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You have doppelgängers. They’re quietly influencing your life. | Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

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  • Ekim Yazici
    Ekim Yazici 10 days ago

    İ love this idea! İs this already being used or is it in the works?

  • Geedub
    Geedub Month ago

    My family found ALL 4 of our dopplegangers during a day trip to a Spanish zoo whilst on holiday. It was massively trippy.

  • PayaM Sh
    PayaM Sh 2 months ago

    Sorry but his examples from medical doctors and their patients are mostly incorrect. That’s not how physicians work. Diagnosis and treatment is based on guidelines which are again, based on meta analysis studies. I know it was just his example and I don’t mean to be cherry picking but maybe next time give examples from a process you are more familiar with?

  • Sid
    Sid 2 months ago

    I like to go to reddit and hit the random link until I find an eccentric subreddit, then I'll find an interesting person and pretend to be him until I get bored, meaning that I'll go on RU-clip and look up videos relevant to that persons interests. My liked videos and watch history looks like that of someone with multiple personality disorder.

  • Reanetse Moleleki
    Reanetse Moleleki 2 months ago +4

    Was expecting a video about how my evil twin is ruining my life.

  • S B
    S B 2 months ago

    Don't Facebook and Google do this since day one?

  • mojoman2001
    mojoman2001 2 months ago +1

    Click bait. Nothing about people who look alike in the video. Lame.

  • Pavor
    Pavor 2 months ago

    My doppleganger has the same name as me!
    I didnt believe it, but searching my name (no this is not my real name) led me to a guy with the same name that looked almost exactly like me Oo. I use him as my social media proxy seeing as I like my privacy. I figure a bunch of people I used to know or that look for me think that he is me! He must hate me by now.

  • Dave Hammond
    Dave Hammond 2 months ago

    The judge at our local court house won't accept this as a reason to not put me in jail

  • Leonardo Isidoro
    Leonardo Isidoro 2 months ago

    I found mines when I met him he told him some guys bought he was me and tried stabbing him lol I was a trouble maker when I was young .

  • Henry Swanson
    Henry Swanson 2 months ago

    I clicked hoping to discover what nefarious plans my doppelgänger had concocted.

  • Adam Hamilton
    Adam Hamilton 2 months ago

    Every speaker on this channel has the aural affect of applying one's eardrums directly to a cheese grater.
    Please, uhm, think of, uhm. Like, what you're going to uhm. Say. And then say it. 😡

  • artbagua
    artbagua 2 months ago

    You stand in front of a mirror. The mirror influences your life, silently.
    There is no exact match because a circle is not a square.
    In terms of Big Data, the question of probability is becoming more important as the amount of data is exponential.
    In real life, the doppelgängers I might have mean a lot more to people who are searching than they mean to me. Life is about probabilities and conditions, too. Actually, I can have a choice regarding the influence of Doppelgängers. Influence is not a decision. Lies are a Human construct. If we e. g. don't know the answer to a question, our brain constructs a solution to the logical problem.
    What are You searching for?

  • LouisRafael
    LouisRafael 2 months ago

    I've wondered whether Spotify uses such methods for the Discover weekly list...

  • iChillypepper
    iChillypepper 2 months ago

    Anyone else think this is frightening? Some of this data should be private. We are more than algorithms

  • nicholas williams
    nicholas williams 2 months ago

    He renamed KNN? Did he create KNN or something wtf, you can't just rename something like that lol.

  • Panicking Shmuley
    Panicking Shmuley 2 months ago


  • Heretician the Philosopher
    Heretician the Philosopher 2 months ago +15

    I HAD a doppleganger. There can be only one

    • Young Grump
      Young Grump 4 days ago +1

      Heretician the Philosopher 😂you savage

  • ScienceGuy
    ScienceGuy 2 months ago

    What was the point of this video?

  • Jealfr Omniverse
    Jealfr Omniverse 2 months ago

    Hey I sleep much of the time. I can't be assed to bring myself to do most things much of the time.

  • Ayoub Khalil
    Ayoub Khalil 2 months ago

    I want to meet the guy that reads the same books as me. He must be such an enlightened being. Or she...

  • Ian Kelley
    Ian Kelley 2 months ago

    What a weird looking thumbnail

  • Željko
    Željko 2 months ago

    Doppelgangbanger would be weird

  • The Gay Atheist
    The Gay Atheist 2 months ago

    I feel bad for my doppelganger.

