Why Alien Life Would be our Doom - The Great Filter

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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell  8 months ago +3526

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    • WeTube
      WeTube Day ago

      One Love

    • Georgi Georgiev
      Georgi Georgiev 4 days ago

      @Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell
      Why would it be bad to have diversity? What the hell is your problem with other living stuff. Like I would love to see a form of life that has a different direction of evolution. Like not even having enzymes and proteins but some completely different mechanics. Why do you value our comfort so much you even put it before life itself. You are sounding like a psychotic dictator.

    • War pig
      War pig Month ago

      One people one leader one realm! The only way understood possible

    • Naga sai Vishnu
      Naga sai Vishnu 2 months ago

      How do these guys create such brilliant graphics?Any ideas...

  • D4l4m4r
    D4l4m4r 11 hours ago

    Isnt it far more likely that there is no fix for the distance problem? There is no indication that faster than light travel or communication will ever be possible. Without that it is absolutely impossible to build an empire that stretches beyond a single solar system. Even building colonies would be very, very difficult.
    And there is another thought: The dinosaurs were around for hundreds of millions of years, but never showed any inclination to become more intelligent - maybe the step to intelligent life is really, really rare.

  • Don  Timberman
    Don Timberman 19 hours ago

    The end of humanity is certain. Weather 2000 years or 2000000 years.

  • PeEpO DaNkUs
    PeEpO DaNkUs 22 hours ago

    id like to live in a non-depressing world and we are past it

  • Norbert ?
    Norbert ? 22 hours ago

    Actualy spore.

  • Peter Santos
    Peter Santos Day ago

    What if there’s an infinite filter that loops us back whenever we reaches it and just swipe away all the memories we had

  • Gaming Super
    Gaming Super Day ago

    I think the great filter is inteligence species try to colonize planets before they kill themselves with industries

  • WeTube
    WeTube Day ago +1

    One Love

  • Blossom Serena
    Blossom Serena Day ago

    This theory is based on the assumption that the best way that a species can thrive is by living in a competitive and selfish manner. This idea is fundamentally flawed, because as can be seen, from the way life developed, life had to depend on others. Nature is interconnected and there is a very fragile balance that would make it so that all of nature would perish if only one species lived selfishly and competitively. All of nature is interrelated and depends on each other. I would be happy if there were such a barrier to prevent species from overtaking the universe, and based from what is already known, it almost definitely does exist. The individual is destined to perish when he/she only thinks of themselves.
    Which means that this theory can't disprove the existence of aliens, just the existence of selfish aliens.

  • Kaitlyn Lopez
    Kaitlyn Lopez Day ago

    The aliens just want wifi

  • Ignasi Martí Palet

    If we found live on Mars or a planet in the solar system it won't necessarily mean anything said in the video would happen. Life can still be very difficult to get created. It may just mean that life on Earth came from another place, but that life creation only happened once in all the cases we found on the solar system. Panspermia is still a plausible theory. There are plenty of other hipothetical reasons that would make this video be wrong.

  • Its YZ
    Its YZ 2 days ago

    I have a theory that these videos, cartoon movies and kid shows are mentioning aliens too much so it'd be acceptable on our side and not to create extreme chaos.

  • Ariana Grande
    Ariana Grande 2 days ago +1

    Y’all need to read da bible

  • Shawn Marshall
    Shawn Marshall 2 days ago


  • George Christ
    George Christ 2 days ago

    its because we haven t developed warp drive yet!

  • David Corby
    David Corby 2 days ago

    The rogue nanotech idea freaks me out

  • TheCraftinFluffy
    TheCraftinFluffy 2 days ago

    who says there has to be a filter?

    • MelodicNostalgic
      MelodicNostalgic 2 days ago

      Obviously, Intelligent Life is super rare in our Neighbourhood. That is enough Proof. The reason we know this today is NASA has scanned 5000 of our Nearest Stellar Planets and 50,000 more the coming few years. None of them seem to indicate having any forms of Intelligent Life.

