Emergence - How Stupid Things Become Smart Together

  • Published on Nov 16, 2017
  • 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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  • John Bayani
    John Bayani 19 hours ago

    These videos have so much rewatchability

  • AnantaSesaDas
    AnantaSesaDas Day ago

    Sounds like alan watts' message as he narrates the computer game "everything".

  • An artist theory on the physics of 'Time' as a physical process. Quantum Atom Theory

    This is an invitation to see a theory on the nature of time! In this theory we have an emergent uncertain future continuously coming into existence relative to the spontaneous absorption and emission of photon energy. Within such a process the wave particle duality of light and matter in the form of electrons is forming a blank canvas that we can interact with forming the possible into the actual! The future is unfolding with each photon electron coupling or dipole moment relative to the atoms of the periodic table and the individual wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum. As part of a universal process of energy exchange that forms the ever changing world of our everyday life the ‘past’ has gone forever. At the smallest scale of this process the ‘past’ is represented by anti-matter annihilation with the symmetry between matter and anti-matter representing the symmetry between the future and the past as the future unfolds photon by photon. In such a theory the mathematics of quantum mechanics represents the physics of ‘time’ with the classical physics of Newton representing processes over a period of time, as in Newton’s differential equations. In my videos I explain how this process is relative to temperature and the phase changes of matter.

  • DoctorScrimguard
    DoctorScrimguard 2 days ago

    What if people spontaneously died and came back to life? How would this change society?

  • Xed
    Xed 2 days ago

    Yoshida Saki did nothing wrong

  • Kiefer Narwandi
    Kiefer Narwandi 2 days ago

    How do you animate this?

  • nothing k
    nothing k 2 days ago

    We all could be an ant colony, for all I know.

  • Planetary Channel
    Planetary Channel 3 days ago

    Emergence applies everywhere
    Atoms may be stupendously small,but a huge,huge,huge,huge,huge,huge,huge quantity of them makes you.
    Bacteriophages look stupid from a bigger bacteria,but it is capable of killing it because it can reproduce in that bacteria
    Monkeys (Humans Included) may be stupid,But together they can make civilizations and the internet.
    Trees don't have communication systems,but in some periods they can cooperate to prevent their species getting eaten by squirrels.
    A single fusion reactor doesn't produce enough energy to be used by a civilization for 1 quadrillion years,but create looooooooots of them and use them one by one and you could theoretically power your civilization for almost 1 quadrillion years.
    Black holes are small once just created after a supernova,But lots of them could create a supermassive black hole
    A civilization on it's own is stupid from a perspective,but lots of civilizations cooperating with one another could create a superintelligent civilization
    A country on it's own is stupid,but more of them creates organizations like the EU
    That's Emergence - In a Nutshell

  • Frankie Paolo
    Frankie Paolo 3 days ago

    This channel is just so damn good :O

  • Guilherme Carvalho Peppe

    Holism explained

  • Antoñito Tornay
    Antoñito Tornay 4 days ago

    Your videos are way too incredible. Finding this kind of information for free is just unbelievable, keep it up, what you do is just amazing.

  • yunus emre
    yunus emre 4 days ago

    bir karınca neden aptal oluyor anlamadım bu yaklaşım doğru değil

  • LikeDaBoss
    LikeDaBoss 4 days ago

    I need this...

  • Arykle
    Arykle 4 days ago

    exactly this is why Africa is actually smart grouped together wait nevermind LOL

  • magikarp
    magikarp 5 days ago

    you use the word "things " too much

  • pancho andrades
    pancho andrades 5 days ago

    What do you think about Dark matter? Can the difference between the theoretical velocity of the galaxies and the practical one be just an emergence phenomena of the system that is the galaxy itself? (Teoria General de Sistemas (TGS)). Meaning that we just dont fully understand how gravity works on a big scale?
    Sorry for the english, i would love a response.

  • Trentelenten
    Trentelenten 5 days ago

    Since you said here that a single water molecule isn't wet but when some join they become wet can you explain of water actually is wet or not.

