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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    • Free Night Owl
      Free Night Owl  2 days back

      So consciousness it's a very complex topic. Lots of things about the mind and senses are complex, like smell, sight, feel, etc. I was wondering about the possible of uploading your mind to a computer, connecting your brain to a computer, or even switching consciousness to another health human body (maybe cloned bodies). I say this with the question, can we extend our life? If so is it still you? Can you still be yourself? I love you guys, you make the most intriguing and interesting videos. Have a good day.

    • ecogreen 123
      ecogreen 123  5 days back

      how ironic..... something that makes us want to know... is something we have been unable to know about XD

    • 페브리즈
      페브리즈  6 days back

      Mr. Kurzgesgt, Korean subtitle in this video has many error

  • Michael J
    Michael J  6 hours back

    It’s fun to wach the 4 leged organism eat

    • Tony A
      Tony A  6 hours back

      I think our brains are just antennas catching an external signal that's why when some people have near death experiences can see themselves outside of their bodies. We are all the "same" signal, we are one consciousness but equipped with an ego to survive in the world.

      • Johnson Mollins
        Johnson Mollins  9 hours back

        Religious people has left the chat:

        • soccerboiR10
          soccerboiR10  10 hours back

          The two types of comments on videos about consciousness:

          Consciousness is the result of the great cosmic oneness astral projecting into a past life and harmonizing with the songs of the stars as it rides the great unicorn of enlightenment.

          Thanks to my IQ of 352, I have recognized that consciousness is a mere illusion that arises from quantum oscillations of dark energy in the microtubules of the nucleus acumbens which can be clearly observed when the wave function collapses in the 8th dimension.

          Oh YouTube 😂😂

          • Omar SENHAJI
            Omar SENHAJI  11 hours back

            Humans could never create a conscious robot. A robot will always remain unaware of himself: it will remain just a set of transistors and wires. Consciousness comes from our Soul given to us by God. It's not something that is material

            "15.28 . And ( remember ) when thy Lord said unto the angels : Lo! I am creating a mortal out of potter ' s clay of black mud altered .

            "15.29 . So , when I have made him and have breathed into him of My spirit , do ye fall down , prostrating yourselves unto him ."

            "52.35 . Or were they created out of naught? Or are they the creators?
            52.36 . Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Nay , but they are sure of nothing!"

            (Holy Quran)

            • Chicken M4n gaming
              Chicken M4n gaming  17 hours back

              We don't understand why we have consciousness because it is a thing God gave to us, it is our soul. Therefore this proves His existence and the truth of the Bible. Basically, it prove evolution wrong, and proves that God is real.

              • -FUN MEMES-
                -FUN MEMES-  14 hours back

                Nobody knows if God exists or not man

            • Hwk59 Utr
              Hwk59 Utr  19 hours back

              The solution is very simpel. Look at Rupert Spira at YouTube.

              • Tyrus White
                Tyrus White  19 hours back

                i have been watching your videos and been subscribed for over two yeas but this is the one that made me donate/contribute

                • Good Channel Name
                  Good Channel Name  22 hours back

                  Oh that worm thing is cute

                  • Bo Hofmans
                    Bo Hofmans  1 days back

                    So basically blind people are stuck at the worm level

                    • CirrusTheWolf :3
                      CirrusTheWolf :3  1 days back

                      Wierd thing, cat actually can understand some physics.
                      That quite intelligent, if you ask me.

                      • Zephyr
                        Zephyr  1 days back

                        3:00 SPORE

                        • Mysterious being
                          Mysterious being  1 days back

                          Why would something without a conscious need to eat anyway

                          • -FUN MEMES-
                            -FUN MEMES-  14 hours back

                            Lol the question is why not?

                        • Johnny Aingel
                          Johnny Aingel  2 days back

                          Wrong some gifted people do know about consciousness and i can tell you this if your not a athiest but to each their own that is GOD are SOURCE is the COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS and ENERGY and VIBRATIONS is the very essense of are existence and are being we are ALL in this endless UNIVERSE of possibilities a part of GODS being in essence we are spirit collectively and souls individually as a human and SOUL is are consciousness within the physical body of senses in a physical world which live and die and go back to SPIRIT are true home are paradise in GOD with GOD so dont believe me i leave it up to you you be the judge of what is right and wrong

                          • -FUN MEMES-
                            -FUN MEMES-  14 hours back

                            What does energy and vibrations have to do with Consioness?

