A New History for Humanity - The Human Era

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A New History for Humanity - The Human Era


  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Jaar geleden

    There's brand new stuff in the Kurzgesagt Merch Shop. Check it out here: shop.kurzgesagt.org

    • JDI Virtual

      JDI Virtual

      Maand geleden

      Man before i saw this video y was tinking the same " we are not really in the 2020 we are in the 200.020 Because that was the time when the modern humans dawn.

    • 101nka


      Maand geleden

      Why didn't you mention Great Zimbabwe, Timbuktu and Kush and other non‐Egypt African Kingdoms

    • drags brut

      drags brut

      2 maanden geleden

      Kurzgesat! Can you do a video illustrating the profound beauty of mathematics? Too many people have such closed views of it, you could spark a revolution of common values 🙂

    • 12shzarmai 55

      12shzarmai 55

      2 maanden geleden

      Damn, human history sure is impressive to say the least :)

    • Covena White

      Covena White

      2 maanden geleden

      What about making a calendar based on the Younger Dryas. The Younger Dryas is when the human population bottle necked killing people north of Sub-Saharan Africa. That is proven by genetic modeling from DNA samples. There is also proof because that caused the last major ice age. And may have inspired farming in the Natufian Archeology Culture.

  2. Christian Mcphee

    Christian Mcphee

    6 uur geleden

    Anybody ever played deep town mining factory?

  3. Arshak Akbar

    Arshak Akbar

    Dag geleden

    Book: "Cesar was assassinated." Kurzgesagt: *Shows a bunch of people in tunics stabbing him over and over again in public* Me:

  4. elchip


    Dag geleden

    Ghost BC approves of your Year Zero.

  5. faasd fer

    faasd fer

    Dag geleden

    new episode of Raft Survival coming soon... 😈

  6. César Briseldo Anzueto Cabrera

    César Briseldo Anzueto Cabrera

    3 dagen geleden

    Dicen que el mejor aliado que hay para aprender inglés es Netflix, yo creo que el mío es este grandioso canal.

  7. David Watts

    David Watts

    3 dagen geleden

    no room for Jesus Christ; sry

  8. Bongo Suvio

    Bongo Suvio

    3 dagen geleden

    The great spinx is 25,000 years old this video is dog shi

  9. Philip Moore

    Philip Moore

    4 dagen geleden

    I have researched this. The original idea behind the calendar was that it started with the beginning of the Holocene, our current era. So H.E. can stand for Holocene Era, or Human Era. Adding 10,000 years to the calendar may seem arbitrary, but I believe it works. It does not really change the last 2020 years. It does not really require us to change our birth years. Instead of the United States being created in 1776, it would be 11,776. It would be inclusive of all civilizations. The Western, or Christian calendar is wrong. Jesus was not born in 1 AD (CE) or even 1 BC (BCE). The current evidence shows he most likely was born between 6 BC and 4 BC. The idea for the Holocene Calendar was proposed before new technology and information became available. Ice core samples have been used to place the beginning of the Holocene 11,700 years BP, Before Present, which is a set date of 1950. So the Holocene started around 9,750 BC. So it is a little off, but there are other factors to take into consideration. The oldest "known" proto-city, Jericho, was permanently inhabited probably no early than 9500 BC. And this is the earliest proto-city found, others came much later. The evidence for the Neolithic Revolution, true agriculture did not begin until after 10,000 BC. The same with domestication of animals, except for dogs. There is some scholars that believe that domestication of rice and the pig were earlier than 10,000 BC, but there is no physical evidence. It is hypothesized that it could have occurred earlier, but from what I have read the physical evidence for their domestication is after 10,000 BC. I feel that adding 10,000 years to the calendar would put it close to the beginning of the Holocene, before any true cities were formed, or even proto-cities, and before true agriculture began. I feel it gives us a little leeway if we find older evidence, but of course we could eventually find something older. It would, at least based on what we currently know, include all of human civilization, from farming and permanent settlements to today.

