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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    • Davud Hafizović

      Davud Hafizović

      Mánuði síðan

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

    • RobMare


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

    • poter snipess

      poter snipess

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

    • Z Man

      Z Man

      Mánuði síðan

      hey you guys are awsome

    • Lawn Hair Lawn Care

      Lawn Hair Lawn Care

      2 mánuðum síðan

      I’d like to see a dna poster and a eukaryotic and prokaryotic educational poster

  • Jeremy Phillips

    Jeremy Phillips

    8 klukkustundum síðan

    What would you guess are the additional tools in humans' unusually diverse intelligence toolkit represented by the new symbols at 7:55? I'm guessing the first three are probably spoken language, writing and music and the last one mathematics, but I don't know what the geometric shapes or intertwined circles might represent. Any ideas?

  • Nick Martin

    Nick Martin

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    You guys should definitely make a video game.

  • Wriestheart


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Lack of long term thinking is probably going to be the cause of our extinction at this point.

  • TetrahedronaL


    Degi Síðan síðan

    if anybody fucken hurts the jelly bean ant I'm going to murder them with an unsharpened glass shard

  • Actual Potato

    Actual Potato

    2 dögum síðan

    Sad no ones talking about Gromit at 7:42

  • Purn Bhadra Goswami

    Purn Bhadra Goswami

    3 dögum síðan

    Please make a game like this

  • Kukorcraft


    3 dögum síðan

    Hello, it's like a video game.

  • Chinese Communist Party

    Chinese Communist Party

    4 dögum síðan

    u r cool

  • Kremitthefroggo


    4 dögum síðan

    Same. That’s why I live near a Crematorium.

  • Adva trix

    Adva trix

    6 dögum síðan

    Epic game

    can i get it?

  • Powre Punch

    Powre Punch

    6 dögum síðan

    Math teacher screaming at students
    "You all have the toolbox you just have to use it!" 8:44

  • Ronin Nozlo

    Ronin Nozlo

    7 dögum síðan

    please teach me taxes

  • No No

    No No

    8 dögum síðan

    These individual aspects of intelligence should be named so we can have a forum to philosophically argue further about definition and importance of individual traits!

  • Jamier Veanne Villegas

    Jamier Veanne Villegas

    9 dögum síðan

    Kurzgesagt: to make this even more complicated
    Me : big brain time

  • Liheng Fu

    Liheng Fu

    10 dögum síðan

    can you create a game with this video? It will be a great game

  • Kevin Munger

    Kevin Munger

    10 dögum síðan

    I am damaged, but I are smarts. Ar ar ar ar. I know many peers whom are less educated than I am yet they are smarter than me. Too many people mistake low formal education with ability. These are usually people whom esteem credentials. I decided during my degree phase that I was tired of demonstrating an ability to regurgitate. I work in labor. I can construct a Sunday size themed puzzle. My longest anagram is sixteen characters (no record). Guns sung gnus snug.
    After chaos, animals are the first to return to form.

  • romandelrosario


    11 dögum síðan

    did anyone see togepi in the video

  • Science Floffz

    Science Floffz

    11 dögum síðan

    Did anyone else notice Gromit peeping out of the flock of sheep?? :D

  • Team Seven

    Team Seven

    11 dögum síðan

    Good strategies 😊

  • Trace play games And pianos

    Trace play games And pianos

    12 dögum síðan

    This would be a really cool game

  • The-Anh Pham

    The-Anh Pham

    12 dögum síðan

    i would love to play a game like this

  • thenetisthebeast


    13 dögum síðan

    Well, its not religion nor is it artificial
    A.I. =Alien intelligence

  • Rick Van Oordt

    Rick Van Oordt

    14 dögum síðan

    Surrounding yourself with good people is the most intelligent thing one can do. Reality counters wishful thinking in a moment that one can have an idea countering ill wills towards others. Martin Luther King Jr was surrounded by similiar minds wishing for peaceful times after reality was bitterly cold for minorities and those who embraced war along with the horrors of the atomic bombs that were never approached as they should have been.
    It is odd we live in a world that people would rally blindly against someone as one can easily subdue the largest crowd. What is your birthday?



