Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

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“One day, if human civilisation ever wipes itself out, aliens or one of our successors will cast an eye on our ruined planet and ask themselves what ever happened to homo sapiens. Their answer might look a little like this.
The root cause won’t be the specific catastrophe, conflict or devastation that eradicates us; the problem will begin with the architecture of the human brain....”

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  • Sir Growalott

    What happened to humanity?Humans happened to humanity!

  • OGDonNinja

    The industrialization as well as technology are the reasons.

  • Pinnacle Of Man TM

    So true, every problem can be related back to separation, ethbicentrims and selfishness

  • Snowfall Knight

    When I observe the world and the behaviours of our species as a whole, and when I am REALLY honest with myself, I have to say that I think our species is doomed. We're too destructive, selfish and lazy to continue on, especially with how many there are of us now and when you consider how powerful we are. The Reptillian Brain is too dominant. Just my outlook. I'm honestly perfectly fine with this. If we wipe ourselves out, so be it.

  • Justin Calvert

    So basically, because people hate each other and see others as competition, because people believe politicians and fox news, and of course, the all time favorite, people choose to not even believe fact and just go with whatever bullshit they can find that agrees with their view

  • Yousef Albasir

    You can't juxtapose the human brain to the animal because when a lion catches a zebra among the herd of zebras, the zebras stop running. However, humans continue to pillage and plunder; their brothers and sisters forever fleeing for their lives. Humans talk about natural selection, yet the very inventors of it break its laws. The lion knows went to stop, the "homosapean" doesn't. Therefore, there can be no comparison or juxtaposition of humans and other species. Not all things are what they really seem.

  • ketan deshmukh

    i am that alien from the future

  • Felipe Cruz

    > Humans are short-sighted> Proceed to explain how we need to act for the next thousand yearsOh dear...

  • Jers N

    I thought this is a Kurzgesagt video XD

  • Mark Raymond

    There are some contradictions here. Without Problem 1, you can't solve Problem 2. Without tribalism or collectivism, and an adherence to individuality above society, you obviously have no attachment to caring for the future of the unborn/long term thinking. Tribalism is what forced people to sublimate their will to the collectives and ultimately the future members of the tribe.Also, Problem 3 is the only way to solve Problem 1. You need wishful thinking to put aside threat or competition potential and hope that the other tribal members will not attack or try to subjugate you, which is just as likely as them co-operating or integrating with you.The solutions are pretty iffy too - Solution 3 asks for adherence to the truth, and yet the truth is just as likely to refute Solution 1 as it is to reinforce it. What happens then?

  • Gonnae no dae that

    Self awareness is a rare commodity, but we already have the intellectual tools to help achieve this. Once one is trained in this manner it becomes easier to overcome these errors. I think eventually we will reach a point where we can better teach people to be more self aware. Our biases aren't so bad once we are aware we have them and are more comfortable with confronting them.

  • Alfredo Alfaro

    It's even harder when one considers that tribalism was one of the features that allowed us to become what we are, and maybe it was one of the keys of our survival as a species. Even worse, we frequently base love on wishful thinking, and even when one gets over the romanticized idea of it, our rational development gets confronted by rejection and loneliness. No easy way out here.

  • Greg

    In the Socratic dialog on Temperance (or Wisdom). Socrates defends the notion that a person can only make good decisions when the individual "Knows Thy Self". In today's social/political environment this is sadly lacking! When was the last time anyone has heard a politician and or media personality admit they where wrong?

  • The New Breed

    "Became a nuclear armed rodent" wow so incredibly truewe valued intelligence and progress above wisdom and caution and thus our society manifested around this ideology causing us to develop weapons of mass destruction without the wisdom and self restraint to be in control of such power

  • Platinum Trainer

    One problem is the lack of help people get in understanding things when they need it. A lack of understanding in some areas usually doesn't bode well for that person's future. And even when others see that lack of understanding, it's simply ignored and passed over as normal, even if it actually isn't. People are just expected to already know how to deal with everything or to learn it themselves.

  • kichigaisensei

    I legally carry a gun everyday. So far, I have been angry, upset, happy, disappointed, joyous, etc while carrying a gun. I've experienced the full range of emotions. So far, I haven't shot anyone. The human species IS capable of controlling their passions and deciding that killing isn't the only way to solve problems.

  • Steijn Muller

    But isn't then warfare a result of our tribal mind?

  • Miika Mäentaus

    we might be living in the peak of human civilization

  • Anthony Nito

    Personally I'm just unhappy that I'll never get to see the whole of human history play out to the very end due to our limited lifespans. Watching the world end during my lifetime would be a blessing.