  • D M
    D M 2 months ago

    those guys look like the forest spirit from Mononoke

  • Brother Santos
    Brother Santos 2 months ago +19

    This means I'm also influencing that person's life. I make sure that 1 out of 3 purchases online are completely random and follow up every important search with a search for fart jokes. Screw them and their 'algorythms'. We should start a "Feed the Machine Crap Data" movement. Muhhahahahaaaaaa........

    • ark_bleu
      ark_bleu 2 months ago +1

      Or even better a "feed the algorithm crap" algorithm/app. Adblocker should probably work this way instead

  • Warren33
    Warren33 2 months ago

    I think there are arch-types of facial features, bone structure, voice patterns, personal physical traits that hail back to our first ancestors. I don't live by any subscribed creation theories but we all came from somewhere. So as 'turning the frigging frogs gay' as this sounds I think ( only think, ppl ) templates exist in our common DNA chain. Initial building blocks that are changing and increasing as we continue on. But set patterns do repeat.
    I recently met a friend who is a dead ringer for one of my buddies I grew up with in another province. They are apprx 15 yrs apart, make their living in very different fashions. But the friend I recently met walks, talks, gestures near identically to that of my older friends mannerisms. it's all there. Different ppl, personalities entirely. But the template is readily apparent.
    All surmise on my part.
    Cheers if you read all this.

  • Juan Morales
    Juan Morales 2 months ago

    Excuse me, I have no intention of being impolite or offensive, but, how is this idea new? I mean, you just mentioned that medicine for example has done it for a while now, this "seeking for similarities" let's say, to mention just one example. Excuse my ignorance.

  • Dave BB
    Dave BB 2 months ago

    My brother got a slap in the face from a girl who thought he was someone else. Took a while to convince her she was wrong.

  • Konrad Kiljan
    Konrad Kiljan 2 months ago +2

    Big Think got really good at inventing misleading video titles. How is this piece about 'quietly influencing one's life'? You suggest mistery and conspiracy to talk about useful data analysis. Seriously, you can do better.

  • Hunter Perry
    Hunter Perry 2 months ago

    Good video. No BS

  • PandaGmail
    PandaGmail 2 months ago

    That voice is dry AF

  • miniimufin
    miniimufin 2 months ago

    Speaking of depression....can we get a talk on that!

  • Jessica
    Jessica 2 months ago

    My doppleganger is myself. There is no one like me.

  • Francis Srečko Fabian
    Francis Srečko Fabian 2 months ago

    It makes me sad to think someone else looks like me. Poor guy.

  • PureDoe
    PureDoe 2 months ago

    The good ole click bait

  • My Gaming Diarys
    My Gaming Diarys 2 months ago

    What if you're unique?

  • Gameplay and Talk
    Gameplay and Talk 2 months ago +2

    Based on the recommendations I see on places like Amazon, I'm guessing there aren't enough people out there like me. I'll take that as a good thing, I guess.

  • kisstantari
    kisstantari 2 months ago

    I have a hard time listening to someone who is sneering at me......

  • David Wright
    David Wright 2 months ago +2

    In other words, you're not special people. Helped you not waste your time.

  • Trisha Weilert
    Trisha Weilert 2 months ago +2

    Oh I thought this was going to be way cooler than it is 😯

  • Tajinder Rikhi
    Tajinder Rikhi 2 months ago

    Homeopathic treatment works same way...very effective but takes long time

  • Aru Serios
    Aru Serios 2 months ago +9

    I think your doppelganger is that person at every party who rattles on and on and never makes a point.

  • Vinny Holiday
    Vinny Holiday 2 months ago

    Wheres the part that says if you kill your doppelganger you absorb their powers

  • jouneymanwizard
    jouneymanwizard 2 months ago +8

    This sounds like the beginning of a strange, frightening, and fascinating involuntary social media platform.
    "Where you meet you!"

    • Vanessa Mendoza
      Vanessa Mendoza 2 months ago

      This sounds like an episode of Black Mirror, actually. Lol. Kinda scary.

