The Origin of Consciousness - How Unaware Things Became Aware

  • Published on Mar 17, 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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Comments • 17 969

  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell  6 months ago +3596

    Get the Consciousness poster here:

    • ecogreen 123
      ecogreen 123 3 days ago

      a conciseness, not being able to tell exactly what itself is? its like saying.... eyes trying to see themselves... maybe its impossible... woah r/im14andthisisdeep

    • • I am a Funny YouTuber lol
      • I am a Funny YouTuber lol 17 days ago

      Seriously when does part 2 of consiouness come out kurz😃

    • Mike Pastore
      Mike Pastore Month ago

      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.

  • needpit1
    needpit1 10 hours ago

    So your conclusion is that consciousness is originated by the necessity of food but you never gave some sort of definition of what consciousness is. How can you afirm that something originated in some way if you dont even know what "that" actually is or what properties it have??? Are you saying that the sense of needing food and reproducing are something separate that doesnt interact with consciousness because that sense is what cause consciousness to exist in the first place??? But then how does the living creature knows that is hungry ?? How can you even propose that just "living" things have consciousness if you dont develop an hypothesis of what being conscious means?? I get the idea that the more senses we have the more we are aware of the environment but your conclusion, your aseverations about the food driven origin of consciousness and your implicit but unexplained assumptions of what consciousness is make this video one of your worst videos, at leats for me. I don't blame you though, consciousness is a difficult topic. Still a huge fan of your work

  • rion herzog
    rion herzog 13 hours ago

    No. Yeah. Problem with it. History was erased. Are we becoming more or less reliant upon technology to give us answers? I can't take what the narrator says seriously. & the graphics are at 'best' ok. Conscious, in my opinion starts when something is born.

  • 天使
    天使 13 hours ago


  • general penguin
    general penguin 14 hours ago

    I don't know if anyone sees this comment, but I had this question for a while. The question is: Can we go beyond consciousness

  • Lax DC
    Lax DC 16 hours ago

    Man people will think of anything they possibly can to make sure that the answer to such complexity in the world and ourselves isn’t God. Of course animals had an ACciDenTal mutation that allowed for their simple consciousness right? Who’s to stay it couldn’t happen. Fucking hell such complexity because of MilLioNs of years of accidents. Right.

  • Pokemon evolution
    Pokemon evolution 17 hours ago +1

    The best video ever seen.....


  • Victor
    Victor Day ago +1

    Consciousness is the Consciousness that sees everything behind and before the eyes. you cannot define it because it cannot be seen, you are it, and you can only be it, but you can never find it as an object of perception

  • Jackie Vondrová
    Jackie Vondrová Day ago +1

    Stones do have behaviour! They lie around...

  • Dj Hudgins
    Dj Hudgins Day ago +1

    Bing bang lie, evolution lie, "what consciousness is" lie.

  • tony evans
    tony evans 2 days ago +1

    Flat earth is consciousness. This content is unconscious.

  • AVG x G4mer
    AVG x G4mer 2 days ago +1

    This video made me think about isekai anime.

  • Dave rave
    Dave rave 3 days ago +1

    Here we go again

  • gavin Frierson
    gavin Frierson 3 days ago +1

    We know what consciousness is but we still don’t know it’s origins

  • Unity Fitness
    Unity Fitness 3 days ago +1

    And people call religion a fairytale lol

    • Azerack
      Azerack 2 days ago

      Because it literally is.

  • Randall
    Randall 3 days ago +1

    That’s why restaurants are op

  • Katie S
    Katie S 3 days ago +1

    I forgot how well funded this channel is, I expected that ending to transition into “this episode was sponsored by Doordash”

  • Let It Ride DH
    Let It Ride DH 3 days ago

    PLEASE READ :p You can't pinpoint consciousness because it is actually the totality of what we can perceive. Let me explain : we as humans are sensible to a very small fraction of all the spectrum, wich means in a way that our consciousness is the capability to "digest" information from a certain wavelength. We don't need to feel or to be aware of the magnetic field of the earth because we simply don't need this step of consciousness to evolve in our specie. So basically being FULLY conscious would mean that your biological system could interpret 100% of the information given to the universe and therefore know everything about it so : it would be able to view the future with 100% precision, wait wtf ?

    • Let It Ride DH
      Let It Ride DH 3 days ago

      @• I am a Funny RU-clipr lol well shit.

    • • I am a Funny YouTuber lol
      • I am a Funny YouTuber lol 3 days ago

      @Let It Ride DH fun fact: not neccesary all animals need consiouness to find food

    • Let It Ride DH
      Let It Ride DH 3 days ago

      @• I am a Funny RU-clipr lol yeah but the act of perceiving light (photon receptor) makes the perception of what's going on away from you : food

    • • I am a Funny YouTuber lol
      • I am a Funny YouTuber lol 3 days ago

      @Let It Ride DH because u think that consiouness is all about percetion which desnt makes sense all together as in the video it was stated consionesss stared for the erge of food not just perception.