  • eluukkanen

    Is hatred of foreigners what made the species fall? That was very political correct to say but humanity didin't just had a tendency to strike any foreign people they met. Going out in flash of nuces is quite a romantic thought. If world is ever going to fall, it will propably be a slow death.

  • Brianna Francis

    Life has blessed humans with two great gifts that are unique in nature they are the will power to direct our minds to what we want to do and the power to harness the world around us for survival and enlightenment but with a great power comes a great responsibility, to never disturb the natural functioning balance of nature for the greed of man will be the death of all man as i have discovered man short time on this planet, the human mind is to tender and delicate to understand the sutlites for anything past the need of survival because of greed and for that love of self destroying advances in technology and society will ultimately lead to an unspeakable chaos, for the greed of man will be the death of all man. Things must change for the survival of humans before they destroy them self's. Peace, love, respect, manners and common understanding of others and how we have tarnished the place we called home and if earth is our mother we are bad children who dirty there mothers house every night with pollution and when mother has had enough she call your father to handle the situation and it will not be nice for the child(humans) head this message and live in harmony and care with our home, bye take care folks that's all she wrote

  • The deathless face of the unborn mind.

    I think fear, and by extension the mass manipulation of fear by some particularly influential neo-cortexes, is a bigger factor than this video portrayed. Still great video though.

  • Shrey Vaghela

    So basically morality is the most important behaviour.

  • Captain Raz

    hmmm- more worried in keeping civilization alive or the humans?- so humans would be doomed if not for our great states?- despite the well being and sustainability of humans for millions of years before civilization, the problem now is the human brain? not the deeply disturbed social organization we call civilization, which is obviously not made considering the actual human animal?

  • Daniel Jefferson

    GGWP. The end is inevitable. 7 billion people wont change that easily. Only God could do that.

  • Hoferman

    the best way to get rid of tribalism is for one tribe to prevail. A diverse crowd filled with tribalism will destroy us, yet a unitary tribe with the same purpose and desire, now thats beauty, thats progress. (yes im against multiculturalism and yes against diversity sorry, I see that a unitary state with pride for ones self kind is the only way for humanity to continue to progress.)

  • Andrew Coleman

    Extremely oversimplified, but true nonetheless

  • Moeel Ashraf

    I'm early let me think of a jokeleafy

  • GGame

    Love A Stranger - Sounds like something a Pedophile would say

  • Jaspreet Singh

    they are not going to understand , but i appreciate your efforts for this video

  • Tipsy River

    The selfish desire of immortality in the form of fame even after one's death makes up for some of the lack of regard for future generations as far as charity and the progress of the species is concerned. Doing the right thing for the wrong reasons or doing the wrong thing and unintentionally causing a positive change in someone's life, is and always has been a big part of the good in the world. Charity is often a side effect of ambition.*I use the words "right", "good" and "wrong" in regards to the moral code of most modern societies.

  • Rusty Byrnes

    The solution can't be in the mind because as you have pointed out that is the source of the problem, and the 'reptilian' (insulting to reptiles) part is as much a part of us as the neocortex. The solution is in creating institutions and structures that see all these flaws and curtail them. At the moment many of the overarching mental architectures of our society actually reward our selfish and short sited impulses instead of punishing them. Humans are endlessly malleable, and for the majority of our history on earth we have lived and died sustainably. It's only the last 10,000 years we have risked this sort of collapse.

  • Shefath Islam

    So, the "Human Condition" will actually bring down humanity, how predictably ironic!

  • Veryde

    Every intellectual act aside, no matter how impressive, we're still animals. Animals unable to realise that they broke out of their restricting eco-system and are causing devastation because of that. We're no pest or virus as many people state, we're just instinctively driven to eat, reproduce and consume, as most mammals are, it's the lack of restrictions that harms us and the planet. We basically outsmarted the system but are too ignorant to live outside of it.

  • Carlos Paige

    to be honest it's not all humans who see others as nonhuman and set up governments based on lies and killing and oppression, we have Europeans to thank for that,in fact native people all over the world welcomed white people when they first came into contact with them,it was the inhumane nature of the white man that caused all the problems listed in this video.Native people all over the world practiced love of their fellow man for thousands of years until white people got loose for Europe and destroyed the world and how humans interact with their pure wicked way of life.....