  • Sun Young Lee
    Sun Young Lee 5 days ago

    Ants are stupid but smart together. Like Voltron. Voltron is where five robot lions combine together.

  • qwerty417
    qwerty417 5 days ago +1

    *_an ant is pretty stupid_*

  • my channel
    my channel 5 days ago

    So maybe we are just like ants and "god" is just a human watching us it's really depressing

  • Franco Redstone
    Franco Redstone 6 days ago

    I don't need to become a patron, I needo to become a neutron

  • tamer ursavas
    tamer ursavas 6 days ago


  • Meryem Özd
    Meryem Özd 6 days ago

    There is a god. Absolutely.

  • flogyston
    flogyston 7 days ago

    I like the human way. A small group becoming smarter together and then slowly spreading it it out with swords.

  • C Bohnstedt
    C Bohnstedt 7 days ago


  • Alex 0474
    Alex 0474 7 days ago +1

    Look! It’s ma boi *berd!*

  • Ryan Caloyannis
    Ryan Caloyannis 7 days ago

    Well there's a whole community of flat earthers now but they're everything but smart :/
    Same thing for religious people.... Just sayin'.

  • Isabelle C
    Isabelle C 8 days ago

    Lmfao the stupidity of a single ant is funny

  • Ondra English
    Ondra English 8 days ago +1

    4chan is one of the best examples of emergence, alone, they are weak, somewhat normal humans.
    Together they have located, bombed ISIS and a Syrian camp.

  • Enlightened Dystopian

    Actually, according to the UN a nation:
    1. Must have a defined population
    2. Must have a defined administration/government
    3. Must have the capacity to interact with other nations
    That's what a nation is.

  • Patrick Herz
    Patrick Herz 8 days ago

    Dna as we know ist is the will of life against the dead universe.
    The way to survive in nothing end everything

  • Daniel Alpeyev
    Daniel Alpeyev 9 days ago

    Imagine completely different intelligent life forms originating from different places interacting with each other properly and forming yet a whole other new thing.

  • Porter Hall
    Porter Hall 9 days ago

    He said "complex and complicated"

  • Thunderfoot 40
    Thunderfoot 40 9 days ago

    The only video of theirs that is not depressing.

  • Utkarsh Nagar
    Utkarsh Nagar 9 days ago

    Why the heck would people dislike this?

  • Anton Jones
    Anton Jones 9 days ago

    i am so prideful for this channel before in 2013 was slow and boring videos now its fast and fun videos :D

  • Alex G.
    Alex G. 10 days ago +1

    "How stupid things become smart together"... I wonder how smart things get stupid together...

  • OriginalRice
    OriginalRice 10 days ago +1

    Me and my friends are smart together? Highly doubt it.

  • Pretentious Arrogance
    Pretentious Arrogance 10 days ago

    I just love the way he says "An ant is pretty stupid."

  • Mr. Miscellaneous
    Mr. Miscellaneous 10 days ago

    Nah, I think the most beautiful property of the universe is the simple fact that it somehow exists.

  • Montana Mike
    Montana Mike 11 days ago

    Lol humans are dumb beings but in numbers, accomplish great feats. Lol we are the ants....

  • APhantomUniverse
    APhantomUniverse 11 days ago +1

    What if all humans somehow combined to form some sort of all-powerful being?

  • Mike Fluff
    Mike Fluff 11 days ago

    Now we just need to ask this in reverse;
    How can a lot of smart things make stupid things?

  • ScyberSquall
    ScyberSquall 11 days ago

    "Is our consciousness then an emergent property? This question is too big AND important (it deserves a video of its own)." Seriously? They say this is 7/10 videos.

  • F G
    F G 11 days ago

    10000th comment

  • Billy Sooner
    Billy Sooner 12 days ago

    This is also the underlying reason for delegation of responsibility: When you have to micro manage everything for yourself, you waste time. But if others help you, you do it faster.

  • Neco
    Neco 12 days ago

    the theory "stupid things become smart together" goes against anything group projects taught me tho...

