What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?

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Humans are proud of a lot of things, from particle accelerators, to poetry to pokemon. All of them made possible because of something humans value extremely highly: intelligence.

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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

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    • TheRealIndoRaptor



      You should make a video about ADHD!

    • Davud Hafizović

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      3 hónapja

      I would just like them to be bigger sizes if you can do that

    • RobMare


      3 hónapja

      7:41 there is gromit in the background as an easter egg

    • spoon less

      spoon less

      3 hónapja

      I would love it if you made a game out of survival in your art style

  2. Giorno


    22 órája

    8:08 dr. stone: hold my stone age cola

  3. Рустам Франюк

    Рустам Франюк


    I stared at your evolution map in the merch shop for 2,5 hours at night. Is my insomnia a really goal of your project?)

  4. Gamieplays



    Oh gosh ! My brain ! It's feeling wierd !

  5. stick animations

    stick animations

    2 napja

    I want to play thr game like the animation showed near the start tbh it looks fun

  6. Dimsword35


    2 napja

    i want you to make a Game like What you Animated PLEASE :(



    2 napja

    im WAY to high for this

  8. Raghvendra Singh

    Raghvendra Singh

    2 napja

    Why do we think same problem at same time .what a coincidence 😕

  9. Rehmat Shah

    Rehmat Shah

    3 napja

    1:45 have you seen the state of their own bodies?

  10. KyoSohma _

    KyoSohma _

    3 napja

    They need to come out with this bean ant game. I would totally play it

  11. Veronica Abbott Cazares

    Veronica Abbott Cazares

    4 napja

    Memory is everything. Imagine you have huge amounts of information, but don't know how to use it, yet. Actually, the ability to recall our fails on how to use it are our ''intelligence''. People forget that storing plenty of data is not intelligence, and the ability to recall the data that (remembers us) wasn't useful, or lead to impractical results, is our strength, thus, leading us to be intelligent. Also having little information is enough to develop intelligence, as we try our best to improve, AND use our memory to recall what was useful and what NOT, is what constitutes the basis of intelligence, even with little data. That's creativity, the ability to try another paths, store the results (Memory), and later try another things while recalling what didn't worked, or what worked the most....and so on, till we find exactly what we were looking for (goal fulfilled). So the amount of information is not that important, as being able to store it (Memory). And Learning is based on memory alone. Many people are not huge data collectors, they're just simple people, but they have strong memory. And that's why they know what to do and what not, thanks to Memory, hence, that's what makes them intelligent.

  12. Nit123 Reg456

    Nit123 Reg456

    4 napja

    Dear Kurzgesagt Team could you please make a Video about how the Brain works? The wohle one, like how to learn and think and memorise and doing and oll the other things? Please! ;)

  13. ReadyAimFire


    5 napja

    Max STR, min INT, the dialogues are better that way.

  14. sunkanmi otitolaye

    sunkanmi otitolaye

    5 napja

    I've always maintained that intelligence is based off of Knowledge, that is why things like IQ tests make no sense to me. Personally, the only thing that makes us higher animals is our higher consciousness, NOT higher intelligence.

    • Veronica Abbott Cazares

      Veronica Abbott Cazares

      3 órája

      @sunkanmi otitolaye Yeah I think we're talking closely to a common pojnt, but brains don't work like computers, and brain actiovities can't be fully defined with words. So there's some blurry zones while defining brain funtions. But one thing is sure: knowledge is the ''result'' of having acquired information (stored)...AND...how we mannage it after it was stored. The brain's ability in mantaining it stored (Memory) is like the gatekeeper, we can not control how the brain stores Memory. It's not upto Us. When our brain fails in recalling memories (old information), we lost our knowledge. So that's my point: memory is the Achilles' Heel of Knowledge.

    • Nils



      But IQ tests do not test information knowledge if they are done correctly. But what is relevant for intelligence is methode knowledge. How things work or interact.

    • sunkanmi otitolaye

      sunkanmi otitolaye

      3 napja

      @Veronica Abbott Cazares well, that's what Knowledge basically is, isn't it? Storing Information in memory. We're still driving at the same point. Knowledge is knowing something and for that, you need information and memory, all of it is still Knowledge. For example, you have a 500gb hard drive that's empty, not very useful is it. But then you begin to put information and data on that drive, then it becomes useful. ALL OF IT IS DEFINED AS KNOWLEDGE.

    • Veronica Abbott Cazares

      Veronica Abbott Cazares

      3 napja

      @sunkanmi otitolaye To know something you first need to have a neural network that can store/save that information. Then, you can recall it and USE it, not the inverse. You can't do intelligent activity with no actual information Stored (Memory). That's basic input/output neuroscience.

    • sunkanmi otitolaye

      sunkanmi otitolaye

      3 napja

      @Veronica Abbott Cazares well, if you don't KNOW that something exists, you can't REMEMBER it, so all of it stems from Knowledge. Knowledge is the baseline for everything.

