

    Is consciousness edible?

  • Luis Miguel Garrido Genesta
    Luis Miguel Garrido Genesta

    *f o o d*

  • R D
    R D

    the brain named itsefs.

  • SuperMarioProGamer

    0:06 Thano's child

  • Kick-Yum

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

    • Signs 0203
      Signs 0203

      or a snickers

  • Ari MIn
    Ari MIn

    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

    i love you guys

  • Atrocious Conundrum
    Atrocious Conundrum

    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

    3:32 ~ *Khezu* ?!

  • James M
    James M

    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

      +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

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

  • Phoenix Dawn
    Phoenix Dawn

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

  • Dark Ace
    Dark Ace

    sounds like psychology 101

  • AL Can
    AL Can

    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

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  • SK LLS
    SK LLS

    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

      +SK LLS Thank you, glad it helped =D

    • SK LLS
      SK LLS

      +Francesco Sorcethanks mate that was an awesome explanation

    • Francesco Sorce
      Francesco Sorce

      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

    loved this video ❤️

  • MultiHunterBro

    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.

  • الدخس ؟
    الدخس ؟

    ماشاءالله 👍

  • Warp -
    Warp -

    hmm why didn’t i notice this

  • Fat Dinosaur
    Fat Dinosaur

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

  • Grime

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

  • Barack Obama
    Barack Obama

    Conciseness = soul

  • Amelie Schumacher
    Amelie Schumacher

    Great video 👍

  • PolarFist

    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

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

  • Shadow747

    2:07 just like god 😂

  • Purple MonkeyDishwasher
    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.


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  • Andrew Lones
    Andrew Lones

    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

    heart please

  • HighlandDroid

    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

    I love this video

  • Silicon Tech
    Silicon Tech

    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

    Go lil’ purple boi!

  • MOTH

    these eyes are spoopy

  • Thiefers

    I eat, therefore I am.

  • Mr. P. Enis
    Mr. P. Enis

    This videos left me even more confused than before

  • Ryan Cho
    Ryan Cho

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

    • Dream Light Bali
      Dream Light Bali

      Wonder that we will step up on another ladder of consciousness and evolution, that we will understand higher dimension and higher senses...

    • Adam Mudianto
      Adam Mudianto

      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

      "Man is a rope stretched between beast and overman" ~ Nietzsche

    • Eyrok Arobaz
      Eyrok Arobaz

      Heard of post-humanism?

    • Paige F
      Paige F

      every species is always evolving. humans are and will always evolve

  • The End
    The End

    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

    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

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

  • def5826

    Templeton world charity foundation? Really?

  • Ebin Navis
    Ebin Navis

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

  • Milan Lenčo
    Milan Lenčo

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

  • Carlo Leon
    Carlo Leon

    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

      Would you share why you disagree?

  • yaggle fraggle
    yaggle fraggle

    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

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

    • DSR_T-888

      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

    Why am I a degusia trigina?

  • 4k4days

    drop acid and meditate you will know what true consciouness is

    • Tanner Gray
      Tanner Gray

      4k4days ya bro..

  • Lucas Kiser
    Lucas Kiser

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

  • Dave PluS Inertfaun On MCPE
    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

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

  • The Top Monster
    The Top Monster

    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

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

  • buddyroach

    where are the other parts to this then?

  • Sam R
    Sam R

    7:03 blacks...

  • Cherissa Lapid
    Cherissa Lapid


  • Don't Read My Profile Picture
    Don't Read My Profile Picture

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

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