Emergence - How Stupid Things Become Smart Together

How can many stupid things combine to form smart things? How can proteins become living cells? How become lots of ants a colony? What is emergence?
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Emergence - How Stupid Things Become Smart Together


  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Jaar geleden

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    • 7


      Maand geleden

      Vote for Trump

    • Miriam Donahue

      Miriam Donahue

      2 maanden geleden

      Yo can you make like a 10 hour vid of this videos ending music? It's amazing.

    • Hameigh The slice of ham

      Hameigh The slice of ham

      6 maanden geleden

      Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell at the start of the vid this is all I could think of. Ape together strong. Ant together smart. Human together dumb

    • Dio C.

      Dio C.

      6 maanden geleden

      Ofc you are here

    • Evandro Carlo Ciaccia

      Evandro Carlo Ciaccia

      7 maanden geleden

      Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell u

  2. Seth Alvo's Grandma

    Seth Alvo's Grandma

    Uur geleden

    Thank you kurzgesagt, I just finished my fifth english paper baced on your work. What would I do without you

  3. erik martinez

    erik martinez

    6 uur geleden

    No thoughts just vibes

  4. George Scamander

    George Scamander

    2 dagen geleden


  5. tyči tyči

    tyči tyči

    2 dagen geleden

    This just sounds like Apes together strong with extra steps

  6. LifeLine


    2 dagen geleden

    1:20 so you say water together is wet (by definition) but water on its own (aka a single Molecule) is not?

  7. 林義軒


    5 dagen geleden

    Something stupid can become smart together. But sometimes stupid things can become more stupid than any individual.

  8. Privacy Lover

    Privacy Lover

    5 dagen geleden

    When the woman randomly *removed the skin on her face* I was slightly traumatized

  9. Ryan Drummond

    Ryan Drummond

    6 dagen geleden

    The intro is emergence wow

  10. Collin Parkin

    Collin Parkin

    6 dagen geleden

    scientific reasoning for why water is wet

  11. vffgd dhbvv

    vffgd dhbvv

    7 dagen geleden

    Countries are spooks.

  12. Ydusisi Dhidisi

    Ydusisi Dhidisi

    7 dagen geleden

    The Ants Watching This: *"ok"*

  13. inspired end

    inspired end

    8 dagen geleden

    Like a computer? Like a ton of ores that make up something that can do quite a few things? Like AI or....AI idk reply if you think a computer fits into this group or not

  14. Enrique Pérez Jaimes

    Enrique Pérez Jaimes

    9 dagen geleden

    0:00 kurzgesagt really did my boy like that

  15. Gong XiangQian

    Gong XiangQian

    9 dagen geleden

    Why say stupid

  16. Elijah nope

    Elijah nope

    9 dagen geleden

    "Emergence are everywhere" Like our cells

  17. Louis Wong

    Louis Wong

    9 dagen geleden


  18. Elite FaiaX

    Elite FaiaX

    9 dagen geleden

    The Soundtrack is amazing in this Video!

  19. Prabin S

    Prabin S

    10 dagen geleden

    ʟɪғᴇ ɪs ᴏɴᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ sᴛʀᴀɴɢᴇsᴛ ᴇxᴀᴍᴘʟᴇ ғᴏʀ ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄᴇ

  20. Meyer Rosen

    Meyer Rosen

    10 dagen geleden

    Emergence is when stupid individuals come together and do smart things My class has no emergence

  21. serdar gergiç

    serdar gergiç

    11 dagen geleden

    it means Allah is greatest.

  22. Ivy Jabeguero

    Ivy Jabeguero

    11 dagen geleden


  23. WendingWayfarer


    12 dagen geleden

    Of course Santa Claus exists!

  24. Levi Seo

    Levi Seo

    12 dagen geleden

    Ape together smort.

  25. Ryan Basha

    Ryan Basha

    13 dagen geleden

    I actually understood this very well

  26. 조익선


    13 dagen geleden

    Im many

  27. basic freakywise

    basic freakywise

    13 dagen geleden

    You, yes you! Are stupid and smart at the same time.



    15 dagen geleden

    if my shit (cousin waTCHED THIS VEDIO HE WOULD SAY IM'A SHIT

  29. Dylan N

    Dylan N

    15 dagen geleden

    OH NO

  30. GXY The PsicloneYT 2020

    GXY The PsicloneYT 2020

    16 dagen geleden

    what do societies create when together?