    14 dögum síðan

    If you don't hear the voices in your head it means they are silently judging you.
    - Demon in my head

  • Dennis Thompson

    Dennis Thompson

    14 dögum síðan

    The aboard phone originally rot because weed thirdly bow but a lame comparison. axiomatic, chivalrous pasta

  • Nathan D'souza

    Nathan D'souza

    14 dögum síðan

    Raccoons: trying to open the door
    Me: Can't you just break the glass

  • Marco McLeod

    Marco McLeod

    15 dögum síðan

    This was probably the best explained video they ever made

  • Timea Tang

    Timea Tang

    16 dögum síðan

    The animation is GREAT.

  • Shin thant te aung

    Shin thant te aung

    17 dögum síðan

    Ayyyy. Wallace and gromit easter egg!

  • Ladybird2727 VODs

    Ladybird2727 VODs

    17 dögum síðan

    british people be like "space rocket"

  • Wayne


    17 dögum síðan

    Curiosity is the root to intelligence.

  • Sam S Gaming

    Sam S Gaming

    18 dögum síðan

    Intelligence has been defined in many ways: the capacity for logic, understanding, self-awareness, learning, emotional knowledge, reasoning, planning, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving. More generally, it can be described as the ability to perceive or infer information, and to retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviors within an environment or context.

    Intelligence is most often studied in humans but has also been observed in both non-human animals and in plants despite controversy as to whether some of these forms of life exhibit intelligence.[1][2] Intelligence in computers or other machines is called artificial intelligence.

  • Speedy Gandalf

    Speedy Gandalf

    18 dögum síðan

    Albert Einstein has possessed a racoon.

  • IAmSeamonkey


    18 dögum síðan

    i feel like each one of the advanced tools should get it's own video. they're alot more complex on their own.

  • Newbroken


    19 dögum síðan

    Intelligence and human hands is great compination. Hands is our tools so we can use pragmatic intelligence.

  • Newbroken


    19 dögum síðan

    No peoples are stupid... There is different ways to be stupid. There is different ways to be smart. You can appear stupid if you are smart. You can appear like smart if you are stupid. Intelligence can be definated in perspective and how you are comparing... If someone is stupid, it doesn't mean they don't have intelligence. And i believe human language are stopping the inner intelligence a lot.
    Some peoples forget about elements like bad luck, good luck when they are defining intelligence.

  • Andrea Sparks

    Andrea Sparks

    19 dögum síðan

    What the fuck is the animals im trying to learn immin fouth grade

  • Varalakshmi B D

    Varalakshmi B D

    19 dögum síðan

    why is nobody talking about pokemon in the start of the video

  • Insensitive Bastard

    Insensitive Bastard

    19 dögum síðan

    How can intellect be measured? We only have ourselves to measure it one race one planet one people, there is of yet no one else to correct us or tell us yeah we got it right, so how can a fool tell another fool that he/she is a fool "if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree it will believe for the rest of it's life it is stupid" Albert Einstein.

    • Insensitive Bastard

      Insensitive Bastard

      19 dögum síðan

      @Newbroken lol I agree with you, however human stupidity overshadows any intelligence. I could go on but others get offended easily at factual subject matter.

    • Newbroken


      19 dögum síðan

      @Insensitive Bastard what? :S

    • Insensitive Bastard

      Insensitive Bastard

      19 dögum síðan

      @Newbroken yeah I speak 3 languages english, sarcasm, profanity. I do apologize for no adding more of my second language to that

    • Newbroken


      19 dögum síðan

      no peoples are stupid... There is different ways to be stupid. There is different ways to be smart. You can appear stupid if you are smart. You can appear like smart if you are stupid. Intelligence can be definated in perspective and how you are comparing... If someone is stupid, it doesn't mean they don't have intelligence. And i believe human language are stopping the inner intelligence a lot. Some peoples forget about elements like bad luck, good luck when they are defining intelligence.