    • Taryn Morvillo
      Taryn Morvillo 2 months ago

      WHOA. I'm totally creeped out but super fascinated with this. If you're thinking of starting this business.... count me in. I'd wanna be on the inside of this from the beginning.... great comment. Possibly great startup idea.

  • Andoc
    Andoc 2 months ago +1

    It would be interesting to meet your porn watching habits doppelganger.

    • Taryn Morvillo
      Taryn Morvillo 2 months ago

      If NETFLIX has ID'd your movie watching doppelganger - and, uh, it has - consider the fact that the porn industry generates more than 10X as much new market material for distribution than all the movie studios large small Indie whatever put together.
      Also, the adult entertainment industry is nearly always the earliest adopter of new technologies. Because they need them to stay relevant and because pornography relies solely on technology for almost every aspect of the process, production, marketing, distribution, purchase, payments, talent sourcing, whatever. I doubt there's any part of the business not dependant upon it.
      So what I'm saying is
      Oh yeah. They've got your porn doppelganger. Whether you're a vanilla porn guy or one of those people who like to watch women crushing crustaceans with their feet (is that the crushing fetish I can't remember but it's totally a Thing, hand to God by word of pimp (👉🏼🤛🏾 ))
      Unless you're going FULL ANALOG with your porn, and I mean not just buying porn off grid, but it's made by, starring, and distributed only off grid using ....FILM... like VHS porn, in which case I'm kinda freaked out right now... why did I start thinking about that and how creepish it is? Damnit!

  • Qqq Myes
    Qqq Myes 2 months ago +1

    Isn’t his point about doctors flawed, because it’s not like doctors start off as doctors blindly.. their education is itself inductive reasoning of “you have these symptoms” which matches up with ___ disorder/disease. And this education used a bunch of people/studies before. Idk just saying

  • Edgar Mendoza
    Edgar Mendoza 2 months ago


  • Anni Psy
    Anni Psy 2 months ago

    im sorry for whoever looks like me

  • Phixiate
    Phixiate 2 months ago +10

    I dont think this is what a doppelganger is.

    • Phixiate
      Phixiate 2 months ago

      +tyr628 😂 perfect

    • tyr628
      tyr628 2 months ago +1

      It's a doppeldataganger.

    • Phixiate
      Phixiate 2 months ago

      Not even close to it. I can agree with that.

    • dinoatlas
      dinoatlas 2 months ago

      It is, just not in the way you normally think about it.

  • KootFloris
    KootFloris 2 months ago +5

    Yes, let's help the NSA collect even more data already, let's help the corporate data miners get access easier. What is this talk?? Corporate propaganda?

  • Gothead420
    Gothead420 2 months ago

    I seriously heard about my Doppelgänger in my home town.
    People mistook me for him, crazy...^^

  • Dewsta26
    Dewsta26 2 months ago

    But where can we personally search for doppelgangers?

    • Dewsta26
      Dewsta26 2 months ago

      +newgamingspies thanks I'll have a look :)

    • newgamingspies
      newgamingspies 2 months ago +1

      There's an app for it. Just Google "app for finding doppelganger".
      I think it's for web only.

  • Albert Dunisch
    Albert Dunisch 2 months ago

    listen to the guy, hes telling the truth. ive met mine. they were twins from a completely other family.

  • justsomeguy
    justsomeguy 2 months ago +11

    Ivanka looks just like Trump's girlfriend.

  • Henning
    Henning 2 months ago

    These english people copying german words wich just sounds shitty

  • nanometer
    nanometer 2 months ago +9

    vocal fry..

  • Pikopati
    Pikopati 2 months ago +2

    This is dumb.
    You can have a similar chemistry and organs as other that doesn't looks like you. Not because you share the same face means you share the rest.
    Not because A => B means B => A

    • Candy Cane
      Candy Cane 2 months ago +2

      Pikopati so you admit that you didn’t watch the video.

  • nusakara
    nusakara 2 months ago +23

    My poor poor doppelgänger

  • J St
    J St 2 months ago +7

    Voice is too annoying to listen to

  • MultiBagram
    MultiBagram 2 months ago

    I hope my guy isn't fucking up everything like me.

  • Cowardly Lion
    Cowardly Lion 2 months ago

    Good. I'm not the ugliest person then.

