Is War Over? — A Paradox Explained

  • Published: 09 October 2014
  • We live in the most peaceful time in human history. Wait, what? Seriously? That can't be right, there are more wars than ever! Well, no and they're killing fewer and fewer people, even though the world population is at an all-time high...and the numbers prove it! We explain how we came to this conclusion, and why war might... go away.

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    Why War is Killing Less of Us Than Ever - a Paradox Explained


    Justin Degenaars, Andrew Jagasothy, Russell Common, jordan gardner, Derek Loa, Christopher Lang, Chris Kitching, Jeff Le, Devir Islas, Andrew Connor, Francesca Monteiro, Duncan Cheong, Derek, Kyle Chapman, Ryan Le, Scott Zell, Ben Nunan, DragonVoyd, Tanya Smirnova, Patrick Eyrich, J.J., Chris Linardos, Tony Morley, Moe Levin, Pholpat Durongbhan, Raphael, Caroline Andrewes, Alex Kaplan, KokLiang Lim, Thomas Borg, trefmanic, Adam Smith, Dean Herbert, Giovanna Cardoso, Adam Primaeros, Rory Bennett, Gaëtan Duvaux, Ghitea Andrei Paul, Larry Bunyard, Sebastian Laiseca, Andrzej Rejman, Kevin Yapaola, Alexander Heavens, Dario Pagnia, Sara Shah, Eduardo Barbosa, Jeroen Koerts, Fabricio Godoy, Charles Kuang, Maximilian Ritter, Yousif, Jesse Powell, Eliud Vasquez, Igor Benicio de Mesquita, Siddharth Bajaj, Greeny Liu, Tibor Schiemann, dante harper, Bünyamin Tetik, Joe Pond, Stephen Morse, Dario „liquid TLO“ Wünsch, Matthew Macomber, Ziggy Freed, Chase Gotlieb, Alejandro Liechty, David Davenport-Firth, Michael Ren, Peter Schuller, tBinger, Brandy Alexander, Alexander Kosenkov, Scott Laing, Gizem Gürkan, George Chearswat, oscar gautama, Bruno Araújo, Pascal B., Eric, Carlos Bohorquez, Christian Lyster Blæsbjerg, Brandon Liu, David Harbinson, Rikard Nyberg, Tim, Justin T., Florian Guitton, Ajay Shekhar, Martin, Ryan Nai, Daniel OCL, Eugene Cham, David Garcia Quintas, Renaud Savignard, Heemi Kutia, Valerie Brunet, somersault18:24, Javier de la Garza, Peter Žnuderl, Randy Knapp, Benoît Graham, Jeff Churchill, Jonathan Velazquez Gore, Daniel, Roman Zolotorevich, Pol Lutgen, Seona Tea, Daniel Fuchs, Thomas Lee, Finn Edwards & Thanks to Maximilian Heitsch for the help with thumbnail and titel!

    Sources used for this video:
    Steven Pinker: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (book)

    Why War is Killing Less of Us Than Ever - a Paradox Explained

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Comments • 20 681

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    • NothingButContent
      NothingButContent  2 days back

      Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, please make a follow up 2019 version of this video

    • Miguel Aguilera
      Miguel Aguilera  3 days back

      Your chile flag was awful xd

    • Pisith 11
      Pisith 11  1 weeks back

      Those models would make a great video game 😂

    • Mael Tine
      Mael Tine  1 weeks back

      You can not use only one exemple (congo) to make a general conclusion on colonialism. I like your chanel very much but here you made a realy huge and famous logic mistake in your explaination, this exemple is only legitimate to illustrate your words and not to make your conclusion

    • The real not fake FBI
      The real not fake FBI  4 weeks back

      “Half of the population was killed”
      Perfectly Balanced, as all things should be

  • Owen Stout
    Owen Stout  5 hours back

    I am pro war

    • Ethan Ton
      Ethan Ton  15 hours back

      Space enemy invasion:BREAK ALL THE WAR RULES AND FIGHT

      • RomaniaOoke romania
        RomaniaOoke romania  15 hours back

        Wow my natal country finaly appeared in an educative video by other countries (Romania the blue yellow and blue one)(like daca esti roman)

        • Almighty Sovereign
          Almighty Sovereign  16 hours back

          War never changes.

          • Lucy Williams
            Lucy Williams  1 days back

            Wow, a kurzgesagt video that doesn’t leave me with an existential crisis,...and not a dead bird in sight. Well done guys.

            • Mates 2.0
              Mates 2.0  2 days back

              3:20 the Czech flag is wrong, the red color is on bottom not on top
              Nice vid btw

              • Connor Daniels
                Connor Daniels  2 days back

                When you are looking for your country's flag and it has switched colors (CZ)

                • Peter Müller
                  Peter Müller  19 hours back

                  Haha I just talked with a guy about changed colours in flags and now this :D

              • Alex H
                Alex H  2 days back

                Peacfull period? My step brother is a marine and I am not peacefull.

                • Stephen Kandeh
                  Stephen Kandeh  2 days back

                  He clarified many times that he means statistically, as a whole, the world is a more peaceful place.

              • Kyle Caraway
                Kyle Caraway  2 days back

                Trade leads to high tension and thus tension could lead to war eventually. We have seen this slightly with the oil industry in the middle east. While this is not the main source of war it is a factor.

                • yusuf erol
                  yusuf erol  2 days back

                  War never ends

                  • Dylan Pennington
                    Dylan Pennington  2 days back

                    Then why the fuck do we spend so much on "defense"???