    • Let It Ride DH
      Let It Ride DH 3 days ago

      @• I am a Funny RU-clipr lol well why its totally true

  • Marqan
    Marqan 3 days ago +2

    If the way to become more intelligent is to look for food, then I'll be a genius in a few years!

  • katie sings
    katie sings 4 days ago +3

    bold of you to assume i enjoy consciousness

  • Cyril Peter
    Cyril Peter 4 days ago +3

    Am halfway through the video and somehow of all the videos I have seen of this guy , this is somewhat the worst it just lacks the point he is trying to make. He argues for a fact that living things exhibited consciousness when they started searching for food like how would they know they were hungry if they had not been conscious at the first place and moreover to be hungry there's a preceding action of consuming food and they couldn't have eaten unless they were conscious at all, they would have never blinked were they not conscious at all and this is the whole problem of evolution theory it can't explain consciousness. It asserts that consciousness has become complex but they just don't get the point its only the degree of being conscious that has changed. Consciousness is still the same as it was in the beginning and it is at now but the degree of being conscious is the one changing , all I can say is that consciousness preceded the formation of the first cellular life or if you have any thought just table it.

    • Azerack
      Azerack 2 days ago

      @Cyril Peter Thank you for demonstrating that you don't know what evolution is. Evolution =/ Abiogenesis. Stop conflating the two and talking about them like they're the same thing. There are plenty of theories about abiogenesis, some of which Kurzgesagt cover in their "Great Filter" video. A cell isn't conscious and it can reproduce. Reproduction doesn't assume consciousness so stop pretending like any evolutionary biology says it does. Also "intelligence can only come from intelligence. That's clearly not true because we exist and we are a product of evolution, not intelligence. You answered your own question because yes our consciousness is in fact a product of emergence and until you can prove that there's anything more than what we can see in our brain (neurons, synapses, electrical signals) you are succumbing to wishful thinking (faith). Study up, try to understand these concepts before u criticize them because you have demonstrated through your conflations of evolution and Abiogenesis that you have no idea what the fuck you're talking about.

    • Cyril Peter
      Cyril Peter 2 days ago

      @Azerack I told you that for you to understand that a cell is just a random bunch of elements clumped together with which run on programs from their DNA which somehow you have to account for. All the explanations about consciousness as a biological phenomena fail when you ask what do you mean when you say biological, a person like you will say because its responding to environment and I ask you what is responding you say its the cell but this is the problem the environment is matter and what makes the cell is also matter the difference is the arrangement of the cell. So it is how does matter this which is no different from the other react in such way to show intelligence, you say its an emergence, an emerging property but clearly intelligence rises out of intelligence. Hence there's no way that matter can induce themselves the state of being , the conscious presence , intelligence , evolution will say its a process like this is soo ridiculous. If matter induced consciousness then it need be conscious the basic unit. If then the first cell wasn't conscious it could have died and never tried to pass down the basic knowledge from which also evolution can't help but stare. Matter can't simply come up and somehow it begins to learn its ridiculous just like saying a robot can build itself by starting to write a program about itself and assemble itself and somehow no robot ever existed before and no human to write the program was. Evolution is just wasting us

    • Azerack
      Azerack 2 days ago

      @Cyril Peter Anything as or more complex than a cell. Something that can reproduce and maintain homeostasis. Read a textbook and get informed on basic biology, don't ask a random person on RU-clip.

    • Cyril Peter
      Cyril Peter 2 days ago

      What's an organism I ask you

    • Azerack
      Azerack 2 days ago +1

      You are completely wrong and this video explains why you're wrong. Organisms dont NEED consciousness in order to attain energy. Being aware of your environment and yourself (consciousness) is only a tool that gives you an advantage over other organisms. This means that any form of consciousness (even one photoreceptor or one if/else gate) in an organism will give it and its offspring an advantage over others. Fast forward millions and millions of generations and random mutations, and natural selection will do what it does best. Select for which mechanisms are best for survival and preserve them. Evolutionary theory can, and does explain consciousness. It is people who don't understand Evolution like yourself that misrepresent it and say "If i cant understand how this works, then it must have been magic". Maybe try watching the full video this time and listen to what he says because he explains this.

  • landofold
    landofold 4 days ago +2

    Tfw you're just a tiny worm known for your funny face.