  • Væþryr

    Tribal forces are not a product of the reptilian brain, but rather that of the limbic system. The same thing responsible for disliking foreigners is responsible for pair bonding and is a large constituent of the effect of love itself. One must understand this hormone, oxytocin, to see how tribal forces are exerted. The why of tribal forces is also interesting; this is clearly an evolved phenomena, and is no more stupid than hunger or pain; it is an adaptation to ensure genetic fitness. There have been computer simulations done over various group forces competing with one another, as coming from groups with different mental adaptations. It was found that solely altruistic were invaded by more hostile groups, and destroyed. The most successful of the groups were those that were inwardly altruistic, but deeply xenophobic.

  • ChrisTheAnt

    At the end of the day it all comes down to greed in my opinion. Greed is the power, the motive behind many of the moves that people of high power make. For example, the presidents. Why do they want to blow up other countries with nuclear weapons and steal all their land? Because they are greedy. They want more than what they already have and they don't take what they have already for granted. If we could all just share, and love, and work together as one, we can do anything. We can stop global-warming. We can stop racism. We can stop sexism. You've all seen what we've done already, all the amazing things humanity has invented. We are capable of creating amazing things and working things out, and thus I believe we can work out a solution to all our current problems.

  • Spider-manana

    so essentially Donald and his supporters will end the world

  • sandcastle84

    That's wishful thinking right there: love of the stranger. In a world where persuasion didn't work or all humans started on a blank slate, this is the ideal. But you have those who slaughter others because of religion and misinformation. There are many tribes on Earth that left no historical records, because of such silly ideals. Those who fight to protect will live to survive and propagate. This is the way it has been for all living creatures.Love of the unborn will be undefined until there is a way to determine life or the fetus being a part of the mother's body. An eternal argument. The parents should make the decision, and others stay out of it.Love of the truth, the absolute truth, is unknowable without omniscience. Meanwhile, we hang onto what we feel is the truth. Learning to listen to uncomfortable facts is one thing, the other would be better to study the nature of delusions.Have a nice day.

  • Leo Adian

    The actual core of the problem is that we're animals, nothing more nothing lesseven if we were the smartest beings to ever exist in this universe, this fact will be killed by the fact that we're just animalsand animals live off emotions, emotions that instinctively drive them to do things and avoid thingsI'd guess that's what makes us different from machines but also destroys us as a living species to extinction

  • John Siebert

    Post-tribal society implies there's one global culture with fundamental values shared across the planet. That is not reality today. There's a inconsistency in thinking of those who are against tribalism and nationalism on the one hand but promote multiculturalism and identity politics on the other hand. Multiculturalism in practice is the epitome of the harshest form of tribalism.

  • Karl Pilkington

    You know what strategy we know for sure works for long term survival? It has been proven to have worked for hundreds of thousands of years, even millions of years, without a change in the system:Living in small tribes where everyone knows everyone else and we have to work together with and against nature. These tribes were split up and separated and hardly knew of each other's existenceSmall populations of humans might need to return to that state on isolated terraformed planets if we did want the human race not to go extinct. They'd have to forget about the incredibly complex tools we have today and return for a couple of generations to a very basic existence until the information is forgotten and then they will have no choice but to live naturally as we have done for millions of yearsThat is IF the human psyche would be the root cause of our extinction. But certainly better not to put all the eggs in the same basket. Civilisation is an all eggs in same basket scenario because this particular basket is close at hand and much physically easier to navigate than the basket 'provided' by nature.For the time time being we have to put all efforts into getting off this planet and exploring knowledge etc. We need to recirculate the genepool instead of giving into unnatural selection that could rip us apart as a species and change us into non-functioning individuals. We just have to hope that one day further down the line if the time is right our descendants will know it would be best to return at least some of themselves to that state of existence. It would be hard and would feel worse than suicide. I hope they have the guts to do it

  • sai sreekantt

    Officially, I'm missing NeoCortex !! becuz i love strangers and see Earth as one being ....Hate Nationalists who r proud of their own country & promote 'Nation First' attitude. Why cant d whole earth be one country. HALE EARTH !!!

  • JJ

    more conformist liberal bs. missing the trees for the forest, so never understanding the truth of the forest.

  • Gordy Elumba

    I dunno, advocating that love will solve all problems is just wishful thinking to me.

  • Charlie Davidson

    Such true words. If humanity would realize that ignorance breeds hate, and hate leads to the suffering of all, maybe we could change all that. Until the day everyone realizes how wrong they are about everything, this world will continue to rot and decay, until its eventually purged by nuclear fire.

