What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?

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Humans are proud of a lot of things, from particle accelerators, to poetry to pokemon. All of them made possible because of something humans value extremely highly: intelligence.

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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    4 maanden geleden

    You can find our beautiful education posters in our shop: shop.kurzgesagt.org Ok! Intelligence! Next up in this series: more Consciousness and similar things! And by next up we mean in like half a year or so. Probably longer. But we are on it! Bigs thanks to the Templeton World Charity Foundation for supporting this series!

    • Antonio Rodrigues Jr

      Antonio Rodrigues Jr

      Maand geleden

      @Steffany Soares o inglês aqui é muito claro



      Maand geleden

      Just bought some space posters and I cant get enough of them.

    • ッZEROID


      Maand geleden

      I know it's too hard to make it real but please try to do the easy game what would be just like In the video

    • Jasmine Pessendawatch

      Jasmine Pessendawatch

      Maand geleden

      Make a poster on the anatomy of the human brain! Please :)



      2 maanden geleden

      Make this as a game PLEASE

  2. M Bot

    M Bot

    4 uur geleden

    Anybody who doubts the brilliance of the future generations has never watched a six-year-old play Minecraft.

  3. Legacy


    8 uur geleden

    we say its advanced, but squirell's only retrieve 20% of the nuts they buried xD That's how the trees are grown

  4. Hàrûká Tobio

    Hàrûká Tobio

    18 uur geleden

    I feel that if you have a very great memory, you’re naturally clever

  5. Vin Colletti

    Vin Colletti

    23 uur geleden

    who else saw Gromit behind the sheep herd?

  6. ObviouslyASMR


    Dag geleden

    I don't like the way the brain is the thumbnail is looking at me.. but amazing video as always!

  7. Robert Stewart

    Robert Stewart

    Dag geleden

    The animation for this video is fantastic

  8. Arabela Nakano

    Arabela Nakano

    Dag geleden

    The overwrought richard simultaneously plant because crop realistically blush times a blushing client. imperfect, snobbish transaction

  9. Connie Scott

    Connie Scott

    Dag geleden

    The alleged venezuelan unprecedentedly telephone because timer findingsinitially order modulo a grateful gratis washer. obsequious, ugliest attempt

  10. Maxim Koneva

    Maxim Koneva

    Dag geleden

    I'd play that game in the video

  11. Josias Partamian

    Josias Partamian

    Dag geleden

    Talk about race and IQ

  12. Stonks Agent

    Stonks Agent

    Dag geleden

    *don’t know, never had it*

  13. Jack Feldman

    Jack Feldman

    2 dagen geleden

    Way to incorporate Pokémon into your video

  14. Pritam Sahoo 26-F-IX

    Pritam Sahoo 26-F-IX

    2 dagen geleden

    I am also a budding animator and want to make high quality videos like you. Please provide the knowledge about the animation software you use.

  15. cheaptoons


    2 dagen geleden

    particle accelerator, poetry and pokèmon ....I love it when he says that

  16. Koriand'r • The Tamaranean Sacrifice

    Koriand'r • The Tamaranean Sacrifice

    2 dagen geleden

    Majora's Mask

  17. Griffyn Pugh

    Griffyn Pugh

    2 dagen geleden

    see we have found a zelda fan

  18. No I don't

    No I don't

    2 dagen geleden

    Considering how good my planning and memory skills are *not* ... x.X I don't feel very intelligent anymore.

  19. vinnie


    2 dagen geleden

    what kind of science is this?

  20. Yeert Tere

    Yeert Tere

    2 dagen geleden

    Legend says it's still evolving. Soon he'll be a god

  21. SavageCat132


    3 dagen geleden

    Wait.. we’re proud of Pokémon???

    • my hand

      my hand

      3 dagen geleden


  22. Holphana Scott

    Holphana Scott

    3 dagen geleden

    intelligence is just an oppurtunity afforded to us by those who create us. (parents and elders) You could be able to come up with really amazing solutions to unsolvable problems. But you won't if they don't reach your field of vision. But I don't think humanity appreciates intelligence all that much. The average person would rather dig their head in the sand, not try hard when getting paid and be the cool kid in educational settings.

  23. eee zzz

    eee zzz

    4 dagen geleden

    There is an easter egg refrencing to Wallace & Gromit in this video and it is Gromit

  24. Op Mai

    Op Mai

    4 dagen geleden


  25. XxBritishGamerxX —Kingdom Of Britain—

    XxBritishGamerxX —Kingdom Of Britain—

    4 dagen geleden

    Quick fact: Aliens might be using the internet if they stole our internet boxes or created there own internet and using it right now ON NLcameras

  26. Gisele L

    Gisele L

    5 dagen geleden

    Believe me,there is a survival game on Roblox , I know ,it is extremely accurate it is called Creatures Of Sonaria

  27. Fox Host

    Fox Host

    5 dagen geleden

    GROMIT! :D

  28. Stoftpojke


    5 dagen geleden

    I would love an human muscular anatomy Kurzgesagt map!

  29. Othenz


    5 dagen geleden

    We have intelligence because we are created in the image of God! All of creation are declaring the power and intelligence of the creator!

    • my hand

      my hand

      3 dagen geleden

      But inferior

  30. Jacob Bull

    Jacob Bull

    5 dagen geleden

    0:37 i would literally die for these bebes 😭

  31. Fire Blade

    Fire Blade

    5 dagen geleden

    i am in class 9 and this channel both educate and entertain me

  32. Kian S. Nuñez

    Kian S. Nuñez

    5 dagen geleden

    Now this animation is just asking to be a Video Game!!! *Kurzgesagt you have the tool box, you just need to use it!*

  33. Jarrod Steve

    Jarrod Steve

    6 dagen geleden

    Anybody who doubts the brilliance of the future generations has never watched a six-year-old play Minecraft.

  34. Xavier Hagan

    Xavier Hagan

    6 dagen geleden

    intelligence is something I don't have because I'm stupid

    • my hand

      my hand

      3 dagen geleden

      You do bcz you know

  35. Dinesh Balaji Saravanan

    Dinesh Balaji Saravanan

    6 dagen geleden

    why tf all the comments are a meme 😂

  36. Lulu's Blues

    Lulu's Blues

    7 dagen geleden

    "we have the toolbox, we just need to use it" is so inspirational



    7 dagen geleden

    y e l l o w b e a n

  38. Dice Boy

    Dice Boy

    8 dagen geleden

    Someone needs to make a petition for this to be an actual game

  39. Diego C.

    Diego C.

    8 dagen geleden

    7:40 Gromit 😉

  40. WaterWeb


    8 dagen geleden

    What’s bokemon

  41. Christian Callini

    Christian Callini

    9 dagen geleden

    Kurzesagt: we have the tool box, we just need to use it Karens: No, i don't think i will

  42. Lovetadraw


    9 dagen geleden

    I've always wondered if my cat thinks he's human or I'm a type of cat.

  43. Mitullesh Engarshal

    Mitullesh Engarshal

    10 dagen geleden

    20th Century Fox with 1994 Normal Fanfare (Home Entertainment Style) (PAL Version)

  44. Fun With Yash

    Fun With Yash

    10 dagen geleden

    Logic: exists Intelligence: exists Karen’s :I’m gonna ignore that.

  45. Mazin Zain

    Mazin Zain

    10 dagen geleden

    0:37 i thought to never be creatvie again

  46. ryan john hernandez

    ryan john hernandez

    10 dagen geleden

    8:30 is depressing

  47. Juan K.30

    Juan K.30

    10 dagen geleden

    I thought the video was in Spanish ... because the title is in Spanish

    • N. M.

      N. M.

      6 dagen geleden

      autotranslate for you

  48. Noah Simon Lenk

    Noah Simon Lenk

    10 dagen geleden

    I just noticed having multiple personalities isn’t a disease, you have tons of neurons. They are all single and just form a net.

  49. Mr. Biscuits

    Mr. Biscuits

    11 dagen geleden

    The sentence "we have the toolbox, we just need to use it" is very philosofical and smart which makes me think about life very deeply

  50. Fahad Bakather

    Fahad Bakather

    11 dagen geleden

    مافي عرب

  51. Francine Caldwell

    Francine Caldwell

    12 dagen geleden

    I’d definitely play a survival game in kurzgesagt’s art style

    • Satria Jannatan

      Satria Jannatan

      10 dagen geleden

      How coincidental, the comment exactly matches the top comment

  52. Hong Lo Van

    Hong Lo Van

    12 dagen geleden

    “Something humans value highly-intelligence” that is debatable

    • KichiroRC


      3 dagen geleden

      @my hand I think you're missing the point here...?

    • my hand

      my hand

      3 dagen geleden

      What else?

    • KichiroRC


      10 dagen geleden


  53. Muks


    12 dagen geleden

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  54. Gustavo Masis

    Gustavo Masis

    12 dagen geleden


  55. Palanquin Skies

    Palanquin Skies

    12 dagen geleden

    At the mention of Pokémon, I instantly hit the like button. One of the fastest likes I have ever given on NLcameras.

  56. danny rich

    danny rich

    12 dagen geleden

    we shouldn't be proud of pokemon

  57. Chris Fykes

    Chris Fykes

    12 dagen geleden

    That was OTIE or ODIE OR SOMWRHING AT 7:43

  58. NotSoArtificialIntelligence


    12 dagen geleden

    Seeing that scene at 1:24 makes me really want a game like that

  59. Thunda Phantøm

    Thunda Phantøm

    13 dagen geleden

    so no one peeped the shaun the sheep reference??? no?? ok

  60. Nathaniel Thomas

    Nathaniel Thomas

    13 dagen geleden

    8:10 Michio Kaku: hold my particle accelerator



    14 dagen geleden

    i love your videos just add more of the video games



      14 dagen geleden

      oh and i have a bird of my own to find me just check Garki FCT Abuja

  62. Jeevsub


    15 dagen geleden

    Sid Meier's Civilization Kurzgesagt Edition

  63. Kristo Mefisto

    Kristo Mefisto

    15 dagen geleden

    9:15 I want the infographic poster about human history!

  64. Juliana Cristina

    Juliana Cristina

    16 dagen geleden

    I'm here because the channel Alemanizando. Thanks Elissa and Rodrigo.

  65. shotx


    16 dagen geleden

    This is the master when you intersect valuable information with beautiful graphics.

  66. Docter Madhouse 2.0

    Docter Madhouse 2.0

    16 dagen geleden

    Not now mom im trying to upgrade intelligence

  67. juan lapuente

    juan lapuente

    16 dagen geleden

    Nice, but in minute 5:45 you say that chimpanzees use sticks to fish for termites in tree holes and this is wrong. They use stick tools to fish for ants in trees and for termites in termite mounds, beside many other tool uses.

  68. Kevin Lopez Cerrato

    Kevin Lopez Cerrato

    16 dagen geleden

    Hey i got a question what is space time and is it realy flat?

    • my hand

      my hand

      3 dagen geleden

      It's not flat, what you look on digital is a graph

    • Ezra Barnes

      Ezra Barnes

      12 dagen geleden

      @Kevin Lopez Cerrato go outside and look up I think I saw a space up there

    • Kevin Lopez Cerrato

      Kevin Lopez Cerrato

      16 dagen geleden

      and are worm holes part of space or what is space??

  69. Almant pavlov

    Almant pavlov

    17 dagen geleden

    Imagine Kurzgesagt making one game that includes all of the games from all of the videos! Start as bacteria, evolve, get consciousness, play the game from this video and evolve further. I know this looks like SPORE but God, I want a game made in this art style!

  70. Gourav Yadav

    Gourav Yadav

    17 dagen geleden

    Kurzgesagt - What is intelligence? Einstein - 𝙄 𝙖𝙢 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚...

  71. Kade Park

    Kade Park

    18 dagen geleden

    Poster with astronomical facts please!

  72. Atlas Che

    Atlas Che

    18 dagen geleden

    Wait,5:41,is that master sword and Rupee in legend of Zelda?and 5:56,shield of Hylian?

  73. I gotta kill something

    I gotta kill something

    18 dagen geleden

    We use to think about the future, but now we are more worried about the here, and now.

  74. jagdeep dhillon

    jagdeep dhillon

    18 dagen geleden

    Guys we really need to stop training these animals and making them intelligent. NOW!!!

    • my hand

      my hand

      3 dagen geleden

      The humans still fricking dumb you wanna go to animals?

  75. Tofiu Games

    Tofiu Games

    19 dagen geleden

    Can you make a video about Warp Drive

  76. BumBum gaming

    BumBum gaming

    19 dagen geleden

    Kurzgesagt: What is intelligence? Me: laughs in 200 IQ

  77. Dios Espiral

    Dios Espiral

    19 dagen geleden

    No entendi nada mas que la animacion esta bien perrona XD

  78. Alejandro Rodriguez Rendon

    Alejandro Rodriguez Rendon

    19 dagen geleden

    Deberían hacer un video de como se adapta el cerebro y que cambios hace a cambios como leer o hacer problemas matematicos

  79. Allen Naliath

    Allen Naliath

    19 dagen geleden

    It’s really interesting that we are intelligent enough to write and read. Two different people with different experiences can look at shapes on a page and understand the ideas that the writer was trying to communicate. They can even communicate with each other about these ideas. It’s so cool that we can turn something as abstract as an idea into something we can perceive from shapes on a page or screen.

  80. Isaac Keigwin

    Isaac Keigwin

    20 dagen geleden


  81. I I

    I I

    20 dagen geleden

    I encountered an aspect of IQ I’ve never heard of - the implications of one’s beliefs. I know an uneducated person that believes science is just a religion and scientists practice that religion. This person believes that scientists’ religion is wrong - that the earth is in fact only 10,000 years old and animals don’t evolve. This person doesn’t comprehend the implications of his beliefs that include: 1. university is a waste of time because scientists don’t learn about evidence - only a belief system (or religion). 2. All branches of science (and many thousands of scientists) are wrong - Physicists and engineers that design and build equipment for carbon dating, geologists, all biologists, molecular biologist, paleontologists, comparative anatomist, biochemists, etc. 3. None of these scientists are smart enough to know what only he and a handful of other uneducated people know. Also, I know a homeopath. She never thought of the implications of her beliefs - that soy beans and apple cider vinegar cure cancer and diabetes as well as many other ideas. These implication include: 1. That many thousands of doctors, the most intelligent and educated people on earth, including endocrinologists and oncologists, are wrong. 2. that many thousands of people unnecessarily die of cancer and diabetes each year because they don’t follow her belief system. 3. Only her and a handful of her medically uneducated colleagues know the answers but no one is smart enough to listen. These two people I’m describing are also very deficient in IQ points in many other aspects of their life. It seems implications of beliefs is just one aspect.

    • my hand

      my hand

      3 dagen geleden

      IQ and EQ exists

    • my hand

      my hand

      3 dagen geleden

      So what's your point?

  82. Robertas Grite

    Robertas Grite

    20 dagen geleden

    Like if Kurzgesagt should make a game of that animated game!

  83. Esila Gg

    Esila Gg

    21 dag geleden

    i wish they actually made games like these

  84. Lightning Gaming

    Lightning Gaming

    21 dag geleden

    What if Intel- was about complexity, even if we're more advanced than single celles I still think it's possible; I still wonder if cells could be (to a level ) aware.

  85. Ivan Lezcano

    Ivan Lezcano

    21 dag geleden

    Ááqqåaqqqqqaqqqqáqqqáqqqqáqqqqqáánw abandonaban

  86. Tiny Desk Engineer

    Tiny Desk Engineer

    21 dag geleden

    The only thing I learnt from this is that the key to intelligence is more eyes than anything else

  87. Abdel Baghi Baghi

    Abdel Baghi Baghi

    22 dagen geleden

    Love your video but the world map isn’t accurate, African is much bigger , hope that won’t be the case in the final product

  88. Pro Ject

    Pro Ject

    22 dagen geleden

    Anything fuzzy when you try to really measure it. How do you measure whether you're strong or not?

  89. Pro Ject

    Pro Ject

    22 dagen geleden

    We're just meat that does what a computer does.

  90. BeatsByDrew


    22 dagen geleden

    Kurzgesagt is really psychedelic now

  91. ThaOneBird


    22 dagen geleden

    It begins by removing TikTok from you’re phone

  92. Son


    22 dagen geleden


  93. XYA Rant

    XYA Rant

    22 dagen geleden

    You’re bold enough to assume my brain ever started.

  94. Killswitch YT

    Killswitch YT

    22 dagen geleden

    So basically... Minecraft

  95. Dragon Emperor

    Dragon Emperor

    23 dagen geleden

    3:45 Maybe the bee is color blinded?



    23 dagen geleden

    If that was a game,I will be addicted to it

  97. Elric


    23 dagen geleden

    The beginning creatures makes me think of spore and makes me wish they made a spore 2 :/

  98. Luigi Cotocea

    Luigi Cotocea

    23 dagen geleden

    Intelligence! There is also a Idiotism!

  99. creativecreepyturtle


    23 dagen geleden

    Dude u need a game

  100. Scot Hebert

    Scot Hebert

    23 dagen geleden

    Flintstones Families nonviolence no intoxicants. :)