What Is Something?

  • Published: 23 December 2015
  • What is something? On the most fundamental level thinkable, what are things? Why are things? And why do things behave the way they do?

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    • PtJoey
      PtJoey  2 weeks back

      There were never sequels to this, why?

    • Flat Mars Society
      Flat Mars Society  2 months back

      Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell JOKES ON YOU IM USING A SMARTPHONE

    • If not Why not
      If not Why not  2 months back

      @Developer 9 yea thy can it even States in the end of the video why r the thing but seems like thy ignore it for so long

    • Developer 9
      Developer 9  2 months back

      @If not Why not well, I think Kurzgesagt cannot make a video on this topic.

    • If not Why not
      If not Why not  2 months back

      But why r the things tho plz kurzgesagt make that video

  • jeric_ synergy
    jeric_ synergy  4 hours back

    1.4K people disliked. I wonder why.

    • zildjian1884
      zildjian1884  17 hours back

      2:28 ... ouch

      • Joe Black
        Joe Black  17 hours back

        The thing that most people do not realise about matter is that it does not matter if it's barely tangible. We touch something 'solid' and we are filled with the conviction that it must be substantial - And therefore the bits that make up the matter must also be substantial.
        But no. Everything we touch need only be as substantial as the bits we ourselves are made up of. If the bits we ourselves and the things we touch are made up of are almost infinitely insubstantial then that's just fine. Everything still works.

        • Kokotník Horák
          Kokotník Horák  2 days back

          Nothing does not exist. Even if you have particle-free space, you still have the "nothing" in there, so there is something

        • mrrobot Dedsec
          mrrobot Dedsec  2 days back

          oh boy here we go again

        • Дмитрий Кравченко

          Love that bird at the beginning asking itself a fundamental question and later falling asleep after it was answered. You are amazing!

          • Colkycop
            Colkycop  3 days back

            *Relises my entire existance is governed by four rules* *Dread sets in*

            • Main Ikramz
              Main Ikramz  4 days back

              Something's making these rules,,,

              • Mustafa Sandal
                Mustafa Sandal  4 days back

                Is there a creator

              • Max Lee
                Max Lee  4 days back

                0:13 Kuzgesgat: You are matter

                My dad: No you don’t

                Me: I’m trying my best

                Dad: No you aren’t

                Me: Ya you right

                • Billy35084
                  Billy35084  4 days back

                  Kurzgesagt: what is something?
                  me: still uses than and then wrong

                  • Cephalon_Enki
                    Cephalon_Enki  5 days back

                    ah yes, the something is made out of something

                    • DareToBeJack XTM
                      DareToBeJack XTM  5 days back


                      The Thing

                      • Xavier
                        Xavier  5 days back

                        No intro!? 😱

                        • Josue E Perlin G
                          Josue E Perlin G  1 weeks back

                          Bruh like what just happened here?

                          • Ish Aq
                            Ish Aq  1 weeks back

                            i love this channel...srsly

                            • Mahabub Hasan
                              Mahabub Hasan  1 weeks back

                              2:30 Hey hey hey, don't tell everybody what I'm doing!

                              • Donald Birkner
                                Donald Birkner  1 weeks back

                                2:31 called out

                                • Md irfan
                                  Md irfan  1 weeks back

                                  Is ultimate reality physical or in physical?

                                  • Papa Robotnik
                                    Papa Robotnik  1 weeks back

                                    Yes !

                                    • Яша Мальцев
                                      Яша Мальцев  1 weeks back

                                      Who did this rules?

                                    • Khanh Nguyen Phi
                                      Khanh Nguyen Phi  1 weeks back

                                      Well, I just watch because of the good animation

                                      • NoEditing
                                        NoEditing  1 weeks back

                                        i love this video, glad i found it, i always try to explain this to people

                                        • If not Why not
                                          If not Why not  1 weeks back

                                          This type of questions u ask yourself at 2am🤣

                                          • vxozn
                                            vxozn  2 weeks back

                                            This channel should be named "2am questions"

                                            • P3-ACE
                                              P3-ACE  2 weeks back

                                              absolutely nothing

                                              • Kye
                                                Kye  2 weeks back

                                                Atoms are the pixels we weren't meant to discover.

                                                • Twinleaf Brage
                                                  Twinleaf Brage  2 weeks back

                                                  I wonder if the dude that is the narrator knows anything about this stuff, or just reads the lines he is given, because it feels like he talks about this stuff whit a lot of passion, but if none of that passion is real, I would feel lied to sort of, so I hope that the narrator knows what he is talking about, and is as interested in the topics as every one else in the kurzgesagt team.

                                                  • Ikko Mikura
                                                    Ikko Mikura  2 weeks back

                                                    Literally addicted to this channel.

                                                  • Sammy Vermillion
                                                    Sammy Vermillion  2 weeks back

                                                    Does this mean matter falls apart if it travels at light speed?

                                                    • Undefind
                                                      Undefind  2 weeks back

                                                      I didn't notice the positron. Are antimatter particles not considered different classes of particles in the model?

                                                      • SynexiaSaturnDs
                                                        SynexiaSaturnDs  2 weeks back

                                                        5,664,000th viewer

                                                        • kinghns
                                                          kinghns  2 weeks back

                                                          I asked myself this exact question everyday

                                                          • oinky momo
                                                            oinky momo  2 weeks back

                                                            Wait, if there are 5 bosons, why are there only 4 fundamental forces

                                                            • O A A
                                                              O A A  2 weeks back


                                                              • sawako lucia
                                                                sawako lucia  2 weeks back

                                                                2:30 DUDE...

                                                                • • I am a Funny YouTuber lol

                                                                  Wait this guy said nothing gives us the building blocks of everything if u ask me if there is nothing why does the fields exists this theory is stupid honestly😂

                                                                  • Nerdy Patatoe
                                                                    Nerdy Patatoe  2 weeks back

                                                                    Me: *after watching the vid*
                                                                    what is life *has existential panic attack*

                                                                    My brain: but.... Whatttttt???..........?

                                                                    My last two brain cells: I give up with life.

                                                                    • bob bobby
                                                                      bob bobby  2 weeks back

                                                                      If time is infinite then eventually any single moment will be so small by comparison that it will eventually cease to exist
                                                                      So all ready all moments have ceased to exist.

                                                                      So nothing exists

                                                                      • If not Why not
                                                                        If not Why not  2 weeks back

                                                                        We as humans cant comprehend the thought of nothingness that's why we dream when we sleep.

                                                                    • Thomas McCleod
                                                                      Thomas McCleod  2 weeks back

                                                                      I don’t know. Something.

                                                                      • Zichen Luo
                                                                        Zichen Luo  2 weeks back

                                                                        Did no one realised he purposely avoided mentioning higgs boson

                                                                        • Junjun
                                                                          Junjun  2 weeks back

                                                                          Our world seems like a huge program. We just need to hack it.

                                                                          • Charles Castle
                                                                            Charles Castle  2 weeks back

                                                                            Having strong existential crises is a sign of intelligence.

                                                                            • ilmu011
                                                                              ilmu011  1 weeks back

                                                                              Truly the pinnacle of intellect

                                                                            • Salimo
                                                                              Salimo  2 weeks back

                                                                              Charles Castle yeah and you begin to truly believe in the createor

                                                                          • tech support
                                                                            tech support  3 weeks back


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                                                                              • Hurricane Dorian
                                                                                Hurricane Dorian  3 weeks back

                                                                                This is some LSD tier shit.

                                                                                • Walkastray 007
                                                                                  Walkastray 007  3 weeks back

                                                                                  0:00 Me at 3 am in the morning *watching Kurzgesagt vids*