What Is Life? Is Death Real?

  • Published: 11 December 2014
  • So what is the difference between you and a rock? This seems like an easy, even stupid question. But even the smartest people on earth have no idea where to draw the line between living and dead things. Which leads to mind-blowing implications. What is life after all? And is death really a thing? Lets look into it together

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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

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    • Are you sure you entered your name correctly?
      Are you sure you entered your name correctly?  1 weeks back

      Life is something which is purpose less it just happens to survive without a clue lol.

    • Utkarsh Bhatnagar
      Utkarsh Bhatnagar  1 months back

      What happens when a society does not have any rules or law no rules for marriage or any other thing

    • RedeemlessKills
      RedeemlessKills  1 months back

      I have a theory, life is a 4k VR video game and when you die you rage quit

    • Grime
      Grime  2 months back

      This is by far my favourite Kurzgesagt video. I watched it 4 years ago, and have came back every month since. It helps put things into perspective, and helps me contemplate my existence. thanks for the wonderful times!

    • Moncler Waves
      Moncler Waves  2 months back

      Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell The only key to a peaceful world is love. It is realizing we are all human and accepting each other for who we are. Everything in this world is connected. For example the high unemployment rate directly connects to the suicide rate. Untreated mental, psychological, or social emotional issues connects to the gun violence and homicide rate. You think about gangs and gang violence and there all in the poorest most forgotten communites in the country. When you say something mean to someone they take that bitterness with them and spill it on to others. Most of society today are confused on how to approach this thing called life. Some people believe in diffrent gods others believe in science and some people believe in nothing and this is place where we all are divided and begin to clash but the truth is right in front of us we are letting our beliefs and opinions that weve learned tear us all apart coupled with things like race, politics , age , financial status, and region of the country we are constantly being divided. Which is making a stable society further from our grasp. It is amazing to me how we are in the age of the internet, and space stations but we still havent figured out a peaceful way to live amongst ourselfs. You see in a perfect world people are supported, loved , and given a sense of belonging. But it cant just be the lucky few it has to be worldwide. If we can somehow across continent to continent realize we are all the same and treating eachother as brother and sister instead of a bunch strangers then we would be on the correct path. Also financial stability can you imagine where the human race would be if it wasnt just a few major countries with space flight capabilties but the entire continent of africa and south america had the same advancement in technology as the usa did today? People who normally would have been refugees, victims of poverty , people who would have been busy searching for a clean water source would know be invested in something to help change the world and bringing in new ideas and concepts to the world. It really isnt radical to believe its possible if we could all just love and help one another and combine all of our might this world would be immaculate.

  • Dark Mind
    Dark Mind  4 hours back

    You can't die because you never was alive.

    • Donnie Ramos
      Donnie Ramos  7 hours back

      Not sure if I should go back to watching Jeffrey Starr videos?

      • Bernardo Gouvea
        Bernardo Gouvea  8 hours back

        4:33 Is a pokemon a living being?

        • TheUltimateKek
          TheUltimateKek  9 hours back

          why is no one talking about the music

          • Angelo Calderon
            Angelo Calderon  12 hours back

            god allows you to have a brain thats capable of reading and imagining the sound of your voice of this words while you keep reading this.

            • Oscar
              Oscar  1 days back

              The whole universe is alive and the tiny parts from rocks to us just a range living expressions of reality.

              • kevin shepard
                kevin shepard  1 days back

                the universe is in a hyperstate of both being alive and dead.

                • bailex
                  bailex  1 days back

                  What is life kurz don't hurt me don't hurt me no more

                  • Tobaxi
                    Tobaxi  2 days back

                    Wow, i have an crazy idea about whats after the dead. Every human has a DNA so if you have a child with your DNA and this child is getting a kid too, that kid has the DNA too so it could be that you are the kid from your child and that is how it goes after someone dies. Thoughts?

                    • Rabiya 903
                      Rabiya 903  2 days back

                      We weren't alive in the first place, particles gathered get in best survival state in regards to its surroundings then created a more complex machine ( creating an organic body due to the abundantly present carbon mix it another elements in abundance which are hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen etc and voilà) now Then these complex machinery gained consciousness and start questioning and realizing its existence. Consciousnsss is a way in which universe witness its existence.