                    • Han Ampere
                      Han Ampere  3 days back

                      War: I am inevitable
                      Democracy: And I am democracy

                      • patryk wasilewski
                        patryk wasilewski  3 days back

                        I just want say that first world war was ,,war to end all wars"

                        • button188
                          button188  3 days back

                          What paradox?

                          • scorpion king1738
                            scorpion king1738  3 days back

                            With out war population will increase and earth will die faster because of over population but what I'm trying to say is we all have two choices war or peace it does not matter what you pick we all die both ways. so you should live life have fun and respect the military and your flag as the military are willing to give there lives for there country and state. I wish all of you good luck and stay safe.

                            • mu116688
                              mu116688  3 days back

                              Transition from autocracy to democracy aren't usually peaceful and we still have one major country that hasn't gone through the process yet. China.

                              • Fikretemariam Mengistu

                                I have been drawing art like diss

                                • Mis Mija
                                  Mis Mija  3 days back

                                  To much human population
                                  THANOS:time to snap fingers

                                  • Kris Silver
                                    Kris Silver  3 days back

                                    I'm fighting a war every day in my own head >.>

                                    • Hitesh Lalwani
                                      Hitesh Lalwani  3 days back

                                      Ind vs Pak (on Sunday)

                                      • gaurav proton
                                        gaurav proton  3 days back

                                        ending theme was good I felt patriotic

                                      • GentlemansDream
                                        GentlemansDream  4 days back

                                        EU: War is illegal
                                        Anybody who wants to fight a war: How are you gonna enforce that?
                                        EU: >:(

                                        • chandrabhanu singh
                                          chandrabhanu singh  4 days back


                                          • Alp
                                            Alp  5 days back

                                            War is end because we have Keanu Reeves.

                                            • Oleg K
                                              Oleg K  5 days back

                                              Russia occupied Moldova (Transnistria) , Georgia (South Osettia), Ukraine (Crimea, Donbass), Syria and soon Venezuela.

                                              • Andriy G
                                                Andriy G  5 days back

                                                If look into history and consider modern rUSSIA to be straight successor of USSR and rUSSIAN empire, it is possible to find much more...

                                            • Xeth Xiro Blade
                                              Xeth Xiro Blade  5 days back

                                              War will always exist, in one form or another.

                                              • Shrecc
                                                Shrecc  6 days back

                                                War will last until isis stops existing

                                                • Odin Force
                                                  Odin Force  6 days back

                                                  The short answer. No.

                                                  • Ryan Foster
                                                    Ryan Foster  6 days back

                                                    What game are these graphics based off? It looks like something I played on my DS back in the day

                                                    • Kane Doherty
                                                      Kane Doherty  6 days back

                                                      Another reason war could be on a down trend, is because of the invention of nuclear weapons. wars between major nations are pointless and dangerous, because of nuclear weapons. These weapons effectively create a nuclear stale mate. This could be set off by an attack and effectively end the world. But you know whatever

                                                      • hi ur gay
                                                        hi ur gay  6 days back

                                                        How to stop war:
                                                        James Charles licked your toes stop war to undo

                                                        • MrWalker1000
                                                          MrWalker1000  7 days back

                                                          wow no mention of MAD or mutually assured destruction?

                                                          • Oscar
                                                            Oscar  7 days back

                                                            00:23 lol

                                                            • Family Friendly Roblocs Channel

                                                              3:19 nice Chilean flag

                                                              • Lance The King
                                                                Lance The King  1 weeks back

                                                                well at least we wiped out ISIS in the Philippines... but China is stealing the ding dang spratly islands...

                                                                • otaku g
                                                                  otaku g  1 weeks back

                                                                  Now we fight the war of wits

                                                                  • Meer 48
                                                                    Meer 48  1 weeks back

                                                                    Ok so if there is no war then what about overpopulation in future?

                                                                    • carven2004eca
                                                                      carven2004eca  1 weeks back

                                                                      No mention of Nuclear weapons? We don't go to war since we are in fear of getting nuked.

                                                                      • Vojta536
                                                                        Vojta536  1 weeks back

                                                                        3:20 the Czech flag is upside down WHAT COULD IT MEAN ILLUMINATI???????

                                                                        • Konstruktive Kritik
                                                                          Konstruktive Kritik  1 weeks back

                                                                          Vojta536 Maybe your country doesn’t exist and it’s all just a huge scam

                                                                      • Henrich von Schwanz
                                                                        Henrich von Schwanz  1 weeks back

                                                                        So there's the another problem which is totally worse


                                                                        • Wolf Lover
                                                                          Wolf Lover  1 weeks back

                                                                          Kin Jon un: well yes but actually no

                                                                          • Joel Lim
                                                                            Joel Lim  1 weeks back

                                                                            Yep, 2014 surely was a peaceful time...

                                                                            • Joseph Doe
                                                                              Joseph Doe  1 weeks back

                                                                              Dont know too much about wars, but i know that judgement day is coming.

                                                                              • anson wong
                                                                                anson wong  1 weeks back

                                                                                i think it because the nuke showcase its power in ww2 and the cost of army increase rapidly so less war happen nowadays.

                                                                                • Czech Gamer
                                                                                  Czech Gamer  2 weeks back

                                                                                  3:19 is that flag of Philipins or Czech republic

                                                                                • Paolo Calzone
                                                                                  Paolo Calzone  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Russia : build new oil rigs
                                                                                  America : freedom time commmie
                                                                                  WW3 HAS STARTED

                                                                                  • OhHeyDude
                                                                                    OhHeyDude  2 weeks back

                                                                                    All it takes is a single spark and the world will cry for war once more.