The Future Of Reasoning

Publicerades den 28 apr 2021
This video was created in partnership with Bill Gates and was inspired by his new book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” Find out more here:
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MinuteEarth video on how greenhouse gasses work:
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"The Enigma of Reason" by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber:
"Do You Know Yourself?" Mind Field S1E8
Jonathan Haidt's famous "emotional dog" paper about moral reasoning:
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  • Simply Brilliant, The REASON for Unity.

  • So what is the reason to study reasoning?

  • BABE WAKE UP, NEW VSAUCE VIDEO aww man these videos bring me back, i miss em

  • 2 Mins in this seems like anti global warming propaganda *3 mins in starts talking about greenhouse gases*

  • I missed this.

  • Oh hey there i havent watched vsauce for quite sometime now. Imma watch it now

  • Still the best channel on SEnewss.

  • Everyone would be better off if the stopped taking money from Bill. Bills wingman didn't kill himself.

  • ok sir you didnt even define the mind

  • ok once it got to Lottocracy my impression of this content totally changed. Im fucking so curious about if lottocracy is a legitimately good idea now. I can think of a couple problems but i mean i can think of a thousand with our present system

  • Thank you Michael no matter how long it takes to get videos out, I always love the journey.

  • all you need is small but incremental changes to policies - even the most stupborn monkeys will sooner or later be doing the right things. The number one problem is interests of powerful corporations and their ability to directly pay their way into law. If the production of laws was based on research/science and progressive logic we would be always correcting the course well in time. However our society is organised badly. no need to write more

  • You know Vsauce is a good episode when everything you think of typing down, Michael answered. Like a fortune cookie that everything can apply to your real world problems.

  • "Hyper object" - "Space Oddysey 2001" (opening scene with the monkeys and the monolith) - anyone?

  • This is why I love VSauce. You see, when we are reading about Aristoteles, Plato and all other philosophers, we tendo to first read their conclusions about something like, reasoning. At first, it maybe a little confusing, but after reading some examples we can understand how they come with their theories. Michael goes the other way around. We begin theorizing and then we come up with the same conclusions theses philosophers reached. You may say "well, that is the whole *reason* of this video". Yeah, you are right, but I had to say it nonethless.

  • Can you do a video on the fallibility of evolution theory, please?

  • 25:26. MIND BLOW!

  • This is too much for me to process 🤯

  • nice climate change propaganda

  • I always thought that a voting system, kind of like how we up or downvote SEnewss videos, or Reddit posts, would be a great way to implement laws and decisions. Maybe one day the world will work that way. But then again, when the internet votes on things you end up with stuff like Boaty McBoatface, Gushing Granny, or a city dump named after Fred Durst.

  • great video except that Bill Gates book is a corporate welfare joke and so so so short of what actually needs to happen.

  • Being that this was created "in partnership" with Bill Gates, it is not at all surprising that the solution to every problem that finance capitalism creates... is more capitalism - "smarter capitalism". After all, Microsoft can't sustain let alone grow its business model without extracting resources from areas where people are literally enslaved.

  • Holo coin and Cardano(ada) gotta big ass

  • I am still thinking, that I might be breathing some of your particles right now Michael.

  • I'll have to challenge your assumption that we haven't found intelligent life outside our solar system at about the 5 min mark. We actually have , its been documented and leaked by countless whistle-blowers and it just so happens that the Govt slipped in a UFO information release over the next 180 days from the start of the covid bill signing. We aren't alone and never have been alone. The full disclosure is coming soon! Great video brorha 💪

  • Lotocracy is a terrible idea.

  • If you can't use reason to understand that WTC 7 was a controlled demolition, just give up. You're brainwashed. He's wrong. The world IS a logic puzzle when everything you've been told is a lie.

  • People are beginning to realize Bill Gates is a fraud, so he gets Michael to help promote his self serving agenda. That should be the title of this book.

  • Paul has his eyes shut, maybe he is blind. Definetly, we don't know whether he is looking at Mary.

