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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  • Ivan Gutierrez
    Ivan Gutierrez Day ago

    So humans?

  • nugnug635
    nugnug635 Day ago

    going to school negates emergence

  • Andy Lun
    Andy Lun 2 days ago


  • Chat
    Chat 2 days ago

    Today I learned that ants are *STUPID*

  • Oliver Chu
    Oliver Chu 2 days ago

    who create these rules

  • desmond church
    desmond church 2 days ago +1

    Hey Kurzgesagt. What resulted from the jump in complexity from single cellular to multi cellular organisms count as emergence? Also could that have been a great filter?

  • SneakingMOUSE
    SneakingMOUSE 2 days ago

    Everything is intelligent. Commonly argued opinion.

  • Justin Thompson
    Justin Thompson 2 days ago

    My ex once said, "Why is water wet?" "Because it's water," apparently wasn't the appropriate response.

  • Jemz Peifixy
    Jemz Peifixy 3 days ago


  • Sad Boi
    Sad Boi 3 days ago +1

    Because 2 heads are better then one!

    did anyone get the refrence

  • josiah brown
    josiah brown 3 days ago


  • Lube and Bleach
    Lube and Bleach 3 days ago

    Your videos are too good

  • Tom Ward
    Tom Ward 4 days ago

    Fuck you dick head ants are smarter then you

  • FFenix
    FFenix 4 days ago

    “this phenomenon is called 177013.”

  • bubblegum
    bubblegum 4 days ago

    emergence, 177013

  • Master Gecko 117
    Master Gecko 117 4 days ago

    Please make a video about consciousness

  • Shreerang Vaidya
    Shreerang Vaidya 4 days ago +5

    The comments section is the opposite of emergence.

  • hyou zan ren
    hyou zan ren 5 days ago

    This is basicly a succesfull Socialism at the purest form right?.... I wonder is theres any successfull Capitalism at the purest form in the nature?

  • An Ant
    An Ant 5 days ago

    That was uncalled for..

  • Jason Taylor
    Jason Taylor 5 days ago

    Ant: sees a job needs to be done ; just does it.
    Me: I like this guy :)

  • Anas Al-ameen
    Anas Al-ameen 5 days ago

    I can't believe Wikipedia has this listed as a reference in its emergence article. Your channel has become so unbelievablly influential

  • Askformoreinfo whichyouwontget

    Best proof that this theory works: Just look at humanity - all idiots, still didn't blow our selves up, made some progress meanwhile. But still idiots. And I'm sure, no matter how smart we get as a species, we'll remain idiots.

  • Tran Minh Ngoc
    Tran Minh Ngoc 5 days ago

    Can a wet thing be a dry thing?

  • booozz z
    booozz z 5 days ago

    You guys are awesome

  • José Ángel Martínez Navarro

    Göedel, Escher & Bach?

  • a lemon
    a lemon 6 days ago


  • Anthony Acero
    Anthony Acero 6 days ago

    They only made this video to say that water is not wet

  • bob egg
    bob egg 6 days ago


  • Jon Decker
    Jon Decker 6 days ago

    4:37 “Our cells spit on each other in order to goad one another to perform the bodily functions that keep us alive”

  • Marina Pereira
    Marina Pereira 6 days ago

    meu deus do ceu do caralho dms

  • iMafia Gaming
    iMafia Gaming 6 days ago +1

    One code to remember:

  • hij
    hij 6 days ago

    Complexity and simplicity are just human words. The nature just is. It doesn't "care" if it is simple or complex since those terms do not really exist outside our heads.

  • francis von stackelberg

    I love how beautiful these videos are. Think about how the individual parts; the science, the knowledge, the art and design, the music, the narration ... all of them are more or less enjoyable on their own, but together it truly creates this feeling of amazement and wonder when put together. Emergence experienced :)

  • SevenDeMagnus
    SevenDeMagnus 8 days ago

    Hi. Not sure about this. It seems to only apply to animals, not humans. Society is not made of babies but by intelligent adults who built the tech and philosophies for those societies. Cool thought provoking channel though.
    God bless, Proverbs 31

  • SevenDeMagnus
    SevenDeMagnus 8 days ago

    In short it's: Naruto or Voltes V.

  • theBIGraphical
    theBIGraphical 9 days ago

    Now I know why my teachers used to say to me and my friends that you are too smart.

  • Viper CRB
    Viper CRB 9 days ago

    Smart things become stupid together:

  • Gabrielle Warburton
    Gabrielle Warburton 9 days ago

    How can it be everywhere when we have people like flat earthers and anti vaxers ? Am sorry but one is stupid and a group of them is dumber than my cat on cat nip

  • This Skrub
    This Skrub 9 days ago

    Water are wet
    Change my mind

  • Lovina Vargas
    Lovina Vargas 10 days ago

    Well but why are these idiots in school together even more dumb then?

  • WaveShineStudio5
    WaveShineStudio5 10 days ago

    I don’t know about that. A bunch of flat earthers become even more stupid the more of them hang out together.

  • Omendra Singh
    Omendra Singh 11 days ago

    Smart things kept between stupids tends to become stupid themselves ... Vice versa is rare

  • IG Mainmikee
    IG Mainmikee 12 days ago

    So what your saying is water is wet 🤔

  • Andrew Ryan
    Andrew Ryan 12 days ago

    Emergence is in computers

  • Tariq Rahim
    Tariq Rahim 12 days ago

    Wow this is a super interesting property of the universe. Also nice music

  • Criv Qeynos
    Criv Qeynos 15 days ago

    That was rude to say to an ant 🐜

  • sidhant srivastava
    sidhant srivastava 15 days ago

    5:04 Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!