  • Una Adachi

    Una Adachi

    20 dögum síðan

    I love how the beginning is a reference to spore

  • Mike Qian

    Mike Qian

    20 dögum síðan

    I love those Zelda references😍

  • Emilio Youssef

    Emilio Youssef

    22 dögum síðan

    Kurgesagt just created a representation of intelligence without even mentioning IQ. He really is trying to rase us viewers to not cling to our IQ as our source of proudness. Thank you!

  • muzakir alto

    muzakir alto

    22 dögum síðan

    07:41 that's gromit!

  • SuryaChethanReddy ChennamiReddy

    SuryaChethanReddy ChennamiReddy

    23 dögum síðan

    I can confirm that humans are proud of pokemon. i caught all 388 pokemon in fire red and it was my greatest achievement yet

  • Niccolò P.

    Niccolò P.

    25 dögum síðan

    You should be turned into a public institution

  • R2 B2

    R2 B2

    25 dögum síðan

    This is what spore could have been

  • Aerothick


    25 dögum síðan

    As I was watching this I though: "It could be a great idea for a game." Then it hit me: "Dude, you're already playing this." Life is just amazing. The way it finds solution to keep itself alive it's just amazing.



    26 dögum síðan

    good animation :)

  • alayna george

    alayna george

    26 dögum síðan

    The delirious grade subsequently wander because pizza pathomorphologically trust across a boiling hedge. nappy, innocent gander

  • AltairEgo1


    26 dögum síðan

    I guess Kurzgesagt is a big Zelda fan.

  • Mohamed Harby

    Mohamed Harby

    26 dögum síðan

    قَالَ رَبُّنَا الَّذِي أَعْطَىٰ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ خَلْقَهُ ثُمَّ هَدَىٰ
    [سورة طه آية 50]
    He answered, “Our Lord is the One Who has given everything its ˹distinctive˺ form, then guided ˹it˺.”
    [ Sura Taa-Haa Aya 50 ]

  • the best Edward

    the best Edward

    27 dögum síðan

    Why the hell is your voice so good!!!

  • Mosesaurus 17

    Mosesaurus 17

    27 dögum síðan

    algoritims in our mind would be and interesting topic , why noT?

  • Cibele Vieira

    Cibele Vieira

    27 dögum síðan


  • cable


    27 dögum síðan

    indirectly, this is also good illustration of how to get your bearings before moving forward to greater challenges in life in general

  • MechaPrince


    28 dögum síðan

    I just want to say I would love to play a video game with the Kurzgesagt art style

  • Puvitar Ram

    Puvitar Ram

    28 dögum síðan

    Diamond cuts diamond.
    Hear all and say nothing; See all and feel nothing. Bear all and do nothing; Give all and take nothing; Serve all and be nothing.

  • will_builder8


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  • Jen Romeave

    Jen Romeave

    Mánuði síðan

    7:43 Hey, is that Grommit? 😱😍

  • sandboxTR


    Mánuði síðan

    Hand: gets poked by needle
    Also hand: reaches for it again

  • Jed Dominic T. Vicente

    Jed Dominic T. Vicente

    Mánuði síðan

    You guys should make a game

  • s.u.n. t.a.n

    s.u.n. t.a.n

    Mánuði síðan

    I’ve had at least three existential crises watching these videos.

  • Shayne Buchanan

    Shayne Buchanan

    Mánuði síðan

    7:40 Gromit!