  • TheCraftinFluffy
    TheCraftinFluffy 2 days ago

    our the stars we are looking at are so damn old
    thats why we cant see anything
    anything looking at us also sees nothing

  • Bora Korkmaz
    Bora Korkmaz 2 days ago

    I think we can not find anything because we evaluate this situation with our own references. Maybe we shouldnt think as a human :D i know this was pretty weird

  • Hong Pham
    Hong Pham 2 days ago

    what if there was a friendly being which isn’t more complex than humans from another planet ooooooo

  • Trevor Taylor
    Trevor Taylor 2 days ago

    This is probably my favorite Kurzgesagt vid lol

  • אחלה גבר
    אחלה גבר 3 days ago +1

    He still didn’t explain why it would be so bad to find aliens!

  • Ilkka Vierula
    Ilkka Vierula 3 days ago +1

    Actually the great filter is more likely to be a filter of perception, rather than a filter of existence.
    Imagine a primitive tribe, living deep in the jungle without any idea of existence of the modern world. When they look into the sky and see an airliner flying above them, do they realize it's a huge manmade object carrying people just like them, or do they explain it as some sort of natural, non-human phenomenon of the sky ? If a technological gap of few hundred years could make us unable to recognize technology made by intelligent life, and even by our own species, how could we ever hope to recognize intelligent life with technology that is thousands or even millions of years ahead of us ? If you actually ever saw an alien, would you recognize it as an intelligent lifeform ?
    We are basically looking for little green (or gray) biological creatures who are roughly on the same technological level as us, flying in metal saucers and sending radio transmissions etc. What if, after just few thousands years of technological progress, intelligent life becomes something we cannot even imagine with our current knowledge. Maybe they are creatures of pure information, spreading to dimensions yet to be discovered by us, possibly even breaking free from the chains of spacetime we currently inhabit, exploring whatever lies outside this spacetime.

  • stop it GET SOME HELP

    but maybe they are in 1400

  • Nerdiosity
    Nerdiosity 3 days ago

    This is very possible for mankind to destroy himself. Just take global warming as an example. We are doomed!

  • TanWenler Tanwenler
    TanWenler Tanwenler 3 days ago

    If the filter is ahead of us then run in it then we have 1m more time to evolve

  • ShadeyBladey
    ShadeyBladey 3 days ago

    If aliens came to Earth it would be to eat us and steal our resources, not to crash in the backyard of a Minnesotan corn farmer.

    • MelodicNostalgic
      MelodicNostalgic 2 days ago

      It would be most likely to settle here. Inter-stellar Journeys are once in a Lifetime, That is for sure. They might be perhaps fleeing their Planet to come here to settle, They are in for a surprise !

  • Alice Deathbelle
    Alice Deathbelle 3 days ago

    Nah man, I say bring on the aliens. Fuck people, let them burn 😂

  • Koalas Productions
    Koalas Productions 3 days ago +1

    Communism is the filter
    *Soviet Anthem rolls in*

  • MadeInTokyo
    MadeInTokyo 3 days ago

    Why do i feel depressed now goddammit

  • Slurp Seption
    Slurp Seption 3 days ago

    I believe that it’s ahead of us and the filter is global warming

  • Generic Guy
    Generic Guy 3 days ago +1

    Islam is the 1st great filter

  • Cidah Cidi
    Cidah Cidi 3 days ago

    Being out of toilet paper

    • MelodicNostalgic
      MelodicNostalgic 2 days ago

      Nice Joke, Never used Toilet Paper in my Life.
      From India.

  • sartorian darkstorm
    sartorian darkstorm 3 days ago

    one thing id love to see more of is movies where humans are the more superior species visiting aliens ... we allways get superior aliens invading us why not the other way around... and a movie like avatar is a good examble

  • GBoyz
    GBoyz 3 days ago

    Personally I don’t believe in the great filter, everything is so far apart in the universe that it might take a while to see a galatic civilization or they could be waiting for us advanced enough before they interact with us

  • awatso64
    awatso64 3 days ago

    Or you could just say we haven't seen life with our own technology because the universe is just so fucking huge they're very spaced out.

