A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place - Egoistic Altruism

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    • Shreerang Vaidya
      Shreerang Vaidya 5 days ago

      3:48 the purple bird is hitting itself.

    • C. Caner Telimenli
      C. Caner Telimenli 6 days ago +1

      Although I like the premise of your video, the ideas on growth are not really true. In past, there were times growth was possible. Innovation on agricultural tech like crop rotation is an example and it happened way before industrial revolution. Also no growth comes without a price. it will have side effects, and certainly it wont last forever. The effects of growth on western world didn't effect all the world and certainly losing its effect thanks to increased population. Growth (whatever the cost) cant solve everything like many economists believe, but innovation can. So what you stated in the end can solve this problem too.

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      someone unimportant 10 days ago +1

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  • Vashu Tangri
    Vashu Tangri 2 hours ago

    I love how this channel impregnates an existential anxiety in many of their videos

  • Mohamed Baghouz
    Mohamed Baghouz 8 hours ago +1

    this is realy bautiful but we don t live in a utopia

  • Penguinator
    Penguinator 10 hours ago

    yay 7000 people are selfish shitstains who don't deserve to live.

  • Mad Scribbler
    Mad Scribbler 14 hours ago

    The issue with innovation is that the more “problems” we “solve” the more we disable ourselves. We become entirely incapable of doing simple things we could do before, because those things are being done for us. We need to watch ourselves carefully, and know where to draw the line.

  • John Fugmegedurn
    John Fugmegedurn 16 hours ago

    F this I am part of the voluntary human extinction group we think humans are terrible and it would be better if we all died

  • Darren Maltby
    Darren Maltby Day ago

    I was going to post a sarcastic comment about this video being sponsored by the new world order and then at the end it said it was supported by the Bill and Melinda gates foundation so I guess I was right.

  • Elliot Kopitske
    Elliot Kopitske Day ago

    why do you guys ALWAYS use birds? not against it, but why?

  • willnburger
    willnburger Day ago

    Get another $600B? Paint the walls purple!

  • Johnny
    Johnny Day ago

    Give me money so I can be better off, thereby making yourself better off.

  • Debashish Nair
    Debashish Nair Day ago

    I was looking for a video on 'Why we do what we do“ cause no one knows why they do stuff.
    Somehow we are here, and everyone's blindly following others. Blind religion , ego, hedonism, consumersim, politics, marriage etc

    This was so insightful. It really answered why the world is how it is

  • TheMystic_Maestro
    TheMystic_Maestro 2 days ago

    Whenever the birds cry it makes me feel so sorry for them! Like, I wanna help them! Why are you doing this to me? XD

  • Alex Minsky
    Alex Minsky 2 days ago +2

    It’s interesting that this channel never mentioned the flaws within this system, such as the possibility of destroying the environment while doing all these “great” things. It’s a belief system accepted as the ideology of the modern world.

  • Matthew W
    Matthew W 2 days ago

    “The more people who want what you want, the more likely you are to get it,” I can think of numerous examples that debunk that claim: the more people who want your crush.
    Also sadly humans are naturally competitive. We all want to be the best. So even with your theory I still think it’s likely someone will always try to take a bigger piece of the pie. Maybe I’m a cynic.

  • Geary Goodenough
    Geary Goodenough 2 days ago

    Basically, cooperate?

  • Pin Seng Lim
    Pin Seng Lim 2 days ago

    I use this topic as my presentation.... and it goes REALLY WELL!!!! I just want to shout out THANK YOU !!

  • Ennui Mind
    Ennui Mind 2 days ago

    I knew I smelled some Bill Gates in this.

  • Brandon Letkeman
    Brandon Letkeman 3 days ago

    Wish this was how it worked, sadly there is still a staggering amount of immediate and easier to obtain benefit for powerful individuals and companies to keep the pie small and keep taking a larger slice. If we could somehow shift societal values away from immediate financial gain towards something that rewarded this type of mindset in a more tangible way then we could start seeing this sort of utopia getting closer. As it stands what I see is people with promise and ideas unable to find work or funding because the market doesn't need them.

  • Sparkle Cat
    Sparkle Cat 3 days ago

    Ihr habt die Untertitel nicht in Klingonisch?! Wie rückschrittlich!

    (WTF🤯 Untertitel in Esperanto! Willst du mich eigentlich ver..wasauchimmer)

  • ElectroMagnet Gamer
    ElectroMagnet Gamer 3 days ago

    0:41 poor birb
    1 comment that says "cake" = 1 piece of cake for birb

  • SuperStriker7US Team Name:The Last Bosses

    We need recolonization. These poor countries were completely fine until the UK collapsed and the UN made everyone lose their colonies.

  • This is my Paradise and hobby in 2019.

    Take note governments all over the world!