  • "And if your Lord had willed, He could have made mankind one community; but they will not cease to differ," Quran 11:118

  • To answer your questions "how do we ... ?". The answer is, we don't. Each solution we come up with will be a problem somewhere else. In the past we were insignificant enough that the environment was able to absorb and disperse our "solutions". That is no longer possible. The only real, effective solution is less people. A lot less people. But that brings problems of its own. Oops.

  • blink twice if you're lying.

  • Very interesting and important video

  • imagine hope. imagine hoping. this is nice

  • Aww man you, Mark Rober. Wtf dudes?? You are working with the Devil!? Money that good???

  • I think it would be a good idea to introduce easier methods of doing census's or national scale surveys. In that decisions don't have to be made by the few in power, but they simply raise the questions. With an advanced way of allowing every person in the country to express their opinion, we would witness the truest form of democracy.

  • One of the best. Thanks for posting!

  • The Internet has exponentially increased the innovation capabilities of human beings.... OR is it! The twitter trends and numerous discussions in facebook comments sections has demonstrated that people consider themselves as intellectuals just by googling on the internet and reading lumps of words published on it by some nitwit rather than the one who has actually spend considerable time of his life in acedemics and experimentations! INTERNET... might be the GREAT FILTER!

  • The govts should talk about how they can control and manipulate weather before getting everyone off fossil fuels

  • This is why we need communism

    • Based. Notice he never mentioned capitalism. What the hell

  • I swear to goodness I'm cut from a different cloth... "between similar items why do we prefer the item with more functions even if we never plan on using them or they are convoluted?" OH yes I know *raises hand ✋* Michael pick me! "Well, it might be..." I know this one Michael! Though I never plan on using them, there Is no downside in having them extra and not using them. Then, if I ever end up needed them I have them for later, or if I get bored I can toy with the overly complicated functions and learn them! Which in turn could be useful knowledge later! "It's easier to justify to others" ah I feel like I'm the only person who doesn't give a shit about what others think. People are just animals in the same forest I am, one comes by says hi, I reply give em a pet and be on my way. One comes up and growls I keep trotting by; tail wagging, one gets to close while growling... I roar; dent the floral floor with my paw, bare fang to drag out a whimper, then continue on. People can snicker and sneer, "what are you stupid? How lame, you didn't even know to get the earbuds that lick your ear canal clean in-between each song, see look everyone has them, you don't want to be left out do you? Stupid people like you shouldn't even be allowed to listen to music.."... uhhhh actually it was really hard for me to find earbuds with no ear licking mechanism, they don't really sell them anymore besides at Earbuds Plus and Stuff on the corner by the liquor store. Took me 2 months to find some, that was 2 months with no earbuds. "NO... I would die without my ear licking earbuds that spoon feed me jello!". Just stop man, justify actions on your own behalf not others. It's so sickening how infectious the hive mind is, but also so amazing how much we can share information. Tbh, I think the costs will outway the benefits within a decade or 2. I'm only 22 so unfortunately I'll most likely have to live through it. Unless my Lord grants me a reprieve. Stay you, and stay unique, but don't *TRY* to be different. If you really do like ear licking; jello feeding ear buds than have at it. Much love to all my fellow men and women, ladies and gentlemen, boys and gals!

  • after listening to his reasons about the reasoning I now have a reason to say I dont understand anything he is saying. have a nice day

    • It's because he's avoiding using words of class struggle, individualism, capitalism and alienation. These are all Marxist concepts he could easily weave into what he's talking about but he doesn't. It's a little concerning. Basically he's saying although capitalism has increased "access to opportunity" by increasing most peoples6aggregate living standards around the world, our governments have mostly failed to make reasonable calculated decisions to keep up with people's rising needs. This is leading to a retreat to people just developing their own lives and competing for resources with the government responding most urgently to the interests of capital and the business class. Votes are meaningless when you only each get one, but the rich person can multiply their votes in the form of money. Politicians therefore are just people who seek elected office and become corrupt or were power hungry in the first place and only received votes to gain power. So why not elect people like in a jury system? Make elected representatives a lottery system. This is because reasoning is better when there is a back and forth, when there is a diversity of opinion, and this may better be achieved by non-career politicians. Let me know if you're still confused.