                        • ミナモト
                          ミナモト  2 days back

                          consciousness comes from soul, that's all

                        • NeonAtom
                          NeonAtom  2 days back



                          • Bhris Money
                            Bhris Money  2 days back

                            cool beans bro keep up the good work 👍🏽👍🏽

                          • mads lind
                            mads lind  2 days back

                            How is this not just the story of cognitive abilities? How can I know that these abilities are not completely distinctive from consciousness, being – in Nagelesque – "what it is like" to have such abilities?

                            • Bestest Kitty
                              Bestest Kitty  2 days back

                              Pan-psychists are great lulcows in philosopy. Wonderful people to make fun of for their stupid beliefs. I mocked them relentlessly.

                              • Hectic Bru
                                Hectic Bru  3 days back

                                Really great episode. Turning complex ideas into appetisers! Let the learning continue! 🐒

                                • Ricki Wolfe
                                  Ricki Wolfe  3 days back

                                  An Alien abducted me and I can't tell if I'am real or there real 😭

                                  • Dynamite Brown
                                    Dynamite Brown  10 hours back

                                    I abducted you... this is the one text that I am currently ILLEGALLY sending you, don't tell anyone else you read this, if you do the simulated peoples brains will subconsciously send it to the main servers... I abducted you btw, and the "universe" you see is a hologram, and the "life" is a simulated illusion that sends info to the main server... there are some actual "people" in your server, but you shouldn't risk showing intelligence, it'll only get your brain dissected...

                                • Drag0n r&r
                                  Drag0n r&r  3 days back

                                  I ship the gal and the pizza delivery fellow.

                                  • Nacre Sounds
                                    Nacre Sounds  3 days back

                                    see.. chickens are smarter then humans

                                    • 12345 6789
                                      12345 6789  3 days back

                                      I find that taking a more...spiritual view on the concept of consciousness at least gives me a relaxing peace of mind. Not in the sense of religious, but more like meditating on existential subjects and the nature of the universe and beyond. I'm going to make it clear now rather than later that all of this is MY OWN interpretation of these concepts and are not scientific in any way what so ever. Also I'm sorry if a lot of this doesn't make sense, but I'm not very good at putting my thoughts into words. In simplest terms I describe intelligence as an understanding of existence, and consciousness as an awareness of existence. When I say existence I refer to EVERYTHING that exists including the existence on that which does not exist. ("Oh cuz yeah that makes it REAL obvious to reader, and TOTALLY won't confuse them so much that they just give up reading this."my inner monologue as I'm typing this.)
                                      I guess it's time for a bit of story telling of sorts to hopefully clear this up even slightly. When I was about 14-15 years old I was in an accident at a hospital that made me physically dead for about 30 minutes. During that 30 min I was in what I can only describe as the afterlife for what only felt like 3-5 seconds in a place that fit the description of what appears in the world of truth presented in the anime "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" (minus the giant doors and creepy guy sitting in front of me) which is based on the Theory of Forms presented by the philosopher Plato. In short what I'm trying to get at with this story of mine is that this life changing experience played a major role in me coming to this conclusion as well as many other views I have on concepts such as morality, mortality, the meaning of life, and etc. So even if you couldn't follow anything I said I can't blame you, and I hope it was at least an interesting read.

                                      • TheMagicat
                                        TheMagicat  1 days back

                                        You just wrote an essay. *clap clap

                                    • Biswajyoti Das
                                      Biswajyoti Das  3 days back

                                      Psychopaths have less consiosness , studying psychopaths could help understand the nature of consciousness.....
                                      They never accept their mistakes.....
                                      (Less consciousness)
                                      But they probably won't let us study them.....
                                      Nor would they do it themselves......

                                      • El Appo
                                        El Appo  2 days back

                                        Biswajyoti Das I think you might be confusing the idea of a ‘conscience’ with consciousness

                                    • Tiger Sin
                                      Tiger Sin  3 days back

                                      the more I learn, the less i know

                                      • Functional Fitness
                                        Functional Fitness  2 days back

                                        Crazy huh? I mean in a literal sense that's false, but the more we learn, the more aware we become of how truly ignorant we really are.