    • Tyquaan Staton-Fuller
      Tyquaan Staton-Fuller 2 months ago

      +Selarom Ogeid oof

    • Selarom Ogeid
      Selarom Ogeid 2 months ago

      You might be. If you really are the ugliest person and there’s someone else who looks like you, chances are, they’ve already killed themselves because of it.

  • 2LegHumanist
    2LegHumanist 2 months ago +75

    Everyone with a beard has millions of doppelgangers.

    • Lyle
      Lyle 2 months ago

      +impalabeeper look whos talking

    • Bleilock1
      Bleilock1 2 months ago

      +impalabeeper fascinating, i understand what you are saying and i can see it, beard is also a fascinating trait it seems
      Funny thing is, its type of beard that helps me distinguish the origin of a caucasian person xD

    • impalabeeper
      impalabeeper 2 months ago

      +Bleilock1 When I first came to Europe you guys looked to same to me. It took awhile before I am able to distinguish individuals.
      But when European men grow beards that's when I thought you guys look almost uniformly the same to me. Caucasians (which also include Middle Easterners and South Asians) are the hairiest compared to other races so facial hairs, I suppose, is what makes Caucasians look the same in the same way that Asians look the same because of the eyes.

    • Bleilock1
      Bleilock1 2 months ago

      +impalabeeper as a european, with beard or not, i was always wondering if you guys feel the same, if we look to you very similar if not the same
      I also find some asians distinguishable, this also might sound racist, but usually actors are different, and i can see if its extreme enough, the differences between different asian nationalities
      But mostly you guys looks the same to me xD

  • Faergen
    Faergen 2 months ago

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  • Dr. Wagner
    Dr. Wagner 2 months ago

    What the fuck?

  • E. R.
    E. R. 2 months ago +27

    I've never met a person that looks like me

    • player hater champion
      player hater champion 2 months ago

      I found a guy that looks exactly like me, the long hair the beard everything, in 4chan on the b/ boards. Im not really proud of that find tbh XD

    • GAm a
      GAm a 2 months ago +1

      The thing is if you would ever cross paths with your doppelganger you would not recognize him because your brain was never used to recognize itself.

    • Shan
      Shan 2 months ago +4

      You're the bestest looking bow-wow around!

  • John Karavitis
    John Karavitis 2 months ago +35

    "Porn star who looks like a celebrity" search.

  • Homo Quantum Sapiens
    Homo Quantum Sapiens 2 months ago

    So, you are saying there is at least one moron trying to have a life same to my shitty life?
    There clearly is no God

  • bonecanoe86
    bonecanoe86 2 months ago +30

    I've never met anyone quite like me. I'm not saying this because I want to feel special or unique; it's actually quite a lonely experience and I'd rather feel more "normal", for a lack of better word. I wish I could find my doppelganger so we could have a beer and commiserate.

    • 72marshflower15
      72marshflower15 2 months ago

      dont worry... doppelgangers are hardly physical alone...

    • Amanda Croft
      Amanda Croft 2 months ago

      Dude, me too

    • Spring Fuse
      Spring Fuse 2 months ago +3

      Your doppleganger isn't a clone of you. You might hate the person your doppleganger is and vice versa.

    • Stewart Clark
      Stewart Clark 2 months ago +2

      Deep feels on this comment. I feel ya man

  • Erik S
    Erik S 2 months ago +53

    I met my doppelganger, looks just like me, even my mom thinks so and wanted to meet him. Long story short, he's a manipulative psychopath. Turns out I actually have an evil twin. Thankfully I was already gonna move out of state not too long after meeting him...

    • Bonjour Tristesse
      Bonjour Tristesse 2 months ago +1

      A sort of similar thing happened to me except we had mutual friends but never met. People would grab me to say hi thinking I was her! Turns out she faked a pregnancy with some guy, got a lot of money from him then left the country after sending him on a wild goose chase to various hospitals to see his non-existent newborn child! The guy told me the story himself and said it was hard to look at me because her and I were freakishly similar looking 😳. So now I live in fear of the various evil things my doppelgänger will do in the future. Crazy story right! 😬

    • Ben Jones
      Ben Jones 2 months ago +2

      Does he have a twirly moustache?

    • Erik S
      Erik S 2 months ago

      +Esharido you don't 😉

    • Esharido
      Esharido 2 months ago +2

      How do we know this isn't the evil twin?