  • So what's our reasoning for having presidents and queens or kings anymore, if a collective mind comes to a better solution to a problem, what's the reasoning for having such pillar heads?

    • Decoration, tradition, symbolism. But you're right they've gotta go

  • Amazing how every single video you make blows my mind..

  • This video is over 9000 on the awesome-o-meter

  • This wave of dislikes at 3:15

  • It seems like humanity is heavily limited by biology/ physiology, in terms of our decisions and priorities being so biased to biological imperatives. But if the rational ideal is higher quality humans until we can evolve ourselves and deprecate the current version of humanity, by avoiding cascading negative genetics and environment conditions that could lead to extinction, then would the imperative to be a superior consciousness be lost or less relevant? It seems the biggest problem is communication between people and organisations/ sharing data, and 'understanding' massively complex systems in real time. Maybe an AI could do it and outline goals for different strategies, depending on whether the objective is to make homo sapiens last for billions of years, or whether to optimise for efficiency and either rapidly evolve humanity, or just rapidly evolve a non human origin sentience that could continue to acquire data from the universe and grow.. But then without that biological imperative, what would be the point of acquiring data and growing? Would you become like a sentient black hole that just consumes with no actual goal than to consume?

  • I see what you did there.. I came on this vid through some clickbait and had no idea what to expect but the title sounded interesting. Right at the start you made two fundamental nonsensic statements that raised my eyebrows, until I saw that you're actually just a paid comedian for the Gates circus. You're not even hiding the fact that you're a soundboard for his new book. No surprise there is a massive amount of paid thumbs up. The two initial statements, that basically destroy all further reasoning: 1. Perceiving the individual's brain (=mind) as just a piece on a chestboard, while all other information and tools out there are actually a collective Extention of the individual, therefore could be perceived as the "collective" mind. This is utter nonsense. It may be valid in some sci-fi scenario from Star Trek where the Borg only exist in a collective mind and the individual has no freedom of self expression or creative contribution, other than assimilation of all that is external (i.e. a perverted dystopian society that can only dreamed up by a sick mind for humanity, like Gates..), but the human civilization does not stem from a central mind that expanded and assimilated all it encounters, to strip it from value of self. The human civilization has thrived and has reached its current state BECAUSE of the ability of the individual to be free in thought and expression. Without this individuality, humanity would not progress, as it would not be able to meet challenges laid before it, for lack of creativity that is needed on an individual level. Each human mind is much more like a funnel, when it comes to external tools and information: it is not just a piece in the broader collective that can be called "The Mind", but it is a separate entity. WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS. The human mind filters all that comes in and dissects and interprets these on an individual level. This singular process is what results in an unbiased outcome where something new is born. The great composers, scientists, leaders, sportsmen would never have achieved anything without their individual ability to interpret information and translate it to action by their own design and decision. By talking about the "collective" mind, the agenda of assimilation is pushed, which is pretty much the loss of freedom of the individual. It reflects the thinking of people who look down on humanity as merely a "tool" for purposes that they consider "sacred". Like Gates, perceiving humanity as merely a tool for his "divine" goals. 2. "We need to release zero". Well, this is the most unscientific bomb ever :D "Emissions are our enemy". Sure buddy, just like viruses our, yeah?.. The demonizing of all that is part of nature is basically raising walls AGAINST nature, instead of realizing that we ARE nature. We ARE a part of it and if we fight nature, we fight ourselves, we fight our very existence. Just like our bodies need viruses, needed them for millions of years to develop our current immune systems, the same way we nature needs emissions, so that the cycle of life can be maintained. What you actually meant is that there should be BALANCE in how much we emit versus how much the planet can absorb and transform. Photosynthesis is a basic principle that a software seller might not be familiar with, but is the essential part of life. No carbondioxide, no plant life. No plant life, no oxigen. No oxigen, no humanity. The difference between survival and extinction is in HOW MUCH emission can be a sustainable part of the cycle. Not that emission should be ZERO. Now, of course this whole propaganda video is just to make people scared so we cut back on emissions and the "zero emission" mantra is a blatant lie and you know it. I don't mind this bone, if it would lead to results of sustainability, the masses will just swallow whatever you push down their throats anyway. But the issue is the means: Bill Gates does not aim for harmony, because he has no clue what that is. He sees enemies: in viruses, in emissions, in societies, in human thinking in general. As a result, he only sees wars as a possibility to encounter all that he perceives as "bad". As soon as you start fighting something that is part of nature however, you make things much, much worse. Gates tries to fight viruses in Africa by developing vaccines against illnesses that simply reemerge and cannot be stopped, but the weakened immune systems of the vaccinated make them much more susceptible to illnesses and the net result is more people dying, epidemics, much more virulent and heavier strains, etc. The same way, he wants to fight emissions by buying up land and developing GMO crops, so we all turn vegan and thus less "emmissions" occur through mass meat production. His fundamental flaw in thinking is that this way, not only will we destroy the natural soil much faster (as mass crops will be exploiting farmland faster than smallholder cattle that graze and reinvigorate farmland), but through GMO manipulation the human genome will get weakened immune systems and be deprived of micronutrient-rich soil products. The net result is a systematic destruction of human health. Mass meat production is a crime, no doubt about it. Few people know however that it is only about 30% of global meat production: the vast majority is still from smallholders. But the solution should be by regulating the profit-driven corporations and force them to implement grazing animals set free, instead of speeding up production in batteries and cages. Gates uses the dark side of the meat industry to judge on meat consumption as a whole, which is the biggest lie ever. Don't believe the hype of these clowns, unless you want to eat fake meat made of maggots in 10 years from now, maggots that live on GMO crops.

    • Lol ok buddy go back to your info wars

    • Interesting points. But i want to ask you a question, do you believe all viruses don't need to eradicated, do you also think that bill gates wants to get rid of the inoffensive or good viruses(i assume that's a yes, so how, you mean intentionally, like he planned fot every single one, even the innofensive)? I can see how Bill's gate's hypocrisy would lead to more zoonotic diseases. But are you also aware that some viruses cannot be made pace with, and they aren't a part of you, they will just kill people, they don't help the environment much, not all viruses do Yes, the solution isn't entirely about killing people, or viruses. And from what you've said bill gates tried to fight viruses, but he didnt do properly, which means it's still ok to fight them if youre doing it right ans you do a good job at it. It should be about killing the really bad viruses, but also mentaining that balance you're talking about. Otherwise: - what's the point of the system, do we need to return back to the old ways, with herbs and nothing more -should we give up on all this progress that have been made

  • Perhaps schools need to actually teach critical thinking and how to reason better!

    • Sure, but also introduce yearly civics classes and reform our politics to be a lottery/jury system

  • Brilliant video, I like your ideology

  • This video can literally create world peace

  • Love the music. If I were able, I'd say much the same with that concision. Humans are easily manipulated - because of their sociality. Psychologists use the convincing deception of 5-6-year-olds as a mark of intelligence. For deliberative democracy to work, a large percentage of the population would need to have a fair understanding of human psychology and sociology to know and accept our human conditions or bias. I see so much binary or black and white type of thinking, and 'belief' of facts being what your peers tell you. Australian schooling may have deliberately omitted logic as an essential life tool. In my rural region, there are many with borderline personality disorder. Many were neglected in early childhood, as the rural region has been for 120 years. We appear to be going into a similar situation as those in the isolated Middle Ages. [Many concentrate within a narrow range of Facebook contacts, but in reality have little information of the outer world or even the 'outsiders' living inside the region.] One must have a range of life experiences over years to gain multi-perspectives, as well as research history. The more surveys we do, with a range of people from differing cultures, ages, politicians to the homeless, the better we feel that we have 'reason' of what may be appropriate in a diverse society. We must know from healthy to various health conditions also. What we aren't talking about is a consensus over the reality of humans being in a range of mentalities from psycho-sociopathic, without empathy for other beings, to those who give their lives for humanitarian purposes. Between the Wolves and the Sheep, there are even the disadvantaged who become the abusers of others. Our politicians speak of competition, and our state then seems to reflect this with a high rate of scamming and parasitic behaviour evolving into local area's as they dangle carrots to the locals [to rip up the railway line for nebulous reasons]. There's little logic here. Our local media is very restricted, and people repeat the same actions - expecting a different result. Or perhaps they just get involved in very fragmented environmental groups to be involved in a peer group or club. Yes, humans do things to be social and accepted by even tiny groups. With psychopathic narcissistic behaviour or BPD, those desiring power or the centre of attention, state governments encourage employment in agencies that once advocated for local human rights. Old staff are replaced with those agreeing with government neglect, and the reasoning used along this channel. We truly already have an Orwellian takeover, but stealthily done over decades, few have looked or attempted reasoning using a diverse range of alternative perspectives. Youth won't notice when their hands resemble a 'smart' phone one day. They will be connected! It's human nature to avoid life's horror or