Emergence - How Stupid Things Become Smart Together

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  • 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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  • Ace no.1
    Ace no.1 Day ago

    I love the music!!!

  • Root Sharp
    Root Sharp 2 days ago

    so basically we are collective creatures. It's just our decision looks and sounds like a one voice. Because even vocal cords in a limited timeline sounds like a whole but it's actually becomes a sound with small, momentarily noises. Thank you Kurzgesagt team. You make a new and better world.

  • Vic Billet
    Vic Billet 2 days ago +1

    Wishiwashi, use emergence!
    Wishiwashi transformed into its school form!

  • ftyjh 45y7
    ftyjh 45y7 3 days ago +1

    "A bunch of stupid things working together to do smart things" - Ants.
    "A bunch of smart things working separately to do stupid things" - ???

  • PresidentWordSalad
    PresidentWordSalad 3 days ago +1

    "How Stupid Things Become Smart Together." When Fox News enters the picture, the reverse of Emergence occurs.

  • Johannes H
    Johannes H 3 days ago +1

    I thought this would be about a machine intelligence emerging in the internet, but that's because I just read a book about that.

  • AceofApples
    AceofApples 4 days ago

    some anti-vaxxer will use this now :(

  • Apple Sud
    Apple Sud 4 days ago +3

    Next episode: *How smart things become stupid together!* _The story of humanity_

  • Dot
    Dot 4 days ago

    How Stupid Things Become Smart Together
    sounds like the the motto of auschwitz

  • Wasteland Charlie
    Wasteland Charlie 4 days ago +1

    1.8k dislikes are from ants

  • Rainbow Chan
    Rainbow Chan 4 days ago

    This like civilization

  • S
    S 4 days ago +1

    If the accumulation of the stupidest (or simplest) functional thing can make something conscious and wonderful, then what would an accumulation of the simplest functional thing amongst the universe make? Maybe we are inside something that is conscious and wondrous.

  • Ethan Mulder
    Ethan Mulder 5 days ago

    Antscanada fans unite!

  • LifeSucksMan
    LifeSucksMan 5 days ago

    Ooooooh so the fish isnt wet

  • Shashank Gawali
    Shashank Gawali 5 days ago

    I just love the OUTRO song

  • Kawaiisablle
    Kawaiisablle 5 days ago


  • Gregor Coetzee
    Gregor Coetzee 5 days ago

    This is what happened with the Uganda Knuckles tribe. On their own they were weak... Together they formed the greatest civilization known to contemporary man.

  • N'anime Astrophile
    N'anime Astrophile 6 days ago

    I m made up of stupid stuff😂

  • lord Frieza
    lord Frieza 6 days ago

    I feel like some dumb creationists in the comment section are going to have a problem with this lol.

  • Kizmoos
    Kizmoos 7 days ago

    I love the intro “an ant is pretty stupid”

  • Stanley Chang
    Stanley Chang 7 days ago

    except for humans. " A person is smart; people are dumb." - agent K in Men In Black

  • Sudeep Ambati
    Sudeep Ambati 8 days ago

    This is my favorite video of the channel.

  • Henry Hughey
    Henry Hughey 8 days ago

    Im a communist now, thanks Kurzgesagt SMH

  • Aliyah Abrahams
    Aliyah Abrahams 10 days ago +1

    “... than the pretty stupid apes they emerged from.”

  • Ragib mahfuz
    Ragib mahfuz 10 days ago

    I think too much smart things will start to become stupid and with prof we are human and we believe that the earth is flat and vaccines are daungourus

  • SamraK64
    SamraK64 10 days ago

    I'd say a quite simple answer is natural selection. In any melting pot with random encounters between elements, systems will randomly emerge, and even if the probability of a huge complex system emerging randomly is negligeable, with a big enough world and enough time the systems that do stabilize and maintain their existence will remain, while the rest of the pot will keep on randomly mixing. I think it explains quite well how life -> conscious life emerged, but also complex societies that are more and more intricate, planets, star systems, cloud types, hurricanes, whatever

  • Devansh Tyagi
    Devansh Tyagi 11 days ago


  • Nate Simmons
    Nate Simmons 11 days ago

    so human emergence destroys their environment and each other. Brilliant!

  • 꿈의바다
    꿈의바다 12 days ago

    This is like opposite of human. We are individually very smart but when we become a pack we become stupid.

  • omed wahidi
    omed wahidi 12 days ago


  • A. Hamdani
    A. Hamdani 13 days ago

    So if I and my friends gathered to pickup a heavy object, is that considered as “Emergence”?

  • mjproebstle
    mjproebstle 13 days ago

    i feel stupid, and contageous

  • Vitor Hugo Paiva de Sousa

    Hello, kurzgesagt! Where can we find sources about the content of this video?