  • The Thinking Being
    The Thinking Being 4 days ago +2

    The ability to be aware of our habits and the big picture

  • MahdiYsondre
    MahdiYsondre 4 days ago +4

    All along the video, the notions of cognition and consciousness are confused. The video doesn't talk about consciousness at all. It's pitiful. The author has absolutely not understood the concept of consciousness, and claims to be able to explain it to others. The definition of consciousness is very clear. By the way, this is an entity which can't be observed. Each of us knows that he has consciousness, but we can't prove that the others have. It's just intuition. Consciousness is a metaphysical entity. Natural selection and adaptation have no reason to induce consciousness, and even they had, they couldn't do it, because it's metaphysical. Consciousness is the greatest mystery, with the origin of the world, but to understand what I'm saying, you have to understand the concept of consciousness, and it's not on PubMed (metaphysics is not about science), it is rather in the philosophical literature (Aristotle, St. Francis Aquinas,...). Scientific fanatisme is a barrier for the mind. I love Science, but everthing is not about science.

  • LVB animations and stuff

    This was the first Video I watched od this channel.
    No regrets.

  • mythirdchannel
    mythirdchannel 4 days ago +3

    got a feeling I'll be having an existential crisis now everything I get hungry :P

  • Gustavo Moura
    Gustavo Moura 4 days ago +2

    Very good video, thank you.

  • Dillon White
    Dillon White 4 days ago +1

    Is it not just memory+the ability to speak ?

  • Ariful Arifin
    Ariful Arifin 4 days ago +2

    Evolution? Really? I thought you guys were smart..

  • Rigz Movie Diaries
    Rigz Movie Diaries 5 days ago +1

    We are just a wet squishy muscle with chemicals in it

  • Mr. sir
    Mr. sir 5 days ago +1

    Why are most of the people in these videos black?

    • Mr. sir
      Mr. sir Day ago

      What am I being racist right now? I mean most of the people in America are white.

    • SadSheep
      SadSheep 2 days ago

      No one asks that when most people are white

  • Mr. sir
    Mr. sir 5 days ago +1


  • Aravind M
    Aravind M 5 days ago +1

    Nice Video... Good concepts!...
    Keep Rocking...
    Looking forward for lot More interesting Video's...
    Much Love, Peace and Harmony...😇

  • cursed alien
    cursed alien 5 days ago +1

    So basically, food was the first thing anyone thought about.

  • • I am a Funny YouTuber lol

    The narrator said a living thing needs energy to survive then why does an cell which is unconscious even know thag it needs energy or wss just an freak coincidence that non living things turned into a liviing thing by adcident seems legit and jokes on u god😂.

  • Darketek
    Darketek 5 days ago +1

    1:30 - 1:37 enjoy is a strong word

  • Ben Gill
    Ben Gill 6 days ago +1

    Great video but still no explaination really... i really think it's outside of what we understand but I have no idea what or how, obviously.. I just hope I find out when I die haha

  • Constantinus Augustus
    Constantinus Augustus 6 days ago +1

    say it pussies - it's Divine

  • biiirca
    biiirca 6 days ago +1

    The mantle of responsibility

  • Adithya Purushothaman
    Adithya Purushothaman 7 days ago +5

    Advaita Vedanta seems to explain consciousness in greater detail.

  • pagina por favor
    pagina por favor 7 days ago +1

    6:17 haha creepy asf. Hiding teddy bear

  • typhoon320i
    typhoon320i 7 days ago +1

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

  • Jason Ivy
    Jason Ivy 7 days ago

    Are plants considered Conscious

  • proximaism
    proximaism 7 days ago

    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 7 days ago +1

      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 7 days ago +2

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

  • jesse ledab
    jesse ledab 8 days ago +4

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

    • Lu Bu
      Lu Bu 2 days ago

      Also, equivocated =/= equal

    • Lu Bu
      Lu Bu 2 days ago

      Rewatch the video, KG states that consciousness and intellegence are related, but not the same.

  • Diane Nguyen
    Diane Nguyen 8 days ago +1

    I want google to stop translating video titles

  • darkordies
    darkordies 8 days ago

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

  • _adam_
    _adam_ 9 days ago +8

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

  • River Towner
    River Towner 10 days ago +1

    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 10 days ago +4

    Your animation style is awesome and really helps in understanding

  • Sweet Leaf
    Sweet Leaf 10 days ago +1

    The cutest video on RU-clip.

  • Belzedor homm
    Belzedor homm 10 days ago +1


  • Tropical
    Tropical 10 days ago

    Can you do a video on quasar and chaos theory

    CHIEF CHILI 11 days ago +3


  • ll Tempxst ll
    ll Tempxst ll 11 days ago +1

    looks like 60fps animation? if so, props

  • Noah Gilbertson
    Noah Gilbertson 11 days ago +1

    Wheres the follow up to this video

  • Charlie Angkor
    Charlie Angkor 11 days ago +1

    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 11 days ago +1

    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 11 days ago +1

    My stone shows crumbling behaviour.