reality using natural endorphins and a loss of memory. Volcanoes explode, and the next generation rebuilds on the volcanic slopes. Full and logical reasoning may be nowhere near any average of what people think. Witches may yet be burned. Messengers are shot. I ask my friends what they think about matters. My father played devil's advocate. Buddhism suggests we question our own thoughts, or at least not attach ourselves too closely to them. Family and friends are mostly gone. Humanitarians who would have saved the day exposing our terrible neglect; have died, or been made uncontactable. Covid is the coating of an iceberg. If we're ill and can't drive, we can't escape our hell in paradise. There's no one around to communicate face-to-face in a relaxed non-commercial environment. Some say new community services, where people are driven around instead of allowed the freedom to travel independently, are like paying to have prison guards or chaperones and limiting where one goes. There's no rationality or logic, when people just accept this, as they have no perspective of over 50 years of the region's history. Tree changers don't know we had quite a reasonable rail-based transport system in the sixties. Some of the youth think kayaking in our polluted rivers is a form of public transport. People have no comparisons to ponder in small-town parochial thinking. Some do not want to think about reality, and will avoid any in-depth discussion. I asked someone I knew in a village street, after my 'spiel' on reality, what he thought. He said it's a bit 'In Your Face' for some. Sometimes people on the autistic spectrum wish to get to the point, and talk of the awful things in reality, that many I now see, avoid because there in pain and focused on themselves. They're on antidepressants and such, and have illogical thoughts, such as, 'Think positively, or be optimistic, and things will change that way"! I attend human rights meetings, and nothing pragmatic comes of it. The talk on 'Democracy' had not even mentioned the word. Our state government department renamed state rail, as 'transport for the future', while equally saying it wishes to 'divest itself' of all public assets. How can there be logic and reasoning when we use words like 'future-proofing' which puts people in stupefied mode, accepting a word without clarifying its meaning. Are we moving into 'triple-speak' from Orwellian 'double-speak' where the true intention of eradicating the future, is boldly said as if it meant something vaguely opposite? Even 'future-guaranteeing' is extremely vague. We are in a 'fast world', with no time to really communicate properly or deeply, and now being kept divided and separated, with no means of meeting a diverse range of folk, as one does travelling by longer distance rail services.

  • The Sun is going to destroy the planet anyways the most important thing is Intergalactic travel terraforming and living forever

  • Nice

  • Most of us humans have prejudices and laziness and identity to which we associate ourselves . Once we have had associated ourselves to a particular identity we can't make unbiased decisions . In the ancient Indian spiritual education system , the students were told "aham brahmasami" (meaning that they are a part of the universe). I feel that having this identity helps in being less baised while taking descisions . It's beneficial for us to reason correctly because if we have the right ideas we will take better actions leading to a better life . Leaving pride , ego , identity while resoning is the best thing to do , having this attitude really yeilds tremendous fruits in life , I can tell by personal experience .

    • You also need correction. That can only be gained by changing perspectives. But we all have a limit to that. We might be biased all the time, without seeing our flaws.

  • Lottocracy sounds cool... until you remember serial killers exist...

    • But you'd never have a panel of all serial killers. You don't worry about this happening in a jury, why worry in sortition/lottocracy?

  • Imagine getting stoned with this guy

  • To what extent can we reason on things we do not understand? What conclusions does this lead to and is the goal to approach consensus (e.g. reduce conflict) although the conclusions be far from accurate?