  10. Bator Vator

    Bator Vator

    4 dagen geleden


  11. Elapy


    5 dagen geleden

    "Our ancestors came together to carve a temple out of bedrock" Impossible

  12. Xx_Shenzai Izunako_Xx

    Xx_Shenzai Izunako_Xx

    6 dagen geleden

    ...well be dead by then

  13. Xx_Shenzai Izunako_Xx

    Xx_Shenzai Izunako_Xx

    6 dagen geleden

    wow BLUE humans :0

  14. Fred Weller

    Fred Weller

    7 dagen geleden

    Pol Pot tried that whole Year Zero reset. That didn't work out well for about 2 million Cambodians.

  15. Northerner


    7 dagen geleden

    Fuck 12,020

  16. Gaming with Idiots

    Gaming with Idiots

    7 dagen geleden

    Lmao anyone else found this channel through a game called deep town?

  17. Tiny Desk Engineer

    Tiny Desk Engineer

    8 dagen geleden

    Plus, at least this calendar will make the people who say that the earth is only 2020 years old will at least be a *little* bit more correct.



    9 dagen geleden

    Caveman: let's make a structure for fun! Their ghosts a lot of years later seeing how people see that structure: 0-0

  19. Bos Antok

    Bos Antok

    9 dagen geleden

    im in 2020

    • Lance Duncan

      Lance Duncan

      6 dagen geleden

      The video was posted in 2016 bro

  20. Rusty Teague

    Rusty Teague

    11 dagen geleden

    Buy this shit I just made up

  21. Rusty Teague

    Rusty Teague

    11 dagen geleden

    who's really making these videos , and why they want change our perspective?

    • Lance Duncan

      Lance Duncan

      6 dagen geleden

      They’re just ideas my dude. You can take them or leave them. Your choice.

  22. Ege Saranli

    Ege Saranli

    11 dagen geleden

    “...our ancestors came together to carve a temple out of bedrock with tools made of stone” Steve: Impossible.

  23. CallMeKhai


    12 dagen geleden

    I just got the 12021 one, anyone here?

  24. steelrain 814

    steelrain 814

    12 dagen geleden


  25. Duchess Of Essex

    Duchess Of Essex

    13 dagen geleden

    2020 is year 0

  26. Patrick Fiorito

    Patrick Fiorito

    14 dagen geleden

    Such a simple thing. But what a great idea. Love the idea of adding 10k years. It would give us a solid perspective if just how amazing humans are.

  27. Im Tilting

    Im Tilting

    14 dagen geleden

    Why are we still here, just to suffer... Yes

  28. Vishal Thakur

    Vishal Thakur

    15 dagen geleden

    Actually, it makes more sense to precede all dates with a "20" instead of a "1" as humans arrived 200,000 years ago. Also, that makes this year 202020 :)

  29. Rohit Pollock

    Rohit Pollock

    17 dagen geleden

    hi watching this during the corona virus period :)

  30. Seaboigium


    18 dagen geleden

    I think this is a wonderful Idea and I hope it happens.... eventually.

  31. Mr. Lays

    Mr. Lays

    19 dagen geleden

    Anyone here in 12,022?? Im stuck in time HALP!

  32. Henry Grant

    Henry Grant

    19 dagen geleden

    I wanna prank someone by changing all their calendars to HE and saying "2020? That was 10,000 years ago. What are you talking about?"

  33. Arthur N

    Arthur N

    19 dagen geleden

    The only book that details the first humans is discarded by modern society who cannot stand to believe that a higher being created them. That is the only evidence we will ever get as to our beginning. If we were 5 million 12,000 years ago, then there was a time when there were 2. The rate of human population expansion can be calculated backwards and we will arrive at the first humans who were not neanderthals or baboons because evolution does not allow it to happen in such a short space of time. Goodnight.

    • Lance Duncan

      Lance Duncan

      6 dagen geleden

      Come again?

  34. Grant Dhaliwal

    Grant Dhaliwal

    20 dagen geleden

    You're videos are so cool! me and my brother watch the every day

  35. Sandeep Kumar

    Sandeep Kumar

    21 dag geleden

    Hmmm.good thought

  36. Mawan Tv

    Mawan Tv

    22 dagen geleden

    False history

  37. Electromorphous


    23 dagen geleden

    6:52 "Carve a temple out of Bedrock with tools made of stone" Wait that's illegal

  38. Daniel Valpuesta

    Daniel Valpuesta

    23 dagen geleden

    Hey, the Olmecs where in Mexico, that's North America!