  • Mckenzie Welsh
    Mckenzie Welsh 4 days ago +1

    Well we are mostly caring in the U.K.

  • Comatoast
    Comatoast 4 days ago

    What a eurocentric was video

  • Deneteus
    Deneteus 4 days ago

    This video makes the mistake of assuming that shared global innovation is good for everyone as if the innovation didn't belong to someone else. Giving to someone in another country does not make your life better or those of the people that live in your country that still don't have access to innovation because you keep giving it away to other people. Let's steal everyone else's innovation and give it away like we made it because that is the sane thing to do. Right-o! This is really called Pathological Altruism.

  • Zuzu Covert
    Zuzu Covert 4 days ago

    Yes! We could be God's by now if humans would just get their shit together and start "caring for thy neighbor!"

  • Shadow747
    Shadow747 4 days ago

    African space program


  • Shadow747
    Shadow747 4 days ago

    Cure for cancer has been found decades ago. They are just hiding it because its more profitable

  • Shadow747
    Shadow747 4 days ago

    1:30 except for africans and arabs

  • nightmareTomek
    nightmareTomek 4 days ago

    The pie is a lie.

  • Norway flag
    Norway flag 4 days ago

    clothes in genral and independence FROM THE FUCKING DANES/ FAEN MEG DANSKENE triggered.

  • prathmesh gupta
    prathmesh gupta 4 days ago

    Please tell me which app does you use

  • Shining Emeralds
    Shining Emeralds 5 days ago +2

    *F R I D G E R S S T O R E. FO O D

  • RandomFin
    RandomFin 5 days ago

    Wait until communism enters the lobby

  • Kaiser Wilhelm II
    Kaiser Wilhelm II 5 days ago

    Morality is a spook

  • shounak kulkarni
    shounak kulkarni 5 days ago +2

    Cooperation is the ultimate way towards prosperity!

  • HaroWorld1
    HaroWorld1 5 days ago

    In b4 AI comes to ruin everything, and innovation becomes cheaper.
    Why pay people to innovate when you can have cheaper, innovative robots?

  • Secondary Frost
    Secondary Frost 5 days ago

    I'm sensing a link between all these videos

  • Eleanor Bijeau
    Eleanor Bijeau 6 days ago +1

    6:30 nope

  • Lesvinx
    Lesvinx 6 days ago

    On JAH!!

  • The Seph I am
    The Seph I am 6 days ago +2

    It is amazing how you can spout off “supply and demand” is a good thing and then completely ignore the concept that drives innovation: competition. Your position that everyone should have wealth regardless of if they are capable of using it correctly is where I find fault.
    At least you admit that the concept of “a raising tide raises all ships” is real. So I’ll take that as a win. Still just a bit too socialist here bud.

    • Max Hansen
      Max Hansen 4 days ago +1

      The Seph I am He Where does he say everyone should have wealth regardless of if they are capable of using it correctly??

  • ZiiP
    ZiiP 6 days ago

    fuckin globalists trying to take over the world. fuck off with your fake cheese and honda hybrids ya cunts

  • Ankit Sharma
    Ankit Sharma 7 days ago

    I love that it's even sponsored by the Bill and Melinda gates foundation. Even they understand that this growing wage gap can be bad for everyone including the 1%.

  • Benson Peng
    Benson Peng 7 days ago +1

    Yet as 1984 has pointed out, sometimes power and the inequality and oppression are not the means but the goals themselves. Some do not necessarily want to live better but to have other's lives worse off. Humans always have a suicidal tendency.

  • Junior Crusher
    Junior Crusher 7 days ago

    I will never sub to you after your leftist bias video,this a scientific channel not a political one

  • just a YouTuber
    just a YouTuber 7 days ago


  • Kayne McNeely
    Kayne McNeely 7 days ago

    Proof why the Government controlling the Economy, ad establishing socialism is bad. Let the market be free and it would be a cycle of wealth like he explained.

  • ethan cheng
    ethan cheng 7 days ago

    Dont take that bird‘s stuff!!

  • Ava Yu
    Ava Yu 8 days ago

    Yet, sadly there are still stupid crusades and regimes interested in autocratic power for no good reasons other than a sadist will to oppress and torment others like in North Korea, Islamic Sharia etc...etc...Why America, the greatest country in the world must lead the rest to ultimate enlightenment. We are not perfect, but thus far no other nation in the world has embodied and accomplished the liberty to pursue happiness while advancing the tech and human innovations as successfully! USA! USA! Go Trump 2020!

  • Brenden Kehoe
    Brenden Kehoe 8 days ago

    this is a xenophile approved video

  • Lll Hhh
    Lll Hhh 8 days ago

    How does sustainability work?

  • TRSYosh
    TRSYosh 8 days ago

    6:58, what a jerk, ruining a cake/pie!