  • DA P4aper lizard
    DA P4aper lizard 3 days ago

    What if u change filter to hitler?

  • TheRABIDdude
    TheRABIDdude 3 days ago

    *7:30** casual alien pot-head*

  • MNS Hareeswar
    MNS Hareeswar 4 days ago

    @ 0:24 !!! Why the HECK do all these SCIENTIFIC FICTION Resemble an APACOLYPSE in the end. There will be nothing like such until some CRAZY STUPIDS CLAIMING THAT THEY ARE SCIENTISTS AND THAT’S SCIENCE AND THEY THEMSELVES CREATE AN UNWANTED APACOLYPSE😶😡😠🤬. Let’s first have PEACE 🕊on 🌏, before we step into SPACE. -PEACE 🕊🌏

  • Ian Frost
    Ian Frost 4 days ago +1

    Nuke those fucking primate Martians!

  • Jonathan McDaniel
    Jonathan McDaniel 4 days ago

    Okay here is how I feel about this theory, if in fact we are alone in the universe it would be depressing, yet that would equal the fact of us, the humans, are the pinnacle of mortal power in the universe, we would rule over infinity making us essentially gods, though we already are being ruled by the one and true God, and his son Jesus Christ, we would be the most powerful thing in this plane of existence, we would have the infinite universe to explore, and we can create, destroy, decide, and grow until the entire universe is ours, and we could decide to destroy it using the Black Hole Bomb, by placing mirrors around the entire universe's supply of black holes, OR we could decide to colonize every planet, every solar system, and soon the entire universe, but also at the same time, the universe is always expanding, creating more and more planets, so we could just keep expanding and expanding, until we would all just die of for one reason or another, possibly one of the colonies would get pissed of at another and nuke the hell out of them, which would make the friends of the destroyed colony destroy the first attacker, its friends would strike back and so on, resulting in entire species annihilation, or just some natural destruction like a gigantic gamma ray burst, we would all have to die at some point. As for the idea that there is other intelligent life forms out there if we would survive long enough to find another race, there is a strong chance that they will be a war driven species, and try to kill us, and for the fact that if they would try to kill us off, the might be stronger, because not all battles are won, but also we could at some point elect a ruler, right now we will call him President. say... Jeff, we might elect President.Jeff, and we not know that he is a suicidal psychopath, and he might want to kill himself, along with the entire race of humans, so what I am saying is: We will all die out at some point, no matter how powerful we become, as the fact stands that: *All* empires must fall.

  • Marc T
    Marc T 4 days ago

    This is kind of misleading. For example Titan is very likely to contain life forms, however because the ecosystem on Titan would necessarily have to be chemotrophic there wouldn't be much of a competitive advantage for such life forms to become multicellular, and there would also be virtually no advantage to a heterotrophic life form since such a life form wouldn't get very much extra energy by eating its neighbors. Mars more than likely _is_ sterile or at least very close simply for lack of an atmosphere, and even if we did find life under the ice of Europa or some other icy moon such life would face the impenetrable barrier of a hard vacuum and intense radiation if they ever tried to escape their icy ceiling. Not only that but being an aquatic life form is a significant disadvantage when it comes to space travel since water is significantly more massive than air which makes it much more costly in terms of energy to hoist an environment that you could survive in into space.
    Also it's entirely possible or even likely that lifeforms capable of colonizing the galaxy may have some agreement not to interfere with planets that already contain complex lifeforms like ourselves, and that they also have no interest in us at this time due to our insufferable stupidity, arrogance, greed, and general tendency to kill and enslave each other through the excuse of the artificial constructs that we call "governments". I mean seriously if you were an alien what would you think about the current conflicts on this planet between SJW socialists and religious nationalists? Or about the US bombing other countries in order to back its paper money with other people's sticky ground carbon?
    They probably have about as much interest in us as we have in chimpanzees who beat each other's heads in with rocks and kidnap and enslave members of the others' tribe. We don't try to negotiate with their leaders or even bother trying to interfere in their conflicts, but instead put them in zoos and study them.