                                    • Vena
                                      Vena  3 days back

                                      The Bible meations how we came to be. From the first man, if you want to know why we became conscious read it

                                      • Splatfan
                                        Splatfan  3 days back

                                        my fanfiction also mentioned how we came to be

                                    • Csilla Molnár
                                      Csilla Molnár  3 days back

                                      It's not about getting food, but to live. With thinking comes the power to accept reality or reject it for pleasure.

                                    • stodo1337
                                      stodo1337  3 days back

                                      I can't believe you put the Macintosh error sound in the last 10 seconds

                                      • friendly911 OS
                                        friendly911 OS  3 days back

                                        but why am I "ME" and not some other person? what makes me "Me"?what exists in me and only me to make me "Me"?

                                      • NorthernPanzer666
                                        NorthernPanzer666  4 days back

                                        I have tried psilosybin Cubensis shrooms. While I was in the trip, I was aware of my conscious awareness, not being a part of my body. I was only a small awareness, my body was just a tool to carry me around..

                                        • المصمم Almosamim

                                          Very good channel❤❤thanks

                                          • Peter Rusanoff
                                            Peter Rusanoff  4 days back

                                            after watching and watching what happens to a rat paradise i believe that real consciousness only happens after the
                                            animal is sated

                                            • Jupiter
                                              Jupiter  4 days back

                                              S = Six
                                              C = Cruel
                                              H = Hours
                                              O = Of
                                              O = Our
                                              L = Life

                                              • Jupiter
                                                Jupiter  3 days back

                                                Spicy Cat do you hate school

                                              • Spicy Cat
                                                Spicy Cat  4 days back

                                                Jupiter eight or nine in my country

                                            • Suryanarayanamurthy Hanumantha Vajjhala

                                              Used to love, this channel, but I can't avoid but notice their virtue signaling, and sjw crap spilled all over the videos.

                                              • Spicy Cat
                                                Spicy Cat  4 days back

                                                Suryanarayanamurthy Hanumantha Vajjhala this one isn’t political I barely remember any political one except for that refugee video they took down

                                            • BehindDesign
                                              BehindDesign  5 days back

                                              Matter is unconscious, all is made of matter, therefore consciousness is impossible in a material universe ... but I’m aware… therefore I’m not (only) material... Nice...

                                              • -FUN MEMES-
                                                -FUN MEMES-  3 days back

                                                +Shnitzle GD well Consioness is whatever u make of it to be honest with u.

                                              • BehindDesign
                                                BehindDesign  3 days back

                                                +Shnitzle GD In short, life as a material process is an emergent property of atoms. Consciousness is not an emergent property of atoms.

                                              • BehindDesign
                                                BehindDesign  3 days back

                                                +Shnitzle GDIf you understand life as a material process then it is perfectly logical to assume that atoms are not alive, because the complex processes that take place in an ant cannot take place in an atom. It is just a quantitative problem; you need more atoms to be alive. However, consciousness is a completely different issue because it has an undeniable "experience" associated with it; if atoms cannot experience reality then nothing made of atoms can experience reality. This is a qualitative problem, no matter how many atoms you add to the equation; there is no property in atoms allowing material beings to experience reality.

                                                At this point, you can argue that “experience” is indemonstrable, but the funny part is that the only evidence we have about universe is the experience we have about it. Therefore, if our experience of reality is not real, then we cannot affirm reality is real.

                                              • Shnitzle GD
                                                Shnitzle GD  3 days back

                                                You could say the same about being alive. Atoms are not alive but ants are made of atoms so they can’t be alive. However they are so they must be made of atoms and something else. We can’t definitely prove what you’ve said.

                                            • BehindDesign
                                              BehindDesign  5 days back

                                              This video mixes information processing with consciousness. Consciousness is to experience something not to process it, these are completely different phenomena. The problem with consciousness is that all evidence we have about universe requires our consciousness to be real and it implies that the fundamentally non-material phenomena "experience" is in fact an objective reality. So... maybe it is time to replace materialism by experientialism.

                                              • MasterheartsXIII
                                                MasterheartsXIII  5 days back

                                                God. The answer to where consciousness comes from is God.

                                                • -FUN MEMES-
                                                  -FUN MEMES-  3 days back

                                                  There's no proving that honestly

                                                • MasterheartsXIII
                                                  MasterheartsXIII  3 days back

                                                  Splatfan We have no other answer. No other species has shown any level of sentience. Intelligence, but not sentience. It’s possible for both god and science to be the answer. The Big Bang statistically should never have happened in the entire lifetime of the universe, but it did.

                                                • Splatfan
                                                  Splatfan  3 days back

                                                  baseless claim

                                                • Hectic R
                                                  Hectic R  3 days back

                                                  MasterheartsXIII which one?

                                              • Matteo Zanin
                                                Matteo Zanin  5 days back

                                                “That's one small step for a bird, one giant leap for birdkind”

                                              • Matteo Zanin
                                                Matteo Zanin  5 days back

                                                The great step of the bird is not too low in the video?

                                                • Courtland Simkins
                                                  Courtland Simkins  5 days back


                                                  • Hm Grraarrpffrzz
                                                    Hm Grraarrpffrzz  5 days back

                                                    I think that consciousness is an absolute thing that you either have or don't have, but rather that it exists on many difficult levels depending on the complexity of your brain.

                                                    • -FUN MEMES-
                                                      -FUN MEMES-  3 days back

                                                      What does Consioness have do with complexity your logic of thinking has a Serious flaw to be honest with u.

                                                  • Dan B.
                                                    Dan B.  5 days back

                                                    Consciousness from non-consciousness. Uh huh.

                                                    • Ubaidullah Tahir
                                                      Ubaidullah Tahir  5 days back

                                                      Too convenient.

                                                      • Khano Sera
                                                        Khano Sera  5 days back

                                                        So basically

                                                        I want more food
                                                        Let's evolve and get legs.

                                                        I want more food
                                                        Let's evolve and get arms to climb trees

                                                        I want more food
                                                        Let's lose all the hair to swim and get fish

                                                        Now, we are here. I want more food, so I'll just stay on my ass and order pizza.

                                                        I wonder if we'll start devolving because we don't need to use our bodies as much.

                                                        • -FUN MEMES-
                                                          -FUN MEMES-  3 days back

                                                          Lol thats An vishues cycle by nature that we can't escape

                                                      • Ghostin
                                                        Ghostin  5 days back

                                                        I think you meant being ‘woke’

                                                        • El Nicholas
                                                          El Nicholas  5 days back

                                                          Happiness seems to be a better subject to pick when we question Why we have a Consciousness, rather than 'to search for food'. A big hint for that is the root motivation for every action, for example. What is the root of all our actions, every choice we make, everything we do or not do? When we decifer everything back to a core reason, it will be 'the thrive to feel better, to flourish, to be Happy'. Nomatter what we do, it will always be this reason from the perspective of the do-er. This law of nature is a beautiful hint that suggests far deeper meanings in Life, and thereby for the emergence of Consciousness. And for the deep thinkers: Haven't we noticed that the more conscious we become, the more we ultimately 'feel better, flourish, become Happy'? This is the reason why living a conscious life is at the core of all therapies and healthy lifestyles.
                                                          It seems that Happiness is indeed a much better subject to pick when we question Why we have a Consciousness.

                                                          • -FUN MEMES-
                                                            -FUN MEMES-  3 days back

                                                            Yeah so true but consioness has deeper meaning than that is allmost unexplainable to be honest with u but it has to do with perception on stuff nothing but that believe that.

                                                          • Rational Mind
                                                            Rational Mind  3 days back

                                                            As if that makes any difference, lol? Truth is truth

                                                          • Ai
                                                            Ai  4 days back

                                                            Nah, but not on the wrong track, but I think you don't want it to not be happiness

                                                          • Rational Mind
                                                            Rational Mind  5 days back

                                                            This is one of the best reasonings i've seen. Many people intuitively suggested that Happiness is the core reason of Life, but i haven't seen anyone make it rational. Until now.