  • Singularity
    Singularity 13 days ago

    Who the heck dislikes these videos? What's their agenda? Did they succumb to existential crisis? Or are they religious nutjobs who find the content in these videos offensive to their beliefs? A mystery we'll never know.

  • music4lifex3
    music4lifex3 13 days ago

    What are some of the sources on this research? Not disputing the content, I'm writing about the subject and am looking for literature.

  • Antoine Marie
    Antoine Marie 13 days ago

    So water is wet?

  • Saurav Pal
    Saurav Pal 13 days ago

    This DOES NOT happen during my college group projects

  • Rahul Tandel
    Rahul Tandel 13 days ago

    So when the ants change their jobs does their chemical secretions also change to identify themselves according to their new jobs?

  • Hello sir
    Hello sir 14 days ago +1

    *two heads are better than one*

  • Book Beard
    Book Beard 14 days ago

    How about Part 2? Groupthink: How Smart Things Become Stupid Together

  • Dylan L.
    Dylan L. 16 days ago

    Are we even exist or just another cog in the system??

  • Coconut Jam
    Coconut Jam 16 days ago

    Water is wet

  • Anti Venom
    Anti Venom 16 days ago +1

    what will happen if we detonate a hydrogen bomb in jupiter pls make a video on this

  • Juju
    Juju 16 days ago

    all i can think of is 177013

  • Robot Rabbit
    Robot Rabbit 17 days ago

    Complexity through simplicity.

  • Michael Rossi
    Michael Rossi 17 days ago

    We live in such a cool universe.

  • wulphstein
    wulphstein 17 days ago

    Consciousness is a better answer. Consciousness cares about what's happening. Consciousness can flout the rules when necessary.

  • wulphstein
    wulphstein 17 days ago

    Ants are smart enough to run away when a thumb shows up.

  • alexis
    alexis 17 days ago

    Im not sure if the title is giving me deja vu or ptsd

  • Nexus
    Nexus 17 days ago

    @2:03 wait so what do societies form?

  • Alekz GS4
    Alekz GS4 17 days ago

    🐜⁉I stayed waiting the explanation how ants become smart together, that explanation about switching rolls doesn't explaine anything by itself

  • Denice Tiozon
    Denice Tiozon 17 days ago

    Can emergence happen in like dust to meteriod to dwarf to proto planets to planets to ice giant to gas giant to sub brown dwarf to brown dwarf to red dwarf to sun to blue stars to red giant to blue giant to super giants to the two hyper giants to black hole

  • Dartayan The Decay Wolf Changeling WildCraft

    3:50 dosent anybody see a donut?

  • CJ
    CJ 18 days ago

    the youtube stoner appears at exactly 4:20 u nerds are sophisticated

  • 4c1dr3fl3x
    4c1dr3fl3x 18 days ago

    Brexit & 2016 US Election.

  • Ciccio Pasticcio
    Ciccio Pasticcio 18 days ago

    This is dialectic materialism, you discovered something Marxism theorized 150 years ago.

  • Briayant Herrera
    Briayant Herrera 18 days ago

    Oh my f**king god

  • Baihaki
    Baihaki 18 days ago

    things get crazy if someone tell god exist to atheists

  • adwait naravane
    adwait naravane 18 days ago +7

    An Orwellian ant society is the best way to become an intergalactic civilization

  • Kade Belanger
    Kade Belanger 18 days ago

    Wow you guys really cranking out videos lately

  • Carvalho
    Carvalho 19 days ago

    That's quite philosophical. Every single creature is constantly modeling every other creature it interacts with, and the sum of all those interactions results in its actions, choices, and behaviors. That means that we are changing every second with each interaction, and also changing the world around us as well. That's nuts.

  • trey
    trey 19 days ago

    Hey what did that ant do to you?

  • Qianbo Yin
    Qianbo Yin 19 days ago

    Is emergency a counter argument to reductionism then? (For example, if we say the wetness of water emerged from interaction of H2O molecules, can we still say that the properties of H2O fully explains the properties of water?)

  • Noob Rekt
    Noob Rekt 20 days ago

    5:04 is terrifying

  • Arturo Pastor
    Arturo Pastor 20 days ago

    nice shinDOL reference lol

  • Feather Tail
    Feather Tail 20 days ago

    Y’all should make a documentary

  • Meg Shay
    Meg Shay 20 days ago

    Like trees talking to each other

  • Patrick Star
    Patrick Star 20 days ago +11

    soooo, if there were 20 of me, i would be one of the smartest people in spongebob??

    • potato
      potato 9 days ago

      But you are the smartest person in spongebo-Wait are those assassins on the roof?
      I better check it out. I'll tell you how it goes...