  • thesuper hellminator

    But why would us being past the filter mean were lucky or the only ones who made it? just because we cant find any aliens doesnt mean they all died in a filter, theyre probably just minding their own business staying away from us retarded humans

  • Georgi Georgiev
    Georgi Georgiev 4 days ago

    Why would it be bad to have diversity? What the hell is your problem with other living stuff. Like I would love to see a form of life that has a different direction of evolution. Like not even having enzymes and proteins but some completely different mechanics. Why do you value our comfort so much you even put it before life itself. Kurzgesagt, you are sounding like a psychotic dictator.

  • james christopher
    james christopher 5 days ago

    I saw a big spaceship in our neighbor,s big yard

  • Dern Vader
    Dern Vader 5 days ago

    We would have to find some way to add Mercury to the fish on Europa, to make them edible. The 'Opiate Crisis' will kill us all...

  • Tony Flamingo
    Tony Flamingo 5 days ago

    Great job copying second thought

    MADOG 5 days ago

    But conquer another planet and it only one will suffer the filter

    • thesuper hellminator
      thesuper hellminator 4 days ago

      Or conquer the great filter cuz if there is no filter then it cant kill you

  • Cali Gamer
    Cali Gamer 5 days ago

    Wait BUT if We Find Them First We Can Wipe Them Out

  • Arno De Pauw
    Arno De Pauw 5 days ago

    Or there might just be no filter at all and its just another human idea

  • Vatsal Singh Chauhan

    Leaders of the world really need to see this

  • William Vikström
    William Vikström 5 days ago

    Without the Dark, there can be no Light,
    We have purpose
    Without the Lie, there can be no Truth,
    We have purpose
    Without the War, there can be no Victory,
    We have purpose
    Without the Death, there can be no sacrifice,
    We have purpose
    Without the Hope there can be no Future,
    We have purpose
    Without the Loyalty there can be no one chapter,
    We have purpose
    Without the Emperor, there is nothing,...
    And we would have no purpose

  • Nana Dolo
    Nana Dolo 5 days ago


  • Dat Boi
    Dat Boi 5 days ago

    if you ask me the filter is behind us . i mean the inteligence that humans have no othrr animal tried to evolve and thats why those hospitable planets don't show technological life on them . if the filter was in front of us we would have observed at least an athmosferic change between jungle and wasteland
    my opinion though

  • Pimig
    Pimig 5 days ago

    Man that sponsorship was *brilliant.*

  • Ahiezer Coronel
    Ahiezer Coronel 5 days ago

    Nice and all, but it doesn't explain how did we get the laws of logic (which happens to be timeless, spaceless and immaterial), for example (which is necessary to do science, btw).

  • yeong mun lee
    yeong mun lee 6 days ago

    이번편도 매우 흥미로웠어요!

  • Pig Toons
    Pig Toons 6 days ago

    Another scenario: there are multiple great filters behind us and ahead of us

  • DancingCheese
    DancingCheese 6 days ago

    The idea of us being the only species of intelligent life is really scary.

  • Ahmed Barzaq
    Ahmed Barzaq 6 days ago

    Me: to find a ladder!!!

  • Ahmed Barzaq
    Ahmed Barzaq 6 days ago

    Me: Get a ladder!!

  • Stridur
    Stridur 6 days ago

    Build a wall and make the aliens pay for it!

  • RickyAura
    RickyAura 6 days ago

    mass effect Andromeda

  • Merik Malhads
    Merik Malhads 7 days ago

    Or you know we could just be being ignored by large scale interstellar civilizations that take us to be far too primitive

  • Julian Isbell
    Julian Isbell 7 days ago

    When I was 5 or 6 I saw a worm that was on my finger and it went in it and I never new what happen ed after that lol

  • GarredHATES
    GarredHATES 7 days ago

    The Great Filter=Corporate greed

  • Jacqui Duncan
    Jacqui Duncan 7 days ago

    Well, we would never get eliminated thanks to my son, stonetootsie. He knows how to befriend aliens, and 98% of alien races are friendly to humans. Of course stonetootsie is the great filter, wiping out every single hostile race there is. Of course he even has this habit of wiping out races he takes a dislike to, like Disrespecters, for example.