  15. Crunchy Vlog

    Crunchy Vlog

    5 napja

    I love Your Videos and great intellectual information that are very helpful for upgrading our knowledge. Can u pls create a video for us explaining about from which video we should start and to which video we should end and go to another topic? More easily a orderly Playlist !!

  16. A Axolotl

    A Axolotl

    6 napja

    My brain is small

  17. Bunny


    7 napja

    Now I feel like I'm intelligent too🔥🔥

  18. Vintage Electronics

    Vintage Electronics

    7 napja

    When you knew covid 19 was made in a Lab way back in February 2020.

  19. baby pink youngjae agenda

    baby pink youngjae agenda

    7 napja

    Well humans are losing intelligence as we are destroying our own habitat by causing pollution!

  20. atomicskies


    8 napja

    i dont have any of that

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  22. Lazy Do Nothing

    Lazy Do Nothing

    8 napja

    7:32 grommit just chillin back there

  23. Khant Nyi Nyi Thaw

    Khant Nyi Nyi Thaw

    8 napja

    0:05 why is pokemon there.

  24. Max Musterman

    Max Musterman

    8 napja

    Kurzgesagt really has one of best artist and style I ever seen, so good 😂

  25. Fuck My life

    Fuck My life

    9 napja

    Nice game concept😉

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    Jagad Abimanyu

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    Parker Essential

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  28. Tristan Daries

    Tristan Daries

    13 napja

    They make the existence of all life look like Minecraft

  29. Pawinpon Elf Theerawong

    Pawinpon Elf Theerawong

    13 napja

    What is part three about?

  30. Xiang King 祥皇

    Xiang King 祥皇

    14 napja

    Watched tons of great Kurzgesagt Videos. I've learnt how to "Quack".

  31. Frienderman


    15 napja

    1:31, that is the cutest animated thing I have ever seen

  32. Γιαστα


    15 napja


  33. ZFlyingVLover


    16 napja

    Solution to antibiotic resistance. Use antibiotics ONLY for what they're designed. They should be used rarely but doctors prescribe them for everything under the sun and people blindly follow their advice instead of using their 'critical thinking' skills. Most Drs aren't smarter than you. Only trained.

  34. superwhy767


    16 napja

    I even might know some stuff my teacher didnt know

  35. rudhra veena

    rudhra veena

    17 napja

    0:36 tell that to school

  36. Evan Page

    Evan Page

    17 napja

    I feel like this is where the Progressive versus Conservative paradigm become less of a political battle and more of an evolutionary one. Conservatives are literally a step down the ladder on the intellectual evolutionary chain.

  37. Corey Kelly

    Corey Kelly

    17 napja

    The birbs are so damn cute, i cant stand it! Lolll 😍

  38. J Y

    J Y

    18 napja


  39. 0-by-1 Publishing LLC

    0-by-1 Publishing LLC

    18 napja

    (1:10) *"Intelligence isn't exactly clear-cut."* This is an excellent video in outlining the varying degrees of intelligence, but the question remains as to where intelligence comes from. See my channel's description for a revolutionary book titled *"0"* that explains the origin of everything... _including intelligence._

  40. Earthling 6.455.463.728

    Earthling 6.455.463.728

    20 napja

    This was an intelligent video :p

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  43. gsk


    22 napja

    Now I know I'm super intelligent. I can watch, listen to his voice while listening to background music and still understand what he tells 😄

  44. alfoz88


    22 napja

    I love the reference to Zelda: A Link To the Past

  45. Bro Tha

    Bro Tha

    22 napja

    I can see a huge amount of begginer scientist in the next 5 years because of this channel, 15m scientist, it would make world modern, smart and greattt

  46. waranghira


    22 napja

    Do these people create games? So much effort put in an infographic where they could have done less but would have still be adequate enough. Amazing animations.

  47. animals Everywhere 2

    animals Everywhere 2

    23 napja


  48. Shunpike


    25 napja

    Anyone else catch gromet in the background of the sheep

  49. Aamin Khan

    Aamin Khan

    25 napja

    That squirrel got punch 😂

  50. Khant Nyi Nyi Thaw

    Khant Nyi Nyi Thaw

    27 napja

    why is there a pokemon at the start.

  51. Gaming dude

    Gaming dude

    27 napja

    This channel should be streamed on Netflix

  52. LeRohlik


    27 napja

    am a big brain

  53. Twitch_StarLord_


    27 napja

    Can Someone share the links of all the 3 of this "3 part series"? Ty in advance if any1 ever does!

  54. Toumi RAID Islam

    Toumi RAID Islam

    27 napja

    Is there a person from the Arab world?

    • Keeby!


      10 napja


  55. Farid Rosero

    Farid Rosero

    28 napja


  56. Chris


    28 napja

    Where intelligence begins? I wouldn't know

  57. Kev


    28 napja

    Love your channel. You should make a video about how eating only plants affects our bodies and how beneficial it would be for climate change

  58. Marty *

    Marty *

    28 napja

    Why Pokemon?