                      • danteshammer
                        danteshammer  2 days back

                        These videos always make me feel small and insignificant. But weirdly in a good kind of stop being afraid of death kind of way

                        • piespeafield
                          piespeafield  3 days back

                          life is life, naa naa naa naaa naa

                          • Are you sure you entered your name correctly?

                            Life is...never mind lol.

                            • Jose Gonzales
                              Jose Gonzales  4 days back

                              Well maybe that interaction between energy and matter is powered by "spirit or soul" unexplainable thing that start and stop life...

                              • Edward Macedo
                                Edward Macedo  4 days back

                                Me: I'm a real, thinking human who's alive!
                                Reality: I'm about to end this man's whole career.

                                • Abhishek Rana
                                  Abhishek Rana  4 days back

                                  the background music is awesome

                                  • Kevin Lusdanar
                                    Kevin Lusdanar  5 days back

                                    Is this a real life ?
                                    Is it just fantasy ?

                                    • Shroud Inquiry
                                      Shroud Inquiry  5 days back

                                      “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

                                      For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

                                      • Ted Reardon
                                        Ted Reardon  6 days back

                                        Life is the interaction between energy and matter. That's it.

                                        • Blither box
                                          Blither box  6 days back

                                          This is a recording of things that happen faster than light on another level.  Someday you'll look back at everything and see.  We can only guess what happens next because we can only see things that have already happened.

                                          • Double Den
                                            Double Den  6 days back

                                            I got this in my recommendation today 🤣

                                            • Niklas Willma
                                              Niklas Willma  6 days back

                                              Life is life

                                              • Your songs ❤
                                                Your songs ❤  6 days back

                                                We will never die.
                                                Huff Paranormal and Hope Paranormal channels are there to prove this.

                                                • JR Hermosura
                                                  JR Hermosura  6 days back

                                                  When he said no part of the cell is technically alive i had that existential dread.

                                                • 최윤석
                                                  최윤석  7 days back


                                                • Klyde Arquiza Master's Vlog

                                                  Living is Death
                                                  Death is Living

                                                • Seraphina
                                                  Seraphina  1 weeks back

                                                  I've always wondered why only mitochondria are mentioned by kurzgesagt and not chloroplasts. I also noticed this in the great filter video. I think many biologists consider chloroplasts and mitochondria to be from two different events where a smaller cell was swallowed by a larger cell - "[Chloroplasts] are considered to have originated from cyanobacteria through endosymbiosis—when a eukaryotic cell engulfed a photosynthesizing cyanobacterium that became a permanent resident in the cell. Mitochondria are thought to have come from a similar event, where an aerobic prokaryote was engulfed." from the wikipedia page on Chloroplasts.

                                                  • JemGamer and FX
                                                    JemGamer and FX  1 weeks back

                                                    So if we made games
                                                    Are we also made and the person made us also are games and the cycles goes over and over

                                                    • Ân Mai
                                                      Ân Mai  1 weeks back


                                                      • Mirza Şahinkaya
                                                        Mirza Şahinkaya  1 weeks back

                                                        ''But no part of the cell is alive; everything is dead matter moved by the laws of the universe." If we can explain what created these laws, we will find the answer. I hope its the God.

                                                        • Mason Galioth
                                                          Mason Galioth  6 days back

                                                          Mirza Şahinkaya i hope it’s not. I don’t want gods around.

                                                      • 3dgar 7eandro
                                                        3dgar 7eandro  1 weeks back

                                                        I think life differs from dead in some points cause livings things follow three simple rules: replicate themselves, evolve (change) and have short limited existence. This is different from lets say a rock, air or water... Those three elements doesn't replicate, growth or evolve

                                                        • Ashton Minden
                                                          Ashton Minden  1 weeks back

                                                          I love how we can think about how thinking doesn't make any sense

                                                          • John Ruben Saragi
                                                            John Ruben Saragi  1 weeks back

                                                            Life is not about matter, it is about *pattern* that matter create. Why don't you know that? Eat, Reproduction, Respiration etc. is a pattern. It is LIFE.
                                                            There i killed all of your existential crisis

                                                          • John Evans
                                                            John Evans  1 weeks back

                                                            life is information kept together with energy. That information and how it's ordered together is what makes us unique and special. As long as our information is being held together then we are alive, when that energy stops and we dissolve back into basic molecules then we are dead. We are made up of a bunch of commonly found elements but it's the way all that is organized that has any meaning, and since our brains are the most complex things every discovered, I think that makes us pretty awesome, until we make things better than our brains that is. To put it succinctly, life is organization and information, and death is very real. No need for hyperbole and existential questions.

