The Past We Can Never Return To - The Anthropocene Reviewed

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In September of 1940, an 18-year-old mechanic named Marcel Ravidat was walking his dog, Robot, in the countryside of Southwestern France when the dog disappeared down a hole. Robot eventually returned but the next day, Ravidat went to the spot with three friends to explore the hole.

And after quite a bit of digging, they discovered a cave with walls covered with paintings, including over 900 paintings of animals, horses, stags, bison and also species that are now extinct, including a wooly rhinoceros. The paintings were astonishingly detailed and vivid with red, yellow and black paint made from pulverized mineral pigments that were usually blown through a narrow tube, possibly a hollowed bone, onto the walls of the cave. It would eventually be established that these artworks were at least 17,000 years old.

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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell


    Ohai everybody! Something different today, make sure to watch it to the end! John Green is reading one of his reviews of our modern world, from his Podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed, which you should check out! I haven't said this often enough publicly, but John and Hank Green, the Vlogbrothers and first generation science HUbuildrs are the reason Kurzgesagt exists today. In the very literal sense, that when I saw the first episode of Crash Course World History as a student in university I decided to try to do something similar. Doing Kurzgesagt was very hard for the first few years, for a variety of reasons. What made it easier was the kind advice and real world help we got from John and Hank to make this channel work and not burn out. Over the years we became friends - and to me the genuine nature of their work is still inspiring. My team and I try to do the same with Kurzgesagt. To be driven by the values we believe in and not by the outside world. So when John asked me if we maybe would illustrate and animate one of his essays, it was an easy yes. This is the result and we hope you like it. Thank you for watching and reading - Philipp

    • Alex Harbolt

      Alex Harbolt


      I recognized his voice immediately from Crash Course History!



      2 hónapja

      OK thanks

    • Britten Viper

      Britten Viper

      3 hónapja

      10/10 vids



      3 hónapja


    • ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

      ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

      4 hónapja


  2. puteqX



    It's just sad. I saw a comment with a reply that is child abuse saying kids are disgusting and later on says that it's good becouse it gets him/her likes on twitter. This world has lots of not wonderful people who have brain that is squished to the size of an hydrogen atom.

  3. Marshall Thompson

    Marshall Thompson


    I remember when John and his brother were just starting to make videos where they made one video A-day and sent them back-and-forth. This was in the beginning of HUbuild and the Internet as we know it today. How things have changed....

  4. Ηλίας Ρουγκάλας

    Ηλίας Ρουγκάλας

    3 napja

    The story with the dog and the cave was in my English book!

  5. T BArns

    T BArns

    4 napja

    Picasso is a self absorbed scam artist. Change my mind

  6. MagePenguin


    4 napja

    Oh, this is the same guy from crash course European history!

  7. Ákos Lévai

    Ákos Lévai

    4 napja

    Damn those onions!

  8. Bored_Gamer212


    4 napja

    Just want to say to all the parents struggling with there kids. Aslong as you love them they will come back. They split away from you guys for a few years then, they will return and you will be better friends then you ever were. Stay STRONG!

  9. Remake


    5 napja

    The hands are almost instinctive

  10. Hoolz


    5 napja

    Crash Course World History!! "We are the exception!".

  11. ozzy


    6 napja

    i love this guy

  12. McAwesomeYT Yo

    McAwesomeYT Yo

    6 napja

    Top ten craziest anime crossovers ever

  13. TMMaddict


    6 napja

    I regularly weep when listening to the anthropocene reviewed but watching this with animation made me smile when I cried

  14. AichiYume


    7 napja

    well, I'm in tears now.