  • joenomegalo
    joenomegalo 12 days ago


  • Xiao Huan
    Xiao Huan 13 days ago


  • A Watcher
    A Watcher 13 days ago

    I wish life was simpler...

  • A Watcher
    A Watcher 13 days ago

    So Water isn't wet?

  • A Watcher
    A Watcher 13 days ago

    Just like a lot of smart people can make smarter things(or dumber)

  • 강지성
    강지성 13 days ago

    Isn',t it cells to tissue then organs?

  • 강지성
    강지성 13 days ago

    Isn',t it cells to tissue then organs?

  • Emangel x
    Emangel x 13 days ago


  • PApalapa Papalapa
    PApalapa Papalapa 14 days ago

    This is really my favourite channel on YT!

  • Shaza Mursal
    Shaza Mursal 14 days ago

    The first thing i thought of when he started talking about nations was Hetalia

  • Muhamad Nafis Jamil
    Muhamad Nafis Jamil 14 days ago

    Stupid points and lines, colored and choreographed by artistic timing becomes a complex video on USclip.

  • Simula
    Simula 14 days ago

    oh no, theres too many videos been uploaded that i cant keep up

  • harry pottermore
    harry pottermore 14 days ago


  • Song YEE
    Song YEE 15 days ago

    You don't lol

  • Jonathan Barboza
    Jonathan Barboza 15 days ago

    I've always asked the opposite. "How can a bunch of smart things do stupid things together?" i.e. humans

  • Jaktion
    Jaktion 17 days ago

    For example: A human is 1, so the ant is 0.01 = all living things are above zero
    So non-living things are 0

  • Abrahan Pinedo
    Abrahan Pinedo 17 days ago

    Beautiful video, it is just like Carl Sagan said. We are the way for the cosmos to know itself.

  • Jade Damboise Rail
    Jade Damboise Rail 17 days ago

    It's too bad it is the oposite when it comes to mob mentality.

  • Smruti Dash
    Smruti Dash 17 days ago

    Leaderless group

  • LudicrousTuber
    LudicrousTuber 18 days ago

    not very smart though cant win a solo fortnite

  • LudicrousTuber
    LudicrousTuber 18 days ago

    i dont get why 1.5 dont like this its got cool animations and gives it in a quick explanation

  • Enhorn
    Enhorn 18 days ago

    "Of once they are" that's a strange assertive thing to say after proclamation momething abstract ant completely made up.

  • Genocide Frisk
    Genocide Frisk 18 days ago

    Imagine a girl pulls out her face, showing her brain and eyes, and then puts it back and pretending nothing ever happened
    that would be scary as hell xD

    THE TNT MINECART 18 days ago

    in our class all r stupid. but when they work together they r even more stupid. lol

  • AverageInternetUser
    AverageInternetUser 18 days ago


  • Cherry Doll
    Cherry Doll 19 days ago

    *The first thing I hear:* "An Ant is pretty stupid."

  • Edward Marasigan
    Edward Marasigan 19 days ago


  • Justin Why?
    Justin Why? 19 days ago

    Very cool emergence, very cool.

  • KJR 43
    KJR 43 20 days ago

    An ant is pretty stupid.

  • Stefanus Nishikata Simamora

    Rip Saki Yoshida

  • Shindinder
    Shindinder 21 day ago

    What IS a galaxy? is it the stars? the area it generally occupies? the dust clouds in the area? the light it emits? or something else?

  • Joseph Paterson
    Joseph Paterson 21 day ago

    Water is not wet.

  • Selachimorpha
    Selachimorpha 21 day ago

    If only stupid things become smarter in school group projects as well.. If anything, our intelligence decays exponentially when dumb people unite lel

  • Tim Kemna
    Tim Kemna 21 day ago +1

    Humans are stupid humanity is smart

  • DeD_Meemz
    DeD_Meemz 21 day ago

    Fart society

  • Pyrus
    Pyrus 21 day ago


  • King of Pie
    King of Pie 22 days ago

    Are ideologies sentient unto themselves in this case?
    Or better yet, the collective of people on the internet? Does this make an intelligence in the way that communicating brain cells are intelligent? The words on this generate an effect in someone else's mind that makes them communicate with others which generates a "thought" in this greater being. It wouldn't be psychic or exist outside of us because it wouldn't need to.
    Just a thought.