  • mosullivan15
    mosullivan15 8 days ago +1

    The best part of this argument not making sense is that there's straight up plagiarism in the video

  • sciure sci
    sciure sci 8 days ago

    This channel always makes me proud to be human

  • Norbert Goder
    Norbert Goder 8 days ago +1

    You guys are really the best

  • Chris Fesko
    Chris Fesko 9 days ago

    This will never happen as long as evil people with billions of dollars at there disposal, Are allowed to control this planet. WE have to take down these evil people who control everything. And Put the control in the hands of people who are good. The unfortunate fact is that, Good People Do not become Rich Billionaires Because becoming a Rich Billionaire requires you to be evil and do evil, to obtain that type of money. So how do we fix this? Jesus. Embracing the Ideas that jesus has proposed that we should love god, and love one another, and treat everyone with respect, Is the only way. The more People who show love and respect, The better the world will become.

  • Tiago Lavadinho
    Tiago Lavadinho 9 days ago

    You forgot capitalism. No such thing as a positive sum game in a capitalist system

    • Reda
      Reda 8 days ago

      hah when will people understand, let those corps pay their taxes like it should. Most inventions are made through gouvernement (military,gps,internet,....).

  • Thiago Pereira
    Thiago Pereira 9 days ago

    Basicamente vi que tem mta gente com uma renda alta e muuuito mais gente com renda baixa, a questão é: cade a redistribuição de renda?

  • jon1960
    jon1960 10 days ago

    im have 145 iq and this cool

  • WhytieTightie
    WhytieTightie 10 days ago

    Your pie looks a lot like a cake

  • mukunda
    mukunda 10 days ago

    Can earth support the demand of 10 billion people?

  • Raptor Swire
    Raptor Swire 10 days ago

    rich Apple should contribute a lot to treating cancer.....but why would they treat themselves? :D

  • Spicy Cat
    Spicy Cat 10 days ago +1

    Makes me think about utopias.

  • TheRarestNormies
    TheRarestNormies 10 days ago +1

    "Theories" like this have made me a sociopath to my friends.

  • Takedown 403
    Takedown 403 11 days ago

    I disagree

  • Agent Green_Gills
    Agent Green_Gills 12 days ago

    I love your videos. Your videos change my worldview, moral compass and choices in a good way... I think. Anyway I appreciate your hard work in researching, writing, drawing, animating and what ever else you do when you guys make videos.:)

  • LOLSflint
    LOLSflint 12 days ago

    0:47 tHEy WerE OnLy fIGHtINg OvEr PiE?!?! sO MAnY LivEs CoULd HAvE BeEN SavEd!!!

  • Amreen Queen
    Amreen Queen 12 days ago +1

    Basically the world has to work together, hmm I would like that 🥰

  • Coco Bird Remastered
    Coco Bird Remastered 12 days ago

    I think the problem is the need of money to invest in some things.

  • Bill Gates
    Bill Gates 13 days ago

    “Do you like being alive?” Is that a question?

  • Daniel Serebrennik
    Daniel Serebrennik 13 days ago

    Theory of Moral Sentiments-Adam Smith, read it, is all the philosophy(first one) about it

  • Ramses Hatem
    Ramses Hatem 13 days ago

    Este video vale oro

  • Santosh P.S.S.
    Santosh P.S.S. 14 days ago

    These animations, blows my mind!

  • Ahek
    Ahek 14 days ago +1

    *This video was supported by the Bill Gates-foundation*

  • stalker Santa
    stalker Santa 15 days ago +2

    2:56 where is the airpods? This video smell like broke in here!

  • Magdalena Vallazza
    Magdalena Vallazza 15 days ago +1

    sure, if we put it like this, thats nice!! ... but in your logical chain intro, you forgot that growth is still mostly coupled to real resources such as soil, water, land and labour. only by exploiting nature, resources and people in the global south, we as the western cultures could make the cake bigger - for us !!! our prosperty is built on ruthless exploitaten. the thought of infinite growth on a finite planet... brought us here, into the multiple crisis of climate change,mass extinciton, social injustice and much more. recommended reading (german): ulrich brand - imperiale lebensweise.

  • The Next Game
    The Next Game 15 days ago +1

    Limited resources.
    Thus money is about *prioritizing* resource allocation. Not expanding the pie.

  • Unloyal
    Unloyal 16 days ago +2

    If only corruption and scummy practices wasn't a thing. . Sign . .