  59. Megaton Polska

    Megaton Polska


    I gotta get one of those!

  60. Http.Hunter



    Y’all should definitely make a game similar to spore, y’all clearly have the know how to make it an amazingly informative and fun game.

  61. Pradeep



    What a fascinating thing human brain is if we look at from this context. But it's unfortunate many people use it to inflict harm or for religious narratives.

  62. bestwayto doit

    bestwayto doit


    "Sudoku , tax forms and string theory" 😂😂😂

  63. reinahlee



    0:06 Togepi

  64. minecraft sucks

    minecraft sucks


    I'm nearly 12

  65. Malyn Nadira

    Malyn Nadira


    Make a game for Android like the one your showing in this video PLEASE?

  66. Ethan Huck

    Ethan Huck


    i would play that game can u make one

  67. Jely710



    Wait, people on the internet who link their sources? *Impossible!*

  68. Dawid Elting

    Dawid Elting


    8:04 I see majoras mask wtf haha

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  70. Dmitry Volotovsky

    Dmitry Volotovsky


    мне ОЧЕНЬ нравятся твои видео но почему они на английском!

  71. Big Steve

    Big Steve


    That does not look like a bee 😂

  72. lamalamalex



    It’s not a scientist job to declare where it begins. But that of a Philosopher. Check out Objectivism for answers.

  73. lamalamalex



    [Man] survives by means of man-made products, and . . . the source of man-made products is man’s intelligence. Intelligence is the ability to grasp the facts of reality and to deal with them long-range (i.e., conceptually). On the axiom of the primacy of existence, intelligence is man’s most precious attribute. But it has no place in a society ruled by the primacy of consciousness: it is such a society’s deadliest enemy. Today, intelligence is neither recognized nor rewarded, but is being systematically extinguished in a growing flood of brazenly flaunted irrationality. “THE METAPHYSICAL AND THE MAN-MADE” Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, 32

  74. lamalamalex



    Intelligence is not an exclusive monopoly of genius; it is an attribute of all men, and the differences are only a matter of degree. If conditions of existence are destructive to genius, they are destructive to every man, each in proportion to his intelligence. If genius is penalized, so is the faculty of intelligence in every other man. There is only this difference: the average man does not possess the genius’s power of self-confident resistance, and will break much faster; he will give up his mind, in hopeless bewilderment, under the first touch of pressure. “REQUIEM FOR MAN” Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 306

  75. lamalamalex



    Intelligence is the ability to deal with a broad range of abstractions. Whatever a child’s natural endowment, the use of intelligence is an acquired skill. It has to be acquired by a child’s own effort and automatized by his own mind, but adults can help or hinder him in this crucial process. “THE COMPRACHICOS” Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, 58

  76. Tristan Holley

    Tristan Holley


    This video reminds me of the game Spore

  77. beavisrose217



    way too many ads for a 9 minute video.

  78. SpaceX 69

    SpaceX 69


    For one thing, plants are out.

  79. Incognito




  80. Nabeel Ahmed Khan

    Nabeel Ahmed Khan


    I don't where intelligence began but surely not in Trump rallies.

    • Keeby!


      10 napja

      Thats where it died

  81. Nabeel Ahmed Khan

    Nabeel Ahmed Khan


    I don't where intelligence began but surely not in Trump rallies.

  82. Carter T

    Carter T


    You guys need to make Spore 2

  83. Bingus



    Um, my toolbox is defective, it's missing some stuff

  84. Willn



    When I think my brain is or can be more powerful than 86,000 processors

  85. Sapphire Courtney

    Sapphire Courtney


    That thumbs nail was thinking felt cute might delete later idk

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  89. Will C

    Will C


    Majora's Mask

  90. Ngân siêng năng

    Ngân siêng năng


    Now i'm using my intelligence to understand what it is

  91. Andrew Godly

    Andrew Godly


    Some humans value intelligence, not all do. It's hard to say that intelligence is problem solving when every "solution" is a new problem. Solve world hunger and all that comes of it is over population. The desire to grow indefinitely is not intelligence, if it was then viruses are intelligent

  92. Some Random Costarrican Dude Who Loves Psychedelics

    Some Random Costarrican Dude Who Loves Psychedelics


    I am proud of Pokemon indeed.

  93. Simpellux



    It will be amazing to play the game that the two children were playing at the video

  94. Milo demás

    Milo demás


    35 45 m

  95. Szobiz



    it begins in your brain and ends in mine ;)

  96. Scrumt



    Honestly I think us humans are just full of ourselves because we have flexible tongues and can communicate.

  97. Michael Thomas

    Michael Thomas


    lil michy

  98. Ben Rodriguez

    Ben Rodriguez


    Payton big head

  99. Ben Rodriguez

    Ben Rodriguez



  100. Uttaran Roy

    Uttaran Roy


    Nice video ❤🔥