  15. giving you my heart and soul

    giving you my heart and soul

    7 napja

    'as if making art was not optional'

  16. Mankind - Redefined

    Mankind - Redefined

    8 napja

    I often wonder who my distant prehistoric ancestors may have been. I mean, it's so far into the past that their descendents would technically number in the millions at least, or I would guess. But still, they're an ancestor. I know they had to exist lest I wouldn't have existed. But I'll never know who they were. I could guess what they probably spent their time doing based on what science has revealed. But I'll never know who they loved, who they loathed, what they found wonder in, and what scared them the most. What stories did they tell. How much did they know of their ancestors? Were they happier than I am despite having less? Were they also more violent than me? What was their favorite piece of art, and did they make any themselves. Perhaps in a cave somewhere there's a hand painted from an individual who despite all the differences is responsible for my existence on some level. But even if I saw it, I would never know. Maybe one of my descendents will think all of these thoughts over again about myself, and see something I created without knowing what it meant. I'm not sure who I'd rather talk to, Ancestors or Descendents. But I suppose I'm more than happy to just talk to those of my kind on Earth now. I guess millenia hasn't changed that.

  17. Joy Welch

    Joy Welch

    8 napja

    The didactic seed partly join because composition dolly soothe forenenst a three art. pumped, coordinated atom

  18. Charlotte Raven

    Charlotte Raven

    9 napja

    The highfalutin balloon disappointedly worry because adapter intraspecifically succeed unlike a fantastic night. colorful, misty moon

  19. John Connell

    John Connell

    11 napja

    Wow. I started watching that and thought "oh this is boring AF". But damn. I'm glad I watched the whole thing. Incredibly moving. Well done. ❤️👍🏻❤️

  20. agentx3


    12 napja

    This was incredible.

  21. KrazyKaiser


    13 napja

    How did I miss this one?

  22. Frederik


    15 napja

    Now we just have to do the same thing to our earth 🙃

  23. Ryan Febrian

    Ryan Febrian

    16 napja

    Kinda laggy?

  24. Townys 85

    Townys 85

    16 napja


  25. Mmina Maclang

    Mmina Maclang

    17 napja

    John, you've done it again.

  26. reinahlee


    18 napja

    8:08 caterpie pokemon

  27. ArsonPeaPlayz


    18 napja

    Please guys, try not to give him an existential crisis. "This is a handprint... not a hand." *Here we go.*

  28. Thom35UO


    21 napja

    Wow. Humans are really obsessed with themselves.

  29. kappa


    21 napja

    Shout out to the real hero who discovered the cave! Rip Robot you legend...

  30. C. Schitz Popinov

    C. Schitz Popinov

    25 napja

    Were you trying to make me cry?...

  31. Holy Spoom Stealer

    Holy Spoom Stealer

    25 napja

    If crash course did not exist I would not have passed my classes you guys are like the fun extra curricular after school activities that kids might get bullied for because they don’t understand how someone could enjoy that

  32. Prince_7557


    26 napja

    Art is a sign of times granted I’m unsure and pretty confident that way back then they didn’t consider it art, but art is always something that has changed with the times and has adapted from the world around it be it fiction or non fiction art is a symbol and is something people are naturally attracted to it allows expression and also individuality to shine thought most can look at all the art in the world and find one piece that speaks to them

  33. Sgt. S. Muffins

    Sgt. S. Muffins

    27 napja

    Hey kids see this cool cave? Yeah you can't go in there. The end : )

  34. Whyuwatchme


    27 napja

    I feel like I watched a movie

  35. Dustin Mullins

    Dustin Mullins

    27 napja

    “You are not new” god damn this channel blows me away

  36. Aurorafae


    27 napja

    I found myself with tears in my eyes, my heart full; I am so moved. Thank you for this, Kurzgesagt.

  37. Dymph R Peeters

    Dymph R Peeters

    27 napja

    I feel like the hands are a form of connecting to the earth, to nature, to 'this place'(meaning the cave). Us humans do everything with our hands and it makes us stand out as a species. We discover new objects by feeling it. We greet others by giving them a handshake or show sympathy by putting a hand on their shoulder. I feel like hands might be our way of connecting to the outer world. I also think of what would go through my own mind as a child doing the hand tracing. And i guess yea. That was mostly because it's a convenient 'object' to trace when you have no other artistical talent so you just.. you know.. trace that weirdly shaped but beautiful tool on the end of your arm.