  31. Corn GD

    Corn GD

    17 dagen geleden

    Bruh, Kurzgesagt strait up burned the ant at the beggining

  32. pickle '_'

    pickle '_'

    17 dagen geleden

    6:52 That's a human monkey not an ape

  33. Bongo Wongo gold

    Bongo Wongo gold

    18 dagen geleden

    It’s like us humans, we are stupid if only 1person but100 people are smart

  34. Bongo Wongo gold

    Bongo Wongo gold

    18 dagen geleden

    I just got a sprite cranberry ad

  35. Charles McKee

    Charles McKee

    18 dagen geleden

    Well, this explains the human race...

  36. stan c

    stan c

    19 dagen geleden

    humans need this 😆

  37. Selçuk Gökhan Kalkanoğlu

    Selçuk Gökhan Kalkanoğlu

    19 dagen geleden

    Uluslar ve diğer "toplu" şeyler beynimizin bir yuvarlama hatasından ibarettir gibime geliyor. Evet, "beyin" denen varlık kümesi dahil.

  38. Y. E. S

    Y. E. S

    19 dagen geleden

    Basically what happens when im with the boys

  39. himanshu singh

    himanshu singh

    21 dag geleden

    Even our body is also example of emergence

  40. S o u p

    S o u p

    22 dagen geleden

    Question 1. What. Question 2. Which one of you fuckers decided it was a good idea to animate someone removing their face and having a brain look at the screen.

  41. Thaias


    24 dagen geleden

    Oh my god that end music is amazing!

  42. _


    24 dagen geleden

    A nation is just the rules(law) that govern an area. Everything else emerges from the rules because people do their best to follow the law, which says what they can or cannot do

  43. Mathew Smith

    Mathew Smith

    25 dagen geleden

    Funny thing happened today,it's coming in to summer in Australia where I am.I said to the blow flies "if you keep bothering me, I'll pull your wings and legs off and feed you to the ants.Suddenly they disappeared!!no insecticide needed lol! Smart little fuckers!!!

  44. Do Fostaine

    Do Fostaine

    25 dagen geleden

    Come to think of it... computer programs are just binary codes at the lowest level... just a collection of innumerable dumb 1's and 0's. But with the right structure and combinations they turn into artificial intelligence...

  45. Rosathan plays

    Rosathan plays

    26 dagen geleden


  46. Martin 27A

    Martin 27A

    26 dagen geleden

    the name of this video is CURSED

  47. Mahatma Wisesa

    Mahatma Wisesa

    27 dagen geleden

    "Apes together strong"

  48. The Original RUSTY

    The Original RUSTY

    28 dagen geleden

    This videos are truly fascinating. Wow

  49. Cường Schmidt

    Cường Schmidt

    28 dagen geleden

    "Emergence" Me: *177013 flashbacks*

  50. Paul Gildan

    Paul Gildan

    29 dagen geleden

    This is a self-evidently invalid conclusion. An unlimited number of zeros add to be zero, and they also multiply with any other number to produce zero. So how could intelligence ever get started to become other than zero. (QED)

  51. Thinkin Ish Sweet With Jelly Bean

    Thinkin Ish Sweet With Jelly Bean

    29 dagen geleden

    Emergence sounds just like evolution

  52. KKPz Playz

    KKPz Playz

    29 dagen geleden

    5:03 me: OH MY GOD

  53. 111455


    29 dagen geleden

    odd, i always figured people got dumber when in groups

  54. huz4f


    Maand geleden

    5:02 the way she showed her brain.

  55. ~Reiji


    Maand geleden

    Ah, the 177013 video

  56. master shooter64

    master shooter64

    Maand geleden

    humans are like "How smart things become stupid together"

  57. Scott Jones

    Scott Jones

    Maand geleden

    The sum total of human history in one word

  58. Thomas Benton

    Thomas Benton

    Maand geleden

    wAtEr iSnT wEt

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    Vote for Trump

  60. Amit Barak

    Amit Barak

    Maand geleden

    Isn't emergence more of an illusion than a property?

  61. Nikke Selin

    Nikke Selin

    Maand geleden

    I thought that there would be more apes togetheter strong comments

  62. Lurid Phaesporia

    Lurid Phaesporia

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  63. Random


    Maand geleden

    Hayek has entered the chat...

  64. iAlmostThoughtSo eel

    iAlmostThoughtSo eel

    Maand geleden

    Apes together strong

  65. Random Peep

    Random Peep

    Maand geleden

    The last time I put 30 5 year olds in a game they all got slaughtered by 1 big boi. Dafuq you talking about?

  66. Python


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  67. Reaper Grim

    Reaper Grim

    Maand geleden

    This is why stupid things in team based games work out

  68. Wheres Francis2

    Wheres Francis2

    Maand geleden

    Water itself isn’t wet

  69. HkayakH


    Maand geleden

    This is in every species except humans

  70. Alexander Gonzalez

    Alexander Gonzalez

    Maand geleden

    “sees title” Me: Ahh yes me and the boys coming together for the group project

  71. Jahcube blbeCZek

    Jahcube blbeCZek

    Maand geleden

    Titulky opět dělal retard? Video is greate and informative, but czech subs sucks!

  72. Muhammed Jawad

    Muhammed Jawad

    Maand geleden

    Ants together strong

  73. FRANK Ich

    FRANK Ich

    Maand geleden

    How can a bunch of stupid things become smart together? Probably every teacher watching her students try to work together

  74. Klub Kucing Lucu

    Klub Kucing Lucu

    Maand geleden

    Also happen with our body cells

  75. SadlyWritten


    Maand geleden

    No one: Americans: I dunno man, seems kinda communist to me

  76. kayleigh ruppe

    kayleigh ruppe

    Maand geleden

    aye ik you physic kids watch these

  77. Semko Sabovic

    Semko Sabovic

    Maand geleden

    The answer is Allah :)

  78. Kerbal Chris

    Kerbal Chris

    Maand geleden

    Ant together smart

  79. Lazy Klay

    Lazy Klay

    Maand geleden

    I love math

  80. Life is a Game of knowing your role

    Life is a Game of knowing your role

    Maand geleden

    The Golden formula of the universe Emergence of the universe=Nature=evolution=Society, no God just magic of the universe doing it's order.

  81. Life Sucks

    Life Sucks

    Maand geleden

    None of us is a dumb as all of us

  82. Dimas Nur afif

    Dimas Nur afif

    Maand geleden

    5:03 woah that very creppy scene i ever see at this channel

  83. Allan Reyna

    Allan Reyna

    Maand geleden

    The soundtracks are amazing

  84. Hans Sutherniles

    Hans Sutherniles

    Maand geleden

    This is Same as Human Complimentary System

  85. Nate T:DC

    Nate T:DC

    Maand geleden

    More like life in a nutshell

  86. Paprus


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    Wheres the song for this video? It's not in the link

  87. 24 nugs

    24 nugs

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    20 first graders could probably kill einstein

  88. Lucas Panto

    Lucas Panto

    Maand geleden

    *apes together strong.*



    Maand geleden

    girl: casually takes off face, puts on face back on and winks birds: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?!?!

  90. Grant Hollingsworth

    Grant Hollingsworth

    Maand geleden

    I like the way the narrator says stupid

  91. Akuello The Judge Of Gods

    Akuello The Judge Of Gods

    Maand geleden

    And for humans its the opposite

  92. Simon Gizaw

    Simon Gizaw

    Maand geleden

    look closly at 5:05 creepy

  93. Jim Parsons

    Jim Parsons

    Maand geleden

    Hmmmm? So that's what politician's claim, once in a while. Much depends on your point of view, I would guess. So how many termites have built a rocket to go to the Moon? .... point of view.

  94. Fetal Gaming

    Fetal Gaming

    Maand geleden

    The ending music is beautiful. Can we get a full version?

  95. Patrick Miles

    Patrick Miles

    Maand geleden

    Wow, first 10 seconds are all insults and roasts

  96. Autumn Desolation

    Autumn Desolation

    Maand geleden

    When I do many stupid things - nothing smart emerges, smh. Damn shame

  97. Insert name here

    Insert name here

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  98. david innocent

    david innocent

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  99. david innocent

    david innocent

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    Emergency from simplicity...that is us...but what about the others....aren't we being selfish?

  100. david innocent

    david innocent

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    Wait are they stupid!!!!!....i don't think they are...they have just learnt to live with their "being"...their evolution is just as ours only that ours is different from the numbers we are used to