    • __Becklightningpaw__
      __Becklightningpaw__ 15 days ago

      Patrick Star yes

  • One pissed off veteran

    Love these videos! Gotta hit the plant first.

  • Pappaperc
    Pappaperc 20 days ago +4

    Damn. I once said ”The idea of God describes that which stimulates the emergence of order through chaos.”
    It firs this video pretty good.

  • coolx300
    coolx300 21 day ago

    If stupid things become smart together, does that mean smart things make stupid together

  • aposslex
    aposslex 21 day ago

    Your videos are amazing. They should be shown in schools and to adults the world over

  • Muhammed Sillah
    Muhammed Sillah 22 days ago

    Lol this video just gave me the basis for my argument that water is wet. Vindication!!

  • Anand Mohanaveeramani
    Anand Mohanaveeramani 22 days ago

    "An ant is pretty stupid" really??!

  • Zenothys
    Zenothys 22 days ago +3

    4:51 - _Evidence for the non-existence of God, the possible way a universe could have recursively created itself and its own properties_

    • Zenothys
      Zenothys 13 days ago +1

      +CJ Thank goodness those building blocks were stacked so precariously

    • CJ
      CJ 18 days ago +1

      don't need evidence homeboy existence is an accident plain n simple

  • Subramani P
    Subramani P 23 days ago

    I think Religions are just the by product of emergence , before we create communities and nations. Even though that's bull shit and not required now. I wonder why these stupid religions even exist. Why the people are so dumb to believe in gods and Religions no mater how well they are educated. Kurzgesat please explain why we can't rid of this bull shit even though all of us know there is no use in following.


    just realizing how big the universe's problem compared to mine

  • Kalia Shot
    Kalia Shot 24 days ago

    There endings are always so hopeful

  • Thé Au Lait
    Thé Au Lait 24 days ago +2

    05:08 not being hypercritical but the APs start from the axon hillock; thus the direction should be "dendrites to axon"

  • Im a Packers Fan
    Im a Packers Fan 25 days ago

    That’s funny cause it seems the more people are connected by the internet the stupider we are🤷‍♂️

  • Stephen Chow
    Stephen Chow 26 days ago

    4:10- Yup, Kurgesagt sure does have remarkable capacities :D

  • Mr Professor Doctor
    Mr Professor Doctor 26 days ago

    When there’s more than one molecule, water is wet!

  • Supah lit stuff BOOYAH
    Supah lit stuff BOOYAH 27 days ago +1

    At 5:50
    The show: The territory it occupies
    *british anthem starts to play

  • tai lopez
    tai lopez 28 days ago


  • yong lau
    yong lau 28 days ago +1

    Easy. (- 2 )x (-2)=+4

  • Colonel.Crockett
    Colonel.Crockett Month ago +161

    When the entire class works together to cheat on an exam.

    • Guardian :]
      Guardian :] 10 days ago +8

      No they were stupid but together they are smart

    • Daniel H
      Daniel H 11 days ago +1

      so they work together to still be stupid?

  • Drudley
    Drudley Month ago

    Still waiting for the emergence of consciousness video.

  • decod decod
    decod decod Month ago

    1:46 you had the chance to do the intro and you didnt take it...

  • Sean Gonzalez
    Sean Gonzalez Month ago

    I was expecting some exploration of the math behind emergence, such as frequency coupling from loosely coupled oscillators. Hoping you get into it more next time!

  • Jayant Sarkar
    Jayant Sarkar Month ago

    5:00 that is the most disturbing thing I have seen all day

  • K I
    K I Month ago

    In Finland we have a saying: "Joukossa tyhmyys tiivistyy." - "Stupidity condenses in a crowd". So, an exemption to the rule, a stupid Finn becomes even more stupid when together with more Finns.

    • Student
      Student 23 days ago

      How do you say that

  • Pyro Maniac
    Pyro Maniac Month ago

    that makes so much sense as to why people are capable of taking cells and creating complex body parts with them, the cells do all the work themselves.

  • francisco aguilar
    francisco aguilar Month ago

    So that's how the Kardashians did it

  • Rundown Galaxy
    Rundown Galaxy Month ago +1

    2:10 does it work with bedrooms?

  • Alex Gale
    Alex Gale Month ago

    I had to study emergence for my BSc in IT....... because you may build the system in parts but it may and will act very differently when all the parts are put together,

  • Justin Y's Stand
    Justin Y's Stand Month ago +9

    Emergence was a great manga!

  • RedTheRed
    RedTheRed Month ago

    How come when I stick with my friends, we're still stupid

  • Shed
    Shed Month ago +3


  • Max Eiting
    Max Eiting Month ago +2

    So what if that means the universe is actually smart?