  • 57ashdot
    57ashdot 7 days ago

    I think we are already screwed, our population is out of control and I think we will exhaust the Earth's resources and destroy our environment before we can find another place to live. If we took massive steps to change our lifestyles and reduce population, it might buy us another 100 years and we might make it, but I doubt it.

  • ShelLuser
    ShelLuser 7 days ago

    I think it's a bit narrow minded to state that meeting alien life is per-definition horrible because of the great filter theory. For all we know the encounter itself could be the filter where the interaction will determine the entire outcome. But that doesn't have to mean the outcome will always be bad.

  • Rob C
    Rob C 7 days ago

    We don't need Alien life, we just need dumb and ignorant people to keep voting in GOP candidates who's only goal is to destroy humanity. Example, the US government.

  • kevin4gwen
    kevin4gwen 7 days ago

    You can't move forward by letting fear stop you in your tracks regardless of the answer it's worth moving forward to find it
    and if you ask me looking for life is a better use of money then Mass weapons of Destruction that will probably destroy ourselves

  • Samimiliano01
    Samimiliano01 7 days ago

    The great filter is how smart we think we are and try thing that we eventually go extinct because we weren’t carefull enough and the roadblock was the meteor that destroyed most life on earth when the dinosaurus lived.

  • kevin4gwen
    kevin4gwen 7 days ago

    You still can't make me believe that finding life is a bad thing
    and well finding intelligent life there's probably a 50-50 chance of either they may destroy us or help us I still like to believed that even if there is this filter they might show us how to go through the filter
    And besides that point regardless the answer will still be the answer there is life? or there isn't life?... but looking for it will not change the answer so why worry just go out and look don't worry about it

  • FramePerfect
    FramePerfect 8 days ago

    There's a huge problem with the entire premise of this "great filter" theory. It's based on the assumptions that interstellar travel is possible AND that signs of this kind of development would be easily observable from Earth. Without those two things, the entire theory falls apart. We're really in no position to be making bold claims like that with our current knowledge, but if you're gonna do it anyways, you should probably include a disclaimer in your video. What you're doing here is misleading and deceptive, and it preys on the concerns of those too uninformed to know better. Stop it.

  • Kai Blue
    Kai Blue 8 days ago

    What if specific alien life forms dont need a specific temperature to live, as well as water. What if our water is their iron?

  • Ankhyl
    Ankhyl 8 days ago

    Or it takes so much time to develop that technology that the probability of an asteroid hitting the planet and wiping everything is higher

  • Mythical Duck
    Mythical Duck 8 days ago

    8:19 is my favorite part.

  • The Question
    The Question 8 days ago

    6:43 Are those evil drones with knives??? 😂 😳

  • Bailey Burdett
    Bailey Burdett 8 days ago

    Who’s to say just by pure small chance that we are the first of intelligent kind and there is no great filter

  • Beskt
    Beskt 8 days ago

    Why must there be only 1 species that take over the planet?

  • Jacob
    Jacob 8 days ago

    By the time we get to those places we might not be the same species

  • AnonGuy
    AnonGuy 8 days ago

    Of all the scifi things that turn out to be real, it just *_HAD_* to be the fucking Reapers!