    • It will be like making efforts all the time and mistakes

  • Damn, I missed you Michael.

  • If reason is so great, why isn't there a reason 2?

  • I see...

  • Oh, thank goodness Michael is back with another VSauce episode! I almost recovered from my last existential funk caused by a previous entry. We can't let that happen, now can we?

  • the future of reasoning..... is non existent....... in schools

  • the organ we use to reason... "takes his hands down" me: uh dude.... not that .... "brings out brain" ... oh uh yes i knew that....or did i.....

  • Haidt had a great analogy for this. We like to think that reason is the cart driver and emotion is the horse pulling it--that our reason keeps us going in the right direction, without waivering on the whims of where our emotions want to go. In fact, it's more like the other way around. Emotion is the driver, and it steers reason wherever it likes.

  • I literally learn more from Vsauce videos than my entire time at school

  • Excellent episode. Very thought-provoking. And I think the lottocracy idea is actually rather good. Maybe you could expand the idea so that instead of one group of, say, twelve getting together to learn, debate, and come up with a recommendation, there could be multiple groups of twelve, each making a recommendation, and we could see if the majority of these recommendations agree with each other and go from there. By the way, my take on the pronunciation of 'Eratosthenes' is 'air-a-TOSS-thin-knees.'

  • I misss the old music :( very nostalgic

  • The beard is back!

  • Yes

  • It is my fault for not reading the description, thus I was fooled in the first 3 minutes or so thinking this might be an interesting video, and then immediately realized this is a bait-and-switch for yet another video about climate change trying to be forced down my throat. In no way am I saying this is not perhaps an important topic, but I personally did not enjoy being "tricked" into watching something that I personally heard more than enough about already.

  • Thanks for the video, Dad. I loved it. ❤️

  • Quran

  • If we can regrow our-self back to life, it would mean we can clone ourselves, which one is you?, a sure paradox.

  • the global solution to climate change is an authoritarian one

  • The new age philosopher, Vsauce

  • Where is my mind? My mind is at fight club

  • Glad to see him on my youtube recommendations again.

  • well, I did take a Critical thinkin course in college and it was all about logic which after reviewing classwork, I concluded that it was logic but at the same time that "Logic" was/ is the = of reasoning. What do you guys think? logic/reasoning or logic = ""

  • Ohh now I get it ,aliens type something in their hand in certain movies , they just using their brain.

  • I was at work yesterday and some young couple asked to take a pic with me because they thought I was you.

  • Michael explains the human condition in 30 minutes

  • The set is crooked and I want a reason.

  • ahhhhh i cant take no more/

  • I hear that Micheal from Vsauce disappears when our nation needs him most.

  • I wonder if Michael knows how much thought and introspection he is directly responsible for

  • Heyy!! vsauce, michael here

  • I get told I'm your doppelganger on a daily basis. I see it. Kinda creepy.

    • I like your reasoning in this video

  • I was so happy the old Vsauce songs started playing!

  • I really appreciate this content!

  • reason is an escape of reality or demension

  • 10:34 sent my ego tumbling I won’t lie

  • if only many people would try to understand this

  • Every 11:11 i wish to be known in history as someone who taught the world the lessons mentioned in this video.... when we are the ancients i want to be a name in history that allowed humanity to see its potential and pull us out of the end times and bad energy. If the lottery system became actuality and i was chosen, the world would be a much more intuitive place for sure!

  • 59 seconds in and im already amazed

  • Yo mama so big they had to invent a new concept to call her: 4:38.

  • It means the death of freedom and the rise of industrial slavery. It means the destruction of all of earth, the creation of concrete.

  • The jellybean example of how the average answer is closer to correct one doesn't work for complicated issues when voted on by a heavily manipulated, naturally lazy, and uninformed society. It takes a single exceptional mind with accountability to push humanity forward, of course with the aid of intelligent advisors.

    • "Imagine how dumb the average person is, then realize that about half of them are dumber than that"

  • Where is my mind? Way out in the water, see it swimin'

  • Bill Gates, the man who claims he will beat the cc'd but can't stop windows from crashing.