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
    Aasta tagasi

    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 EEfastrs 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

    1. Alex Harbolt
      Alex Harbolt
      Місяць tagasi

      I recognized his voice immediately from Crash Course History!

      Місяць tagasi

      OK thanks

    3. Britten Viper
      Britten Viper
      3 місяці tagasi

      10/10 vids

    4. JAYANTH
      3 місяці tagasi


    5. ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ
      ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ
      4 місяці tagasi


  2. John Connell
    John Connell
    3 tundi tagasi

    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. ❤️👍🏻❤️

  3. agentx3
    9 tundi tagasi

    This was incredible.

  4. KrazyKaiser
    Päev tagasi

    How did I miss this one?

  5. Frederik
    4 päeva tagasi

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

  6. Ryan Febrian
    Ryan Febrian
    4 päeva tagasi

    Kinda laggy?

  7. Townys 85
    Townys 85
    4 päeva tagasi


  8. Mmina Maclang
    Mmina Maclang
    5 päeva tagasi

    John, you've done it again.

  9. reinahlee
    6 päeva tagasi

    8:08 caterpie pokemon

  10. MrTWIX17
    6 päeva tagasi


  11. ArsonPeaPlayz
    6 päeva tagasi

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

  12. Thom35UO
    9 päeva tagasi

    Wow. Humans are really obsessed with themselves.

  13. kappa
    10 päeva tagasi

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

  14. C. Schitz Popinov
    C. Schitz Popinov
    13 päeva tagasi

    Were you trying to make me cry?...

  15. Holy Spoom Stealer
    Holy Spoom Stealer
    13 päeva tagasi

    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

  16. Prince_7557
    15 päeva tagasi

    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

  17. Sgt. S. Muffins
    Sgt. S. Muffins
    15 päeva tagasi

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

  18. Whyuwatchme
    15 päeva tagasi

    I feel like I watched a movie

  19. Dustin Mullins
    Dustin Mullins
    15 päeva tagasi

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

  20. Aurorafae
    15 päeva tagasi

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

  21. Dymph R Peeters
    Dymph R Peeters
    15 päeva tagasi

    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.

  22. Pokepoke18
    16 päeva tagasi

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

  23. Theodore Roosevelt
    Theodore Roosevelt
    17 päeva tagasi

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

  24. Ouroboros
    17 päeva tagasi


  25. Joy Welch
    Joy Welch
    17 päeva tagasi

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

  26. Joy Welch
    Joy Welch
    17 päeva tagasi

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

  27. Clyde Morgan
    Clyde Morgan
    17 päeva tagasi

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

  28. WHAP Vault
    WHAP Vault
    17 päeva tagasi

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

  29. bfubfa no
    bfubfa no
    17 päeva tagasi

    this is the best thing i have ever seen

  30. DaGreenCat
    18 päeva tagasi

    Hand stencils are census

  31. caleb wampler
    caleb wampler
    18 päeva tagasi

    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.

    18 päeva tagasi

    i swear I love this youtube channel

  33. Zebulous
    18 päeva tagasi

    Signatures? The hands remind me of Death Stranding.

  34. Late
    19 päeva tagasi

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

  35. Jessica Cheeri
    Jessica Cheeri
    19 päeva tagasi

    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

  36. ChantingFlower
    19 päeva tagasi

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

  37. Go Jays
    Go Jays
    19 päeva tagasi

    Good boy Robot

  38. Aaron Savage
    Aaron Savage
    20 päeva tagasi

    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.

  39. Why Should I Care History
    Why Should I Care History
    20 päeva tagasi

    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

  40. The Shekhar
    The Shekhar
    20 päeva tagasi

    DUDE! It was so beautiful!!

  41. MyNamesNoah
    20 päeva tagasi

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

  42. Julius Sempai
    Julius Sempai
    21 päev tagasi

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

  43. Jacob P
    Jacob P
    21 päev tagasi

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

  44. Imperium Reviews
    Imperium Reviews
    22 päeva tagasi

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

    1. Zippy Parakeet
      Zippy Parakeet
      22 päeva tagasi

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

  45. set123
    23 päeva tagasi

    This narrator is wank.

  46. Supreme GMB
    Supreme GMB
    24 päeva tagasi

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

    1. Zippy Parakeet
      Zippy Parakeet
      22 päeva tagasi

      Should they not make money off their hard work?

  47. Francesca Kyanda
    Francesca Kyanda
    24 päeva tagasi

    Why did this make me emotional, gah

  48. Lea Werner
    Lea Werner
    24 päeva tagasi

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

    1. Magnus Peacock
      Magnus Peacock
      23 päeva tagasi

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

  49. Ronen Aprils
    Ronen Aprils
    25 päeva tagasi

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

  50. Keso Gonzaga
    Keso Gonzaga
    25 päeva tagasi

    Lol what‘s with the over dramatisation

  51. Bernardo Santos
    Bernardo Santos
    25 päeva tagasi

    And now we have a book about the Anthropocene reviewed

  52. David Acevedo
    David Acevedo
    26 päeva tagasi

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

  53. rd n
    rd n
    28 päeva tagasi


  54. Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor
    28 päeva tagasi

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

  55. Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor
    28 päeva tagasi

    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?

  56. Akash Tripathi
    Akash Tripathi
    29 päeva tagasi

    Absolutely beautiful narration

  57. Nope
    29 päeva tagasi

    I don’t understand

  58. lifelessfigure
    29 päeva tagasi

    - 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!!

  59. Hamoud Habibi
    Hamoud Habibi
    Місяць tagasi

    Damn wtf I'm crying

  60. JAKG4
    Місяць tagasi

    i don't want to see this

  61. Knei
    Місяць tagasi

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

  62. Afirmanta
    Місяць tagasi

    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

    1. Magnus Peacock
      Magnus Peacock
      23 päeva tagasi

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

  63. Nido Ravensbeard
    Nido Ravensbeard
    Місяць tagasi

    “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.

  64. Noeraldin Kabam
    Noeraldin Kabam
    Місяць tagasi

    A podcast I wished had an episode every day!

  65. Shamer Zaihan
    Shamer Zaihan
    Місяць tagasi

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

  66. Starting
    Місяць tagasi

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

  67. Katarine Inis
    Katarine Inis
    Місяць tagasi

    Oh, so beautiful! ♡

  68. Bunny Bread
    Bunny Bread
    Місяць tagasi

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

  69. Dr • KB
    Dr • KB
    Місяць tagasi

    Damn that was beautiful

  70. BrokenFood
    Місяць tagasi

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

  71. Jörg Sattelