The Origin of Consciousness – How Unaware Things Became Aware

  • Published: 17 March 2019
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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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    • • I am a Funny YouTuber lol
      • I am a Funny YouTuber lol  2 weeks back

      Seriously when does part 2 of consiouness come out kurz😃

    • Mike Pastore
      Mike Pastore  4 weeks back

      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
      Rhodora Cataluna  1 months back

      Diner bone

  • biiirca
    biiirca  2 minutes back

    The mantle of responsibility

    • Adithya Purushothaman
      Adithya Purushothaman  11 hours back

      Advaita Vedanta seems to explain consciousness in greater detail.

      • pagina por favor
        pagina por favor  11 hours back

        6:17 haha creepy asf. Hiding teddy bear

        • typhoon320i
          typhoon320i  11 hours back

          Our senses interpreting the world around us is our "graphical user interface" for a large data structure we exist in.

          • Jason Ivy
            Jason Ivy  20 hours back

            Are plants considered Conscious

            • proximaism
              proximaism  1 days back

              You didn't explain how unaware things became aware.rather postulated how awareness evolved.

              • • I am a Funny YouTuber lol
                • I am a Funny YouTuber lol  22 hours back

                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  1 days back

              And our want for food came from wanting to stay alive. So maybe consciousness came from wanting to live 🙃

              • jesse ledab
                jesse ledab  2 days back

                This video equivocated consciousness with intelligence. That's an error of perspective.

                • Diane Nguyen
                  Diane Nguyen  2 days back

                  I want google to stop translating video titles

                  • darkordies
                    darkordies  2 days back

                    8:32 How can something with no conscience "urge"?

                  • Xz Insanity zX
                    Xz Insanity zX  3 days back

                    that animation is so clean i just had to like and sub

                    • River Towner
                      River Towner  3 days back

                      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!!

                      • Job Graza
                        Job Graza  4 days back

                        Your animation style is awesome and really helps in understanding

                        • Sweet Leaf
                          Sweet Leaf  4 days back

                          The cutest video on YouTube.

                          • Belzedor homm
                            Belzedor homm  4 days back


                            • Tropical
                              Tropical  4 days back

                              Can you do a video on quasar and chaos theory

                              • CHIEF CHILI
                                CHIEF CHILI  4 days back


                                • ll Tempxst ll
                                  ll Tempxst ll  4 days back

                                  looks like 60fps animation? if so, props

                                  • Noah Gilbertson
                                    Noah Gilbertson  5 days back

                                    Wheres the follow up to this video

                                    • Charlie Angkor
                                      Charlie Angkor  5 days back

                                      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  5 days back

                                        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  5 days back

                                          My stone shows crumbling behaviour.

                                          • Charlie Angkor
                                            Charlie Angkor  5 days back

                                            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  5 days back

                                              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  5 days back

                                                Man this has always been my favorite

                                                • Schnu Me
                                                  Schnu Me  6 days back

                                                  Where you show the parts of the worm and it points to its face and it just says funny LOL

                                                  • Loagz Beatz
                                                    Loagz Beatz  6 days back

                                                    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  6 days back

                                                        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__
                                                          iranai__  6 days back

                                                          7:59 D: WTF

                                                          • Aesthetically Pleasing

                                                            This channel is literally just a big existential crisis

                                                            • Twisty
                                                              Twisty  7 days back

                                                              These eyes make me uncomfortable

                                                              • Benigno Paraisu
                                                                Benigno Paraisu  1 weeks back

                                                                That "little conscious effort" gave me a sting on my spines....

                                                                • chris sonofpear1
                                                                  chris sonofpear1  1 weeks back

                                                                  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  1 weeks back

                                                                    Where's the next conciousness video?!

                                                                    • Daniel Cabrera
                                                                      Daniel Cabrera  1 weeks back

                                                                      too shallow

                                                                      • Dr Patrick Nebulus
                                                                        Dr Patrick Nebulus  1 weeks back

                                                                        First we need to find out what *unconsciousness* really is!

                                                                      • Susan Fredlund
                                                                        Susan Fredlund  1 weeks back

                                                                        consiousness is a lie there is only senses and instinct. instinct is only intelligence we have.

                                                                      • Yuyao Chen
                                                                        Yuyao Chen  1 weeks back

                                                                        The essence of life is the pursue of food.....Okay...

                                                                      • insanityking 500
                                                                        insanityking 500  1 weeks back

                                                                        The little ball creature reminds me of the things I created in Spore a long time ago.

                                                                        • OZZY Guilty
                                                                          OZZY Guilty  1 weeks back

                                                                          This is better than national geographics

                                                                          • IndigoJayz Yogababa
                                                                            IndigoJayz Yogababa  1 weeks back

                                                                            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

                                                                            • L aksh
                                                                              L aksh  1 weeks back

                                                                              How unaware things became aware
                                                                              maybe food
                                                                              probably to survive
                                                                              or more honestly -- nobody fuckin knows

                                                                            • Jay Keaton
                                                                              Jay Keaton  1 weeks back


                                                                              • Grem
                                                                                Grem  1 weeks back

                                                                                The problem, that is. As you said... Animals can anticipate the future, and choose whether to eat the less or the more. Means its consciousness does not have any feelings of impatience, not a true consciousness. Like the worm moving when hungry, and when not.. it does not move. It feels like consciousness is similar to a basic IF statement, switch cases, and while/for loops.

                                                                                If you had created a robot with senses, and pain and program it similar to the worm consciousness. Would it do the same?

                                                                                • Varun Varma
                                                                                  Varun Varma  1 weeks back

                                                                                  Yep, that’s what reinforcement learning is.

                                                                              • Baby Cthulu
                                                                                Baby Cthulu  1 weeks back

                                                                                I have evolved

                                                                                • Dmoney Ali
                                                                                  Dmoney Ali  1 weeks back

                                                                                  💯 my niggas