  38. Pokepoke18


    28 napja

    This is so cool that humans do the hand thing thousands of years later, like dude- uuugh.. its so coooooool

  39. Theodore Roosevelt

    Theodore Roosevelt

    28 napja

    **cave man decided to plaint his hand and touch a wall with it instead of blowing** John Green: "Hey that's illegal!"

  40. Ouroboros


    28 napja


  41. Joy Welch

    Joy Welch

    29 napja

    The tangy novel synthetically pull because pants neurophysiologically mark times a possible expansion. guiltless, fat faulty zoology

  42. Joy Welch

    Joy Welch

    29 napja

    The scary link ultrastructually bump because antarctica preliminarily pull as a garrulous melody. hypnotic, white history

  43. Clyde Morgan

    Clyde Morgan

    29 napja

    Now we know why children take crayons and draw on walls in our homes.

  44. WHAP Vault

    WHAP Vault

    29 napja

    John green is a lot more calm here than in crash course!

  45. bfubfa no

    bfubfa no

    29 napja

    this is the best thing i have ever seen

  46. DaGreenCat



    Hand stencils are census

  47. caleb wampler

    caleb wampler


    I watched this video around the time it came out, since then I’ve found his podcast, listened to every episode, and I’m now reading this chapter in his book.




    i swear I love this youtube channel

  49. Zebulous



    Signatures? The hands remind me of Death Stranding.

  50. Late



    I wish we never invent a time machine so we can experience this as a past.

  51. Jessica Cheeri

    Jessica Cheeri


    John Green is very good at hitting that "appreciation for the pathos of the passage of time" tone both in writing this ep and in the voice over

  52. ChantingFlower



    John Green managing to make me happy cry out of awe IS AT IT AGAIN

  53. Go Jays

    Go Jays


    Good boy Robot

  54. Aaron Savage

    Aaron Savage


    I was just to the part at which he talks about hope when a loud, stupid ad played. It reminded me that humanity is a disease and our extinction cannot come quickly enough.

  55. Why Should I Care History

    Why Should I Care History


    I’m a fan of how this vocal reading is different than the essay is written in the physical book. I wonder if the book is just closer to what he was trying to say or if he intentionally presented the information differently because of the different mediums

  56. The Shekhar

    The Shekhar


    DUDE! It was so beautiful!!

  57. MyNamesNoah



    And now we have art of anime girls in sexual poses and other stuff. Ah yes, art has advanced

  58. Julius Sempai

    Julius Sempai


    I'm not crying, I swear, I'm not... me? naaaaawww

  59. Jacob P

    Jacob P


    It makes me happy that y'all are friends with John and Hank

  60. Imperium Reviews

    Imperium Reviews


    I don't understand what drives a person to vote these videos down

    • Zippy Parakeet

      Zippy Parakeet


      Either science deniers (they are on every science video, lol) or probably the change in narration.

  61. set123



    This narrator is wank.

  62. Supreme GMB

    Supreme GMB


    Wow you really know where to put those ads to ruin the moment at the perfect time.

    • Zippy Parakeet

      Zippy Parakeet


      Should they not make money off their hard work?

  63. Francesca Kyanda

    Francesca Kyanda


    Why did this make me emotional, gah

  64. Lea Werner

    Lea Werner


    Interesting how the dog's name is robot but the first robot wasn't even invented yet in the year 1940 🤔

    • Magnus Peacock

      Magnus Peacock


      The word didn't originally mean what it does today.

  65. Ronen Aprils

    Ronen Aprils


    well... Robot dog with teenagers?????

  66. Keso Gonzaga

    Keso Gonzaga


    Lol what‘s with the over dramatisation

  67. Bernardo Santos

    Bernardo Santos


    And now we have a book about the Anthropocene reviewed

  68. David Acevedo

    David Acevedo


    You ruined this video by entertaining the anthroposcene.. An epoch which literally does not exist. Therefore now I can't share this wonderful video.

  69. rd n

    rd n



  70. Eric Taylor

    Eric Taylor


    Imagine those kids thinking, "We need to protect this" as the entire rest of their world was being torn to pieces. Pretty amazing.