  • Lukas Bourne
    Lukas Bourne 22 days ago

    Emergence occurs because of spontaneous symmetry breaking

  • Jack David Daniel
    Jack David Daniel 22 days ago


  • Clyde Cloud
    Clyde Cloud 23 days ago

    This kind of explains and explore the ideas of Pantheism, that the whole universe in it's complexity and god is basicly the same thing. Awesome!

  • Troy
    Troy 23 days ago

    I can’t stop watching this

  • Edgbarra
    Edgbarra 23 days ago

    I'm amaized by your work. I'm really thankful for the existence of your channel. You must be really proud of your job and its creations :)

  • Tibblebro
    Tibblebro 23 days ago +1

    nations are big enough places to defend themselves and have a flag.

  • Kaming Lau
    Kaming Lau 23 days ago

    This is the only Kurzgesagt video that does not involve dying

  • Linh Hoàng
    Linh Hoàng 23 days ago

    So even if a bunch of stupid Garies combined together, they can become a smart society one day ?
    GARY !

  • Ronald Campos
    Ronald Campos 24 days ago

    The best channel in the world

  • Christyandi K
    Christyandi K 24 days ago

    ShindoL: Emergence

  • S Dude
    S Dude 25 days ago

    ... Societies form the Ecosystem, The ecosystem forms earth, the planets forms the sun system, the sun systems form the galaxies, the galaxies form the superclusters, the superclusters form w/e, etc. Maybe universes are part of something much bigger like some superlifeform with really complex forms of communication going on. I mean, isn't consciousness the product of complexity? Considering that atoms can only form limited compounds, planets are much more individual than structures of molecules, which in combination with unlimited other planets would form a supercomplex system, giving rise to some much bigger consciousness.

  • Xavier Allred
    Xavier Allred 26 days ago +15

    Emergence is like synergy from video games. It comes from the fact that each thing can interact with other simple things, and if you get more of them together more things can interact and that produces new possibilities, complexity. Like when in a card game a bunch of soldiers are just basic units that have 3 properties, but combined with the other properties of other cards, like soldier captains that buff nearby units, then suddenly it’s not just a bunch of stats, there is strategy, complexity. Often the universe works like programming, and video games are essentially world simulators, so I think the complexity arises from the same place, simple parts can produce a new thing when they interact, and the universe is full of simple things that interact, and so we are what emerged. Like 1+1=2, 2 simple things interact to make a new thing, the thing can then interact by being added to another 1 or 2 to get more numbers, etc. if things interact, even simple things, they change, they form a different thing, and that process continues, creating all the different things, complexity.

    • mansuy adrien
      mansuy adrien 18 days ago +4

      Take the simplest example of this: the game of life. A simple program that puts "cells" on a 2D grid, and does 2 things
      A dead cell (empty grid) that is surrounded by 2 or 3 cells becomes alive. If a live cell has more or less than 2 or 3 neighbors, the cell dies. From these very simple rules entire colonies of cells emerge, grow, shift, move and disappear. Some structures move around, some evolve to become stable in time, others, perpetually creating and sending new pockets of live cells around. From 2 simple rules we created a simulation that shockingly resemble how a bacteria colony works.

    • King of Pie
      King of Pie 22 days ago +4

      That was oddly poetic. I enjoyed that.

  • Temmo Rijken
    Temmo Rijken 26 days ago

    At the end, everything finds balance on it's own

  • Ben Herebefore
    Ben Herebefore 26 days ago

    I used to think that I got smart from emergence. But no. The change from my IQ of 100 to 140 - 160 was from your videos, Kurzgesagt.

  • Bot Prophet
    Bot Prophet 27 days ago

    Perhaps are galaxies are just the cells inside a much larger creature.

  • Chan
    Chan 27 days ago

    It's a beautiful concept