  • Reef Freger

    Reef Freger

    Mánuði síðan

    You should make this a real game

  • محمد منصور

    محمد منصور

    Mánuði síðan

    very good

  • 2632 Abhishek Salunkhe

    2632 Abhishek Salunkhe

    Mánuði síðan

    Anyone else here for animation

  • Sadie Lys-Nik

    Sadie Lys-Nik

    Mánuði síðan

    4:13 out of context

    • Sadie Lys-Nik

      Sadie Lys-Nik

      Mánuði síðan


  • IceLuxray


    Mánuði síðan

    This makes me want to play a puzzle rpg

  • Megan Mattson

    Megan Mattson

    Mánuði síðan

    The addicted subway complimentarily prefer because lisa unlikely desert astride a cooperative sword. combative, humorous quilt

  • Last breath mints

    Last breath mints

    Mánuði síðan

    There was a Zelda reference when the weird creature broke a pot In the part about different solutions

    • Last breath mints

      Last breath mints

      Mánuði síðan

      And Madjoras mask

    • Last breath mints

      Last breath mints

      Mánuði síðan

      Oh yeah and there was a rupee

  • ArvidPbGaming


    Mánuði síðan

    Makes you think about so many things...

  • Kudzi James Rusike

    Kudzi James Rusike

    Mánuði síðan

    Racoons are natural thieves though so doesn't count😅

  • Kamil525


    Mánuði síðan

    Modern intelligence : shit on the floor to assert territory

  • Irfan Akbar

    Irfan Akbar

    Mánuði síðan

    speaking intelligence,
    there's two type of people.
    1. intelligence gave birth to smart people, or
    2. intelligence gave birth to smartass people
    smartass people is who feel smarter and above others.
    In the kind of this kind of video that brought a creative concept of 'what if' to another level,
    there's so many smartass people on the comment. it attract them like honey to bees.
    maybe i'm one of them, that's differ from perspective of course. but i'm sure majority that say that i'm also smartass is actually the smartass community itself, or them.
    because they feel that i offend them, so they attack me. this is some kind of pshycological warfare.
    so in conclusion, the no.2 people, the smartass can be defined as stupid people, stupidest people in precise.
    the no.1 people, smart people, in some kind of phylosophy also stupid people.
    but there's the difference.
    while smart people know that smarter they are, the more lesson they learn, more unsolvable mystery also they learn.
    but in this matter, their intelligence stats in increased. they become more wise, wisdom is reflection of intelligence.
    but the smartass person, they think they're smartess and above other, it limit their perspective of what the can achieve. in reality, their intelligence stats is develop in slow manner by this kinda self gratification.

  • Henrique Machado Moreira

    Henrique Machado Moreira

    Mánuði síðan

    0:40 napoleon fly

  • Erick Chaves Soares

    Erick Chaves Soares

    Mánuði síðan

    5:21 racoon: "sorry, the princess is on another dungeon"

  • Blue Shell

    Blue Shell

    Mánuði síðan

    Ah! Now I finally know what the art form reminds me of.

  • KingoftheNoobs


    Mánuði síðan

    I am american and intelligence is useless

  • mar oung

    mar oung

    Mánuði síðan

    the majoras mask

  • King Ace

    King Ace

    Mánuði síðan

    My dog is so intelligent she constantly tries to outsmart us to receive treats while expending lesser effort.

  • Christopher Pham

    Christopher Pham

    Mánuði síðan

    The burly sushi scilly preach because girl postauricularly wash apud a tight christmas. snobbish, hissing node

  • Leonardo Rodriguez

    Leonardo Rodriguez

    Mánuði síðan

    So... can we kickstart a game by Kurzgesagt? XD

  • Brody R

    Brody R

    Mánuði síðan

    I think I upgraded my planing too high

  • God is great all the time

    God is great all the time

    Mánuði síðan

    My intiligence is simple
    Get food
    Get Serotonin and endorphins a little
    Get my mother fuckin bible because this video needs cleansing creativity is abomination uproot.

  • meaningful way

    meaningful way

    Mánuði síðan

    Then what is thinking
    Is it not intelligence

  • XRnst


    Mánuði síðan

    2:24 wheres the link to the game really looks cool

  • James Ruscheinski

    James Ruscheinski

    Mánuði síðan

    Intelligence consciously programs information from quantum wave function.

  • Mike O

    Mike O

    Mánuði síðan

    Excellent. Being able to bring the big and small together, whatever it is; from a particle to even questions one might ask, is simply difficult to do, one could argue unique in teaching and corporate training. Mic dropped!