  • AVSManfred ft. Lilith

    I wouldn't be that skeptical about us not finding life yet in the galaxy, one thing that is that our technology still doesn't allow us to go on high precision far out, we can watch the planets form far away but can't see anything specific on them really, besides wouldn't be surprised if one popular trope form sci-fi, about the races that are advanced enough to reach high interstellar phase, would purposefully hide their existence from less developed civilizations keeping watch on them, in the end, they might be afraid what these race could become with their current mindset, and much more powerful technology, just imagine what humankind would do if we would be given technology allowing for interstellar conquest, how quickly we would start abusing it power probably leading to serious conflicts with other races, so maybe they don't want us to reach this level of technology, and just watch if we reach it ourselves, learning how to manage our resources and population responsibly or becoming a thread for galaxy not learning anything from our history, or maybe even gettign extict way before this happen so thye will have one potentially dnageorus race to worry aobut less.
    Also speaking of life capabilities to adapt to different environments, well just look at the list of extremophile organisms found on Earth, if conditions like that would be a major thing on a planet, bet such lifeforms could turn into bigger ones, all sharing the same adaptation to this extreme environment, the possibilities we gonna find something are really high but possibly for us to do so we need to develop an efficient and fast method of interstellar travel so we won't be dependant on just observation with big telescopes or photos from far away space probes.

  • Hi youtubers
    Hi youtubers 9 days ago

    Damn ive hust been looking at memes this whole time will others are thinking about this stuff

  • Bella Permatasari
    Bella Permatasari 9 days ago

    Who the hell disliked this vid omg

  • Liam Benson
    Liam Benson 9 days ago

    All of the reasons listed for a possible filter are capable of being overcome within a few million years.

  • nvshd
    nvshd 9 days ago

    If you think about it, we are still very early in the universe. The entire universe is only 13.8 billion years old out of a lifespan of 100 *trillion* years or more. Revisit the sky in 1 trillion years and if it still looks "natural" then yes, time to panic, there is an impenetrable filter somewhere. But more likely, the filter is behind us and it isn't impenetrable (obviously--since we are already past it).
    Which means humanity is more or less like a youtube comment saying "...first? oh god better think of something to say" on a video that will soon have millions of views. Congratulations, you are living in the first chapter of the universe and the aimless, confused things you do in life will echo in eternity forever. Marvelous beings greater than you can imagine will owe their very existence to you.

  • Roozbeh Kasila
    Roozbeh Kasila 9 days ago

    This is the kind of shit that makes people afraid of funding research, false ideas spread from USclip videos that dont account for any other scenario. Maybe we are the fastest developing lifeform and were the first to get this far ahead of others, maybe our technology is so different than other life forms that we cant detect them yet, or we are simply not looking in the right place, this is just click bait fear mongering and i honestly expected more from this channel.

  • PraxeoLiberty
    PraxeoLiberty 9 days ago

    Sorry, is not conceivable that aliens would be stronger and morally superior to us? That way we would have no choice but to peacefully cooperate, which will increase our rate of development exponentially as we glean from their talents?

  • Stefan Brockelbank
    Stefan Brockelbank 9 days ago

    Just walk around the filter? I mean it's not that hard, look at it 6:05
    Or you could BLJ through it. Also can we TAS this?

  • Refloni
    Refloni 9 days ago

    The great filter doesn't necessarily exist. There may be hundreds of civilizations more advanced than us, we just haven't discovered them yet. You take a very pessimistic stance based on guesswork.

  • Edward Newgate
    Edward Newgate 9 days ago

    Imagine a galactic empire of milky way

  • Gorgon Gorbon
    Gorgon Gorbon 9 days ago

    If We Tried Killing Aliens, It Would Be Like...

    Aliens: *All Of That For A Single Scratch*
    Humans: Yep

  • Someone Else
    Someone Else 9 days ago

    Maybe the Great Filter is simply the speed of light. Nothing dramatic and destructive just an insurmountable barrier to colonising the galaxy.

  • Lucas Johnson
    Lucas Johnson 9 days ago

    7:31 is that a space bong?

  • Nathan Hidajat
    Nathan Hidajat 9 days ago

    My wort nightmare is being eaten by living Aliens on Mars.

  • ConorTheBuilder - Roblox

    I love your animation :D

  • Sprazzal
    Sprazzal 10 days ago

    I don’t give a shit aliens are cooler than survival.

  • Matthew Diongco
    Matthew Diongco 10 days ago

    Is there no one gonna talk about 1:30?

  • Flapjackpants 23
    Flapjackpants 23 10 days ago

    Smoke weed everyday