                                                            • Are you sure you entered your name correctly?
                                                              Are you sure you entered your name correctly?  5 days back

                                                              Death is entophy at its best well life is just a chain of energy that somehow reacts to matter chemically to form a complex structure that evolves,respire,reproduce to stay alive its simple as that but I don't know the origin of life lol.

                                                          • Beast Mode
                                                            Beast Mode  1 weeks back

                                                            Title: Is death real?

                                                            Grim reaper: Am I a joke to you?!

                                                            • Beast Mode
                                                              Beast Mode  3 days back

                                                              Phoenix tochè

                                                            • Phoenix
                                                              Phoenix  3 days back

                                                              Depends on which death you're talking about

                                                          • Carlos Abundiz
                                                            Carlos Abundiz  1 weeks back

                                                            Life is a reason to live death is to end it reality is a vision the universe is a reason to explore that's my opinion

                                                            • V -XC
                                                              V -XC  1 weeks back


                                                              • Achintya Jain
                                                                Achintya Jain  1 weeks back

                                                                The title gave me an existantial crisis, I'm too scared too watch

                                                                • Денис
                                                                  Денис  1 weeks back

                                                                  1:55 the cow, I am dying :)

                                                                  • All_is_1
                                                                    All_is_1  1 weeks back

                                                                    All is one. Concepts of life and death are meaningless. Zen is the way.

                                                                    • Austin Dreemurr
                                                                      Austin Dreemurr  2 weeks back

                                                                      Gee thanks for not answering the question

                                                                      • Darkner
                                                                        Darkner  1 weeks back

                                                                        No one can truely say what life is. They made an effort and you should appreciate them for at least trying. Don't expect them to know every single bit of our existence. There's still so much we don't know.

                                                                    • Austin Dreemurr
                                                                      Austin Dreemurr  2 weeks back

                                                                      Gee thanks Charles Darwin for making people feel not special

                                                                      • Mason Galioth
                                                                        Mason Galioth  6 days back

                                                                        Austin Dreemurr is say Charles made us incredibly special. Of all the universe only a few things are alive. And of all of the living things we know, only we “think” in this way or comunícate with computers and create all of this magisterial art. It says something about us. No creator or existential dread required! 😜

                                                                      • Darkner
                                                                        Darkner  1 weeks back

                                                                        Except you are somewhat special, because most of the universe appears dead. Plus, if life doesn't have a meaning, we have the power to decide our own fate. Make the best of our lives until death. So go enjoy your life.

                                                                    • Lisilsaya
                                                                      Lisilsaya  2 weeks back

                                                                      IF WE CAN'T DIE THEN WERE WE EVEN ALIVE IN THE FIRST PLACE?

                                                                      • Darkner
                                                                        Darkner  1 weeks back

                                                                        By pure coincidence. You can see it as a rock which just so happends to fall on a piece of flint and ignites a fire on a few pieces of wood. You can see the fire as life in this example.

                                                                    • Rusty Metal
                                                                      Rusty Metal  2 weeks back

                                                                      If you think about life is just a cycle that grows stronger and weaker over time but will eventually end when the sun hits the earth

                                                                      • Mason Galioth
                                                                        Mason Galioth  6 days back

                                                                        Rusty Metal hopefully we’ve left the solar system by then.

                                                                    • lili genetu
                                                                      lili genetu  2 weeks back

                                                                      life is pretty hard.

                                                                      • Ayman Saikyou
                                                                        Ayman Saikyou  2 weeks back

                                                                        Life is nothing but a longsome Quiz, to test one's believe in whether it's strong, weak or null, the real life comes after death, life where one can live peacefully breaking our morality and ilnessless seal far beyond the 7th paradise....what's the price? Just believe....

                                                                        • Memes 4LIFE
                                                                          Memes 4LIFE  2 weeks back

                                                                          Any one noticed the pockemon 4:32 XD