  • Akilah Aije Carvajal
    Akilah Aije Carvajal 16 days ago +1

    "Egoistic altruism" is invalid at the conceptual level; that is, whoever the author is, is attempting to force together two contradicting concepts into one-an impossible aberration. To be altruistic is to negate oneself per Compte (the happiness of others); to be egoistic is to promote oneself (the happiness of oneself)-one cannot be non-contradictory by negating oneself and promoting oneself simultaneously.
    To be an "egoistic altruist" is to dictate, "I both negate and promote myself at the same time, in the same respect" which is a violation of the fundamental principle of logic: A is A, and, A is not non-A. Something can't be two things at once, something is what it is, A is A. In effect, egoistic altruism is fundamentally the same as proclaiming, "I am both a positive and a negative"-it is impossible, you are nothing.
    Egoistic altruism is an invalid concept; it's referents cannot "mix"-it doesn't exist.

    • LiaoM4sta
      LiaoM4sta 9 days ago

      I’m sorry that oxymorons do not exist in your world- I’m pretty sure literary techniques don’t need a big philosophical analysis

    • ɢʀɪᴍꜱʏ ʙᴏɪ
      ɢʀɪᴍꜱʏ ʙᴏɪ 12 days ago

      It apparently doesn't exist yet has been described right infront of you in the video. Also you're wrong about something cannot be two things at once, the most classic example being the cat in the box, don't need the full details since I assume you know, but in the situation the cat is both "Alive" and "Dead".
      Also, you're thinking of taking two both whole ideas and trying to mix them, when things like this, along other similar cases of mixing things that would normally counter each other, it's taking elements from both sides, not the whole.

  • James Martin
    James Martin 16 days ago

    can you do a video on accelerationism?

  • Aiden Kane
    Aiden Kane 16 days ago

    4:43 That's OCD infuriating. After the one out of 6 disappeared, there was 1 empty seat and one person not in a seat. Is anyone's OCD going crazy right now?

  • Dennis Eggert
    Dennis Eggert 16 days ago

    "1 of 6 people dies of cancer and one of them might be you" One just have to love the way how Kurzgesagt casually confronts viewers with possibilities of certain doom.

  • Abhijit Zimare
    Abhijit Zimare 16 days ago

    Explaining Britishers for first 3 mins 😂

  • infamous4141
    infamous4141 17 days ago

    Theres videos like this because we havent had a good world war yet theres an ideal that war every 50 yrs is healthy and longtime peace leads to wars thatll be worse if it was short I had learned by reading in some books back way and after watching this the weapons ships or planes each side build better weapons during peace build up military cost as if we were in a war and as much as I would hate to see this or any conflict or read history you see patterns in civilization on there beginnings to the end war and peace it's a vicious cycle of advancement for order and chaos.

  • Herbert Koch
    Herbert Koch 17 days ago +1

    With endless resources this video might be true. But with our modern energy, metal and food production more wealthy people mean more pollution. As much as I hate to say it, but our wealthy countries do benefit from poor countries.

  • O Zone
    O Zone 17 days ago +1

    This is why we need to allocate more money from taxes to education... lookin' at you REPUBLICANS *stern stare*

  • TheOnlyEpsilonAlpha
    TheOnlyEpsilonAlpha 17 days ago

    Love your Graphical Style 🥰 the Ducks are so cute

  • Draw Clearly
    Draw Clearly 17 days ago +1


  • willis banos
    willis banos 17 days ago

    this is dumb

  • May May
    May May 17 days ago

    What if you just want to help the worse off people so they are better off and not bc you want "the pie" in the situation?

  • Shakyasmrit Sharma
    Shakyasmrit Sharma 17 days ago

    The channels like Kurzgesagt is the reason why youtube is a better place for humanity

  • David Reyes
    David Reyes 17 days ago

    Could you do a computer science video on algorithms !?

  • Thomas Barnish
    Thomas Barnish 17 days ago

    The environnement doesn’t agree.

  • Renu Chauhan Rc
    Renu Chauhan Rc 17 days ago

    Thinkers animation was good....

  • nargiz emin
    nargiz emin 17 days ago

    Reminds me “The brief history of humankind”.

  • PABox Channel
    PABox Channel 18 days ago

    Sound like commie but ok

  • John Hicks
    John Hicks 18 days ago

    This follows theories set by the Austrian School of Economics

    • Channing's Hot Fryes
      Channing's Hot Fryes 12 days ago

      this video is a selfish argument for being altruistic, NOT an altruistic argument for being selfish

  • Pranava Chaitanya
    Pranava Chaitanya 19 days ago

    "Societies invaded each other constantly to get more pie."
    "Some had all the pie they wanted."

  • dadodado dadadadodo do

    2:00 *cough cough* errr Canada to China *cough cough*

  • Soumen Bhattacharya
    Soumen Bhattacharya 19 days ago

    I have more than hundred channels on subscription on science , technology, economics, geopolitics. The content and script of the channel is very best. Their animation is also good. Well done. Today's society is learning free. Positive sum game. 👍👍