  • Reyna B

    Reyna B

    Mánuði síðan

    our generation has been starving for a successor to spore for 13 YEARS dont tease us like this

  • Mochi_Kiti


    Mánuði síðan

    0:05 it's Togepi!

  • Jamie LaCourse

    Jamie LaCourse

    Mánuði síðan

    I'm still wondering why our species was named "homo sapiens"......THAT'S funny........

  • 시그니처 없음

    시그니처 없음

    Mánuði síðan

    5:35 천재네

  • Happtgamer05 For life

    Happtgamer05 For life

    Mánuði síðan

    Was that a Shaun the Sheep reference

  • the stickman animator

    the stickman animator

    Mánuði síðan

    School noooooo kurzgesagt yeaaaaaaa

  • Jarl Karl

    Jarl Karl

    Mánuði síðan

    human are cute

  • Tor Nordmark

    Tor Nordmark

    Mánuði síðan

    Okay, here's my take on intelligence. I am not a scientist, I just like to philosophy.
    Intelligence is the ability to adapt to changing circumstances as well as perceiving hypothetical ones.
    Intelligence stems from emotions. This might sound stupid, but bear with me for a moment.
    What is an emotion? Emotion is a reaction to a situation based on previous experience. What does this mean exactly? Well, in truth, this means that every living being is 'intelligent' for a given value of intelligence. Even a tree feels 'pain'. Not what we consider pain, but they have reactions towards being damaged and often change their environment or themselves as best they can based on experience to some extent. A tree that got burnt grows thicker bark for instance.
    Our own feelings of pain stems from similar ideas. We want to avoid situations and fix them, hence fear as well.
    So I honestly think that the only difference between humans and grass is how many emotions we have, how well we can change our surroundings, and how well we can adapt and improvise to the changing surrounding.

    • Tor Nordmark

      Tor Nordmark

      Mánuði síðan

      @Ryan Simpson If you consider emotions as simply chemical responses, then no. They would not be intelligent. But I consider emotions to be reactions based on past experience. As of now, Artificial Intelligence doesn't truly exist as they follow set guidelines without changing their behavior. But as self-adjust and self-programming software is developed like it is now in time it will adapt to changing circumstances. To adapt it must have preferences for certain things. It "likes" success and "dislikes" failures like all living creatures. From there it must define what failure and success is to itself. At this point we have a cockroach or bacterial intelligence and a simple "Stay alive = good". As it becomes more advanced in its intelligence, more options must be considered and new methods of solving problems is developed. Things that further its existence is good, things that don't is bad. At some stage it may start to consider what something Bad is. Is death really bad? What is bad? Can something Good be Bad? Now we are reaching human intelligence and from every stage it has gained new levels of reasoning that can only exist because it emotes. Human emotions are still "This good, that bad" but so many in such rapid succession that all becomes grey zones and even things that are bad can be good and vice versa, but it ultimately always devolves into "More good, less bad". I guess what I am saying is that true intelligence can only be found by true emotion and humans have reached something of a singularity of intelligence where we are able to think about thinking and what we feel about it.

    • Ryan Simpson

      Ryan Simpson

      Mánuði síðan

      i like this, but what about like intelligence in terms of AI? or computational intelligence (i don't know if that's the right word, but I'm talking about logical things like math and understanding concepts like philosophy) you wouldn't say that involves emotion because emotion is a chemical response in your brain related to your surroundings, what if intelligence is both of these concepts combined, and is actually the link between the complex emotional responses our brains perform and the logical part of it, figuring out what to do with this emotion? i don't know if that makes sense, but i liked your idea in that emotions make us more intelligent and hence more human and i wanted to add to it.

  • Lamsheeper


    Mánuði síðan

    did nobody catch the shawn the sheep reference at 7:40

  • Icöngø


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    There is a breath of the wild Easter egg

  • Sharmin Mumu

    Sharmin Mumu

    Mánuði síðan

    To make this even more complicated,