  71. Eric Taylor

    Eric Taylor


    Imagine in 20 thousand years they will find a cave with 20 thousand year old cave art, and near by a duplicate cave art 17 thousand years older, damaged by mold. Will future anthropologists understand it?

  72. Akash Tripathi

    Akash Tripathi


    Absolutely beautiful narration

  73. Nope



    I don’t understand

  74. lifelessfigure



    - Dad, I want to paint animals on the wall, but I don't know how to use this stupid bone-spray thing... how can I learn? - Stick your hand on this wall that is already ruined by those useless hand prints and try to spray the pigment on it... - Ok 17000 years later: - This art form is so beautiful!! We have to preserve it!!

  75. Hamoud Habibi

    Hamoud Habibi


    Damn wtf I'm crying

  76. JAKG4



    i don't want to see this

  77. Knei



    Its almost been a year since this has come out... Life continues huh

  78. Afirmanta



    Well that is just called overinterpreting and not thinking straight 4:47 art is optional, it's just about that it's fun. It was some kind of entertainment for them and relief. Maybe they also thought about future people to see it. It's not about art at all, it's just about leaving sign that they were here and they choose art because it looks nice. So these are basically most probable reasons why they did have time for this. Btw I think that people have wrong picture in their heads what art is, definitely people are making it something more than it really is. It's just a tool, what really counts is human, his thoughts and emotions

    • Magnus Peacock

      Magnus Peacock


      *_"Almost_* as if art isn't optional" *_Almost_*

  79. Nido Ravensbeard

    Nido Ravensbeard


    “We are fundamentally evil and selfish, if we did not have the system then we’d turn on each other like a pack of animals” I don’t know man, that’s funny as hell to me.

  80. Noeraldin Kabam

    Noeraldin Kabam


    A podcast I wished had an episode every day!

  81. Shamer Zaihan

    Shamer Zaihan


    What if in 20 million years from now earth become a huge parking lot for intergalactic walmart

  82. Starting



    people will be confused on why we like to look at weird images and why we called them "memes"

  83. Katarine Inis

    Katarine Inis


    Oh, so beautiful! ♡

  84. Bunny Bread

    Bunny Bread


    Is it fair if I cry for a minute for that last phrase.

  85. Dr • KB

    Dr • KB


    Damn that was beautiful

  86. BrokenFood



    Your voice, and the way it was animated made the video so much more emotional and beautiful. Keep up the good work

  87. Jörg Sattelmacher

    Jörg Sattelmacher


    What will they think in 17000 years about today's Graffiti?

  88. Carlos Ibarra

    Carlos Ibarra



  89. Nathan Harding

    Nathan Harding


    We sure can’s called nuclear warfare

  90. Sohini Dutta

    Sohini Dutta


    Why did this make me so emotional though...

  91. Rafaelski Arte Portfolio

    Rafaelski Arte Portfolio


    absolutely amazing

  92. Type Axiom

    Type Axiom


    Reading too much into paintings 101

  93. adsfornothing



    *cries* I'm now gonna watch the white star video to get a better mood....oh wait, it's about the depressing end of the universe....the beauty video? nope, existencial crisis, the human era? no, then I feel small and insignificant....anything? can I watch ANYTHING on this channel that doesn't make me deppresive? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

  94. Permanent



    This video means something important

  95. Pax Nemmar

    Pax Nemmar


    it's not only the fact that they were there so the fact that they lived and the fact that we are not permitting fees we are people that have feelings and emotions and the point where Picasso said we have invented nothing that was for a reason that is because these people they drew and they told stories that lasted and they charge people that were fourteen thousand years later and yet those people still devoted everything in they called them primitive but even though those people were real

  96. Fernando M.

    Fernando M.


    For some weird reason, this video made me cry.

  97. cem oğuz

    cem oğuz


    soud and timings in sound is really good with good music.

  98. Chamchamcham10



    What was, will be!

  99. shubham sarang

    shubham sarang


    This guy talks so slow I had to keep the speed at 2x

  100. Brandon Kusnirik

    Brandon Kusnirik


    He then went on to talk about the Taco Bell Breakfast Menu