  • Liwon Hu
    Liwon Hu 15 days ago

    Wait so war is smart

  • DoctorMandible
    DoctorMandible 15 days ago

    This is also foundational to classical liberal (aka libertarian) philosophy.

  • Marvin Schenker
    Marvin Schenker 15 days ago

    7:04 beautiful soundtrack :)

  • MarkisTG
    MarkisTG 15 days ago

    Well I'd argue some humans put together are really stupid... Such as the flat Earth society.

  • okonomiyakibancho
    okonomiyakibancho 16 days ago

    Our world is fractal structure.

  • JN Baker
    JN Baker 16 days ago

    a nation is just an archimedes ship of people, culture, institutions, cities, and borders

  • Shrekha
    Shrekha 16 days ago


  • Mother Russia
    Mother Russia 16 days ago

    Why is no one talking about that soundtrack? It is amazing

  • puffin juice
    puffin juice 16 days ago

    one word: humans

  • Richboi
    Richboi 16 days ago


  • Richboi
    Richboi 16 days ago


  • EPiphany
    EPiphany 18 days ago

    So what you are saying is that water isn’t wet?

  • Mala Milania
    Mala Milania 18 days ago

    Wait. This is.


  • Christino Sim
    Christino Sim 20 days ago +2

    Also known as synergy

  • Ahmad Raihan
    Ahmad Raihan 21 day ago

    And thats my friend, why Islam through Quran answered it all, God said "I do not create human and jin except for praying to me"

  • captain gamerex
    captain gamerex 21 day ago

    devilman confirmed

  • Danny Kosmo
    Danny Kosmo 22 days ago


  • Saivinay Pavanan
    Saivinay Pavanan 22 days ago

    These videos are really beautiful

  • o0XxDudexX0o
    o0XxDudexX0o 22 days ago


  • Vfdking
    Vfdking 22 days ago

    This is a ode to capitalism/free economy. No central system can model the brilliant complexities of individuals intermingling with each other freely.

  • Jacob Space
    Jacob Space 23 days ago

    OMG the subtitles lol

  • yacine aouimeur
    yacine aouimeur 23 days ago +1

    The key of emergence is communication. In other words, communication is intelligent life.

  • Khada Jhin
    Khada Jhin 23 days ago


  • Ian McQuestionable
    Ian McQuestionable 23 days ago


  • Ciel Michaelis
    Ciel Michaelis 24 days ago

    So that's why ants 'bump' into each other!!! *Mind blown*

  • uniikkiz
    uniikkiz 24 days ago +2

    Great example of this is the device you use to watch this.

  • belens01
    belens01 24 days ago

    So Water IS wet

  • Robby Frith
    Robby Frith 25 days ago

    has anyone noticed the large amount of birds in their video

  • Byte Me
    Byte Me 25 days ago

    It hasn't made the DemocRat party any less stupid.

  • เมธาสิทธิ์ พุ่มสําเภา

    *Me convincing my friends that we can finish this group project*

  • Abu S
    Abu S 26 days ago

    So I‘m actually stupid 🤔

  • laimonas šileika
    laimonas šileika 26 days ago

    I love how well the intro fits with the concept.

  • Roworld1
    Roworld1 27 days ago +1

    When the woman with a Mustache removed her face I was like holy hell wtf? I didn't hear anything else he said until she put her face back on.... lol

  • Diana Tolentino
    Diana Tolentino 27 days ago

    A different emergence came into my mind when I saw the thumbnail.

  • Hikingplane0
    Hikingplane0 27 days ago

    5:45 the stars at night, are big an bright 👏 👏 👏

  • Zenothys
    Zenothys 27 days ago

    evolution / symmetry = change via internal variety
    equilibrium / saturation = can no longer change or vary
    emergence / senescence = change from saturated equilibrium

  • The Valhein
    The Valhein 28 days ago

    They should make game about ants

  • The Crude Lab
    The Crude Lab 28 days ago

    i like the acid rain referince

    LUK ELECTRIC 29 days ago

    If we will go down to the most fundamental level of space around us (lower than Planck Scale) we will find EMERGENCE of time from most fundamental interactions between pure energy. We see it as a flow of time (arrow of time), but is just an Emergence due to infinite interaction happening on this fundamental level.

  • 7echLife
    7echLife 29 days ago

    So that means if all of us humans are stupid form the very start, that means we get smarter and yet dumber as we progress along with technology...

  • Tally Bee
    Tally Bee Month ago


  • santiago uccella
    santiago uccella Month ago

    Heh, is this a case against centralized control of human activity?

  • Abelhawk
    Abelhawk Month ago


  • Samuel Smith
    Samuel Smith Month ago

    That was scary when that women took her face off

  • madvier _83
    madvier _83 Month ago

    Great Ae bro

  • Gaurav Rana
    Gaurav Rana Month ago +1



  • darkspd31
    darkspd31 Month ago


  • Mike Llerena
    Mike Llerena Month ago +1

    This explains the Republican party.

  • A VERY horny Mr.Dinosaur

    answer: *watch alot of rick and morty*

  • cylon74
    cylon74 Month ago

    Sending love to one in all.

    But not u chomos, rapists, murderers, sodomizers, women beaters, child abusers!!! Dead beat dads, drug addicted moms n pas n grams n grampop n uncs n cuzz n so on n so fourth........

  • Gnerdeek
    Gnerdeek Month ago

    So glad I found this in my recommended, so that I didn't have to have it in my search history...