  • mediastarguest

    The real reason why we are and have been destroying ourselves is because ONE is never enough. One dollar, gold coin, tree, piece of land, territory, piece of fruit, piece of food, wife, lover, horse, car, home, castle, palace can NEVER be as good as two or more.

  • dan crowley

    Mindfulness meditation is going to prove to be an extremely effective tool for this. The ancients refined so many different methods of cultivating love that if society could put as much effort into it as the agriculture industry nobody would ever grow hungry for love.

  • raffa ojeda

    why ? cause of geopoitics, capital system, greed, over pipulation...and other vicious acts

  • Philly Cheese Stakes

    WT... I can hear your opinion a and it is devilish.

  • acrobatsutr

    the day humans go extinct is the day that will start to heal everything.

  • paul broderick

    King Solomon quoted, "Vanity, all is vanity". How true. The greed, grab and instant gratification of some people is disgusting.



  • Hatred

    also another flaw is huge lack of creativity in descision making in a lot of individuals

  • Wisoras

    (Warning: Non-Native-Speaker opinion)We live in a time where things change extremly quickly and many countries own so strong weapons which could destroy our world more than one time. The solution to overcome our negatice abilities is to change our system even more and even faster than ever before in something that is focused to suppress these 3 negative attributes.Economies must focus on stability and not on maximize their profit at any cost.Policies must focus more on tomorrow instead of focusing on only their ruling period.Our news must stop to focus on only negative events and must start to report completly objective and realistic. (Even when days exist that are boring to report)The Education must focus their knowledge more on the needs of our jobs and everyday life (example: How to use computer properly)And the most important change necesarry is a new system that adjust itself regularly to our current problems. To achieve this we need to simplify bureaucracy and laws without changing their importance. A main problem today is complication. The more complex something is the harder it gets to make it right.And complication is something made by humans to prevent others with the lack of their understanding from something. (at least in human systems like politics, judiciary or even economy)I mean everybody could create an economy or political system in a week that could work (maybe with some flaws but still). Some Games are good examples that proves that a simple economy or policy could work in itself. And I think we don't need a very complex system to get our world running. Yeah, maybe not so simple like in some games but still much easier than our current system is.There is only one huge problem: In our current system only the ones could change it that are benefit the most of it.Another solution could be revolution but I doubt that today any mighty nation could get their people to do that (especially in a world where everybody has a different opinion than anybody and hunger is vanished as a reason)But it is a fact that a revolution was the way of the past to get politics back from their dead end to the people they represent.This is something we lost today in our democracy. If we are against something that no party is offering to us we can't change it.If the humanity will destroy itself it would be because our system is not matching with our current problems and we could not change it into something that prevents our extinction. Our brain itself is not the reason because we had overcome our problems with society inventions. Only if these inventions fail and we can not correct them we will fail as the human race altogether no matter the gender, believe, skin, intellect or age (and so on)

  • Wise Afro Duck

    woah...this is all so biblical, jesus taught how to save this world using the steps stated to save mankind

  • Rael Kaz

    Humanity is already gone extinct

  • QuEtZ1997

    The end of the world is near

  • coolboy Rony

    its amazing how different people sees those msg differently, truly in his own self concern way.

  • Nishit

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  • Asael

    At some point in time humans broke the natural harmony of the world, they came to know greed like no other species. Humans gave no thought to what their rampant breeding would do to the world. Can't you people see? Humans have set themselves upon the path of inevitable destruction.

  • z0uLess

    most likely they would amuse themselves about how self-absorbed we are and that we thought they would care.

  • loszhor

    I like how this channel doesn't just give you philosophical answers without explaining itself in clear and completely understandable detail. I wish more would do so.

  • Mustafa Shams

    In a way, tribalism, selfishness, and war have done a lot of humanity.

  • LancesArmorStriking

    Isn't the acknowledgement of these problems a destruction of them as well? (Maybe not for tribalism; we'd just be fighting our base instincts, instead of getting rid of them altogether), but the fact that you can imagine a world where humans only think in the short term, outlining what our hypothetical selves didn't do, must mean that not all humans are so heavily affected by short-term thinking (ex: climate conventions). Same argument for our natural irrationality: it exists, but if the narrator knows it does, then at least he must be trying to encourage in himself rationality.

  • Clayon Gunzelle

    I'll tell you what is an illusion, thinking we will somehow change and turn it around for good

  • mackdmara

    Ability + desire = the outcomeWhat is the outcome?

  • jason lightfoot

    greed, jealousy and rampant inferiority complexes.

  • Chris Tose

    "hugely clever ape""cartoon black guy plays an instrument invented by whitey"it's like poetry

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