    • Anni Psy
      Anni Psy 2 months ago

      that's so disappointing. if anything, i think im the worse twin

  • Jarin Jove
    Jarin Jove 2 months ago

    I didn't learn a single fucking thing from this talk.

  • blue_tetris
    blue_tetris 2 months ago +5

    A title like this usually comes with a commercial for a "man-boosting formula" and rallying cries to shoot up a pizza parlor.

  • Gulgathydra
    Gulgathydra 2 months ago +13

    This approach is dangerous in medicine, and extremely dangerous in psychotherapy.
    For examples, look at the hysteria outbreak at the turn of the last century, or the diagnosis of eating disorders in the 1970s.
    For medical examples, consider the ADHD pandemic.

    • Gulgathydra
      Gulgathydra 2 months ago

      +Nathan Zigler
      For the off-chance that gamma ray burst turns you into the Hulk.

    • Nathan Zigler
      Nathan Zigler 2 months ago

      I think your concerns are valid. The biggest challenge I see with using this method is in consistency with the data inputs from different sources. Any diagnosis which relies on subjectivity would be at risk for error. It would be interesting to see if this approach would naturally cause practitioners to stray from subjective analysis or if the programmers would built a solution around it.
      But then again a gamma ray burst could hit us at any moment removing all of humanity from existence in a single glorious flash. Why am I still awake?

    • The Gay Atheist
      The Gay Atheist 2 months ago

      I hate how kids get diagnosed with ADHD left and right! It makes those of us who actually have ADHD suffer even more! I wasn't diagnosed until I was an adult because my parents don't think ADHD is real. I was suspended just about every month until I was ultimately expelled. I could have been successful if I got the help I needed, but thanks to the fact that a lot of doctors diagnose children with ADHD left and right even though most don't have ADHD, people think it's fake! ADHD doesn't just mean hyper! You can live a fulfilling life without any therapy or medication if you're just hyper!
      In fact, while I'm sometimes energetic, I'm usually tired.

    • Gothead420
      Gothead420 2 months ago

      But what if you have ADHD *and* a doppelgänger?

  • Domingo Lucas
    Domingo Lucas 2 months ago +1

    On board with my doppelganger search

  • Tama E.J
    Tama E.J 2 months ago +22

    I used to work with my Doplgangers an her own dad mistaked me for her once

    • Raj Singh
      Raj Singh 2 months ago

      +SanJose408Alex Already has, the transition is upon us!

    • for you
      for you 2 months ago

      Thank you all

    • SanJose408Alex
      SanJose408Alex 2 months ago +1

      Mistook is eventually going to become mistaked 🤷‍♂️ nothing matters

    • Randy Ozaeta
      Randy Ozaeta 2 months ago +4

      Welp that devolved quickly ...

    • Trinity Divinity
      Trinity Divinity 2 months ago +1

      +Biplav Shrestha moron

  • O'SSÉIN - Master Your Mind With Me

    *Has someone found theirs?*

    • Mohid Syed
      Mohid Syed 2 months ago

      We are all each other’s if we are here.

    • Ohm Neh
      Ohm Neh 2 months ago +2

      No, I'm too unique.

    • Ben Jones
      Ben Jones 2 months ago +1

      I sort of found my face doppelgänger at uni. Sexy beast.

    • EchoInTheKettle
      EchoInTheKettle 2 months ago +1

      Yeah, I was on a bus and took a nap. When I woke up, my doppelgänger was the first person I saw. I though I was having some kind of bizarre out of body experience. Turns out we were headed for the same place and we laughed about how alike we were for a bit and then just parted ways. Never seen him since.

    • HAL 9000
      HAL 9000 2 months ago +1

      I saw mine on Reddit but never messaged him.

  • Discover Your Awesomeness
    Discover Your Awesomeness 2 months ago +10

    *If you haven’t found something strange during the day it hasn’t been much of a day..*

    • Taryn Morvillo
      Taryn Morvillo 2 months ago

      +Pseudonymous Being or you're very imaginative and enjoy filling in the details with strangeness. Or you're jumping timelines all day long - you are, I am - but NOW, you're noticing some of the jumps... just saying.
      Stay Weird.

    • Pseudonymous Being
      Pseudonymous Being 2 months ago +3

      Or you're just very rational and intelligent so can explain seemingly unexplainable things.