  39. WinRaR


    24 dagen geleden

    *And this temple 12020 y.o named Gëobekli Tepe*

  40. Francesco Lia

    Francesco Lia

    24 dagen geleden

    I like it because it is not disrespectful to Christians, it is just made for a point of perspective, acknowledging that Christ was important but the calendar may confuse

  41. NoiseTheory


    24 dagen geleden

    Anybody still getting chills from this video in 12020?

  42. Abhinav Kudva

    Abhinav Kudva

    26 dagen geleden

    Someone watching this in 2100... I am a teen while writing this ..but when u read I am be old or even dead ... 2020 has been a really ..wierd ..year ...millions of people are dying due to a virus cause of our grave mistake of harming nature...hope u learn from this ..

  43. Dawaleeb Alhawa

    Dawaleeb Alhawa

    28 dagen geleden

    i prefer the calendar as it is, thank you.

  44. Krash face

    Krash face

    29 dagen geleden

    12.000 years ago, humanity reunited in Southern Anatolia. Several millenias later, the Man who was born from those people reunited mankind...

  45. scorp s

    scorp s

    Maand geleden

    "China, India and Fertile crescent"? What's fertile crescent ? Pakistan?

  46. Fire


    Maand geleden

    Who is watching in the year 12,020?!

  47. Shadow Hunter

    Shadow Hunter

    Maand geleden

    I was mummified before it was cool made me laugh😂😂

  48. Shadow Hunter

    Shadow Hunter

    Maand geleden

    There will be NLcameras video of 12020 yrs long but it will be directly uploaded to brain 🧠 and will take only some sec on yr 12020

  49. Tirthankar De

    Tirthankar De

    Maand geleden

    year 0: making huge stone monuments with only hands 12020 years later: struggling to defeat a virus

    • Polyesterfoot bob

      Polyesterfoot bob

      Maand geleden

      in year 0 we'd say it was a curse from a demon or something and we'd go extinct. 12,020 may be a crap-fest of a year but at least (most people) aren't blaming virus' on magic.

    • William Burkowski

      William Burkowski

      Maand geleden

      Dude for real it's so true.

  50. Christos Loudos

    Christos Loudos

    Maand geleden

    'Greek golden era ended by Alexander the Great' ended in a sense of spreading Greek culture from Egypt to India, from Arabia to Uzbekistan? Clueless simplifications on what is otherwise a quality channel. Better stick to physics and bilology.

  51. Black Snow

    Black Snow

    Maand geleden

    How they build this during the younger dryas climate catastrophe?

  52. RLsquirrel Gaming

    RLsquirrel Gaming

    Maand geleden

    12020 anybody? The era of the mass quarantine

  53. Shantanu Kumar

    Shantanu Kumar

    Maand geleden

    the music is half the magic.

  54. Simon Gizaw

    Simon Gizaw

    Maand geleden

    hey make a video about the etihiopian history

  55. Simon Gizaw

    Simon Gizaw

    Maand geleden

    hey make a video about the etihiopian history

  56. eblgraphics


    Maand geleden

    A heck of a lot better... 12,000 +

  57. Rudi Hanekamp

    Rudi Hanekamp

    Maand geleden

    Why is the clock from don’t hug me I’m scared in this??? 3:07

  58. KingALBoy


    Maand geleden

    Is that the don't hug me clock? 03:08

  59. Christopher Johnson

    Christopher Johnson

    Maand geleden

    Looking at humanity from the current calendar is looking at it from a Christian point of view making many other important or more popular religions (like Islam and Hinduism) seem inferior and "wrong".

  60. ali abdullah

    ali abdullah

    Maand geleden

    “Every bronze age culture, except ancient egypt, was destroyed by mysterious invaders.” Invaders from fricken’ WHERE? If we know about most of the major civilizations at that time, how is it that we don’t know who the one civilization was that was powerful enough to wreck the others! The bonze age collapse is so bonkers

    • Christopher Johnson

      Christopher Johnson

      Maand geleden

      Maybe the invaders were Ancient Egypt

    • ali abdullah

      ali abdullah

      Maand geleden

      Simply going by how it’s presented here though, it is preeeeetty suspicious that after the “mysterious invaders” finished destroying all the civilizations around the Mediterranean sea, the only one left was egypt. I’m just sayin’, you’ve never seen ancient egypt and the sea people in the same room

  61. ali abdullah

    ali abdullah

    Maand geleden

    Wait, the wheel was invented 4000 years AFTER the first major building construction project?!?

  62. ali abdullah

    ali abdullah

    Maand geleden

    It’s hilarious to me that the Holocene calendar starts before young earth creationists think the world even existed. I would love it if this became an official thing! And if we all adopted the metric system.

  63. Vitor


    Maand geleden

    Does anyone know good sources about this subject?

  64. Rumred


    Maand geleden

    I don't think the switching of a calendar makes any sense. No one with even a slight bit of education is unaware of BCE or BC

    • Christopher Johnson

      Christopher Johnson

      Maand geleden

      Yes but when we use BC it can make it look like it all happened in the same era when most of human history happened before this. It would also be a lot easier to look at past dates and see how long ago they were

  65. Rumred


    Maand geleden

    A year zero........where have I heard this before.

  66. travis jayce

    travis jayce

    Maand geleden

    lovely. thx

  67. Jonathan Davis

    Jonathan Davis

    Maand geleden

    I love the continuity. This heals a major disruption and disconnection from our past. It is elegant in that it’s an easy change to make because it is easy to remember. At the same time, I disagree with it being called the human era. It dismissed the value of pre-agrarian hunter-gatherers and their deep connection to nature. It is arguable that what this ‘human era’ actually is, is a history of humanity’s steady disconnection from perceiving ourselves as part of the biosphere. It’s easy to destroy the life support systems of planet earth if almost 7 billion humans feel no connection to the living world. Calling this era the human era is actually another moment of ego if superiority which ranks our way of life as superior to indigenous cultures, which is dangerous because this kind of thinking has the potential to lead us to our own extinction.

  68. Kev


    Maand geleden

    Even this video downplays history pre greek and roman

    • Kev


      Maand geleden

      @Christopher Johnson not really. Read about persian history. There is a great book by great courses on audible. The persian empire paved the way for modern civilization. And the library of Alexandria was probably much of persian knowledge. When you hear descriptions of the library it screams persian influence

    • Christopher Johnson

      Christopher Johnson

      Maand geleden

      Thats because progression was slower



    Maand geleden

    I would love to see a video about John Anthony West's claims that some Egyptian artefacts (including the Sphinx) predate our current estimates for the Egyptian civilisation and could be up to 36,000 years old. Kurzgesagt, please review and help me decide what to believe!! You already made the 12,021 calendar... is the 36,022 calendar next?!

  70. AshuTosh


    Maand geleden

    Here we are, from building the first temple to making tiktoks. We progressed.

  71. The ice mask gang

    The ice mask gang

    Maand geleden

    12020 sucks ass

  72. Cameron Taft

    Cameron Taft

    Maand geleden

    Can anyone tell me the name of the walled city mentioned at the start

  73. Bean


    Maand geleden

    I love Kurzgesagt, but I wish they never made this video. It's so annoying when people use this calendar.

    • Aviation And More

      Aviation And More

      18 dagen geleden

      Probably because they know that the other calendar that says 2020 is not true

    • keviscool


      Maand geleden

      Let people enjoy things

  74. Eden Kafri

    Eden Kafri

    Maand geleden

    TIME?!?!?!?!?!?! 😳😵

  75. Panino Manino

    Panino Manino

    Maand geleden

    This video is almost four years old already?!

  76. sayaadalahbudak


    Maand geleden

    5:21 Egypt sus

  77. Lore E.P.

    Lore E.P.

    Maand geleden

    Nice music

  78. VihaanRuhaan Dhara

    VihaanRuhaan Dhara

    Maand geleden

    12, 020 is the best and worst year ever.

  79. VihaanRuhaan Dhara

    VihaanRuhaan Dhara

    Maand geleden

    When: 12, 020 Where: The place with the Covid mortality is at

  80. Comedic Noob

    Comedic Noob

    Maand geleden

    Some early humans: "Hey let's build like a, really, really big thing too our gods!" Earth: * you have entered survival mode *

  81. ki777iz


    Maand geleden

    but the history channel says...

  82. Justin Sumner

    Justin Sumner

    Maand geleden

    Some dude in ancient Anatolia decides to draw on a rock and now I have to pay taxes and student loans. Thanks a lot.

  83. xlxcrossing


    Maand geleden

    Did anyone spot the Don't Hug Me I'm Scared characters? The time guy and a computer that says "ouch". As in "don't touch me!"

  84. millzi matt

    millzi matt

    Maand geleden

    Yo that piano in the background really slaps 😂😭

  85. Casper Sundgren

    Casper Sundgren

    Maand geleden


  86. John Hudert

    John Hudert

    Maand geleden

    I think we better find out what that temple REALLY was for before we use it as a convenient milestone... And can you please add "first KNOWN" to every mention of that temple or any other "first"... because, you know, new discoveries.

  87. Emir EC

    Emir EC

    Maand geleden

    I think this is a brilliant idea, as our current calendar unintentionally creates a divide between the two sides, with the BCE side made to seem irrelevant and inferior to the CE side. With an air of arrogance attached to the CE As someone who loves history, I've only recently grown to appreciate learning about our stone age ancestors as much as I appreciate learning about the other, more recent ages. I place a lot of the blame for this poor attitude on our current calendar influencing me as a child to think that everything prior to that era was unworthy of learning about Picturing humanity to be in the year 12,020 invokes a feeling of pride in me about our species and their accomplishments. It doesn't downplay any period of time, it recognises that each era was just as important as the last. Without them all we wouldn't be where we're are today I don't know what the political channels would be to have this calendar become the norm, but let's do it

  88. Evil Cutey

    Evil Cutey

    Maand geleden

    Hmmm I think I might be alive then

  89. bad bovine

    bad bovine

    Maand geleden

    0:52 'A year zero, that truly represents us'. Stalin: 'Ah, my child...'

  90. CMDR Mawortz

    CMDR Mawortz

    Maand geleden

    I came back to watch this video again after the 12.021 is really nice to see how the illustrations have improved since 12.016

  91. Racitha Jeyram

    Racitha Jeyram

    Maand geleden

    Anyone checking the old vid out after the new one

  92. crackhead nate

    crackhead nate

    Maand geleden

    Fun Fact: The man who introduced the Christian calendar was so bad at math, that if we actually were counting from the birth of Christ, we would be at 2023, not 2020.

    • Christopher Johnson

      Christopher Johnson

      Maand geleden

      Thats really interesting



      Maand geleden

      @Adriano Moraes Because there isnt a year zero,jesus didnt born magically between year 1bc and 1,he was most likely born around 6bc-4bc

    • finde nichts

      finde nichts

      Maand geleden

      i want to see you calculate the birthdate of jesus 500 years after he was born with the sources available at that time 1200 years before the toilet was invented mr smartpants

    • crackhead nate

      crackhead nate

      Maand geleden

      @Adriano Moraes he got the date jesus was born wrong and only like a 100 years later did someone correct him

    • Adriano Moraes

      Adriano Moraes

      Maand geleden


  93. crackhead nate

    crackhead nate

    Maand geleden

    Kurzegesagt: "Our ancestors came together to carve a temple out of bedrock" Minecrafters: Wait, that's illegal.

  94. Cheeks2184


    Maand geleden

    Hmm, I almost wonder if that original structure was the beginnings of the Tower of Babel that the Bible mentions.



    Maand geleden

    In 5000BCE ,when i was still hunting, a guy told me he was from the "future" and that we would have a "city" whatever that meant and we would colinize a galaxy. He brought me to his "time machine" and he said he was from 12201 and his time machine. The time machine looked like an oval with a thing called an "engine" and a "thruster" that apparently goes at the speed of light. So i went in and-------

  96. Clark Kent Camarador

    Clark Kent Camarador

    Maand geleden

    3:07 Hello clock from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared (DHMIS)! Edit: 5:15 Hello to you too Malcom from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared (DHMIS)!

  97. Eva Lieblich

    Eva Lieblich

    Maand geleden

    Kurzgesagt finde ich diese Idee voll in Ordnung :)

  98. ̇


    Maand geleden

    What's with the DHMIS references?

  99. Samuel Sterling

    Samuel Sterling

    Maand geleden

    Personally I think using the BC and AD system works fine

  100. Jake Cassidy

    Jake Cassidy

    Maand geleden

    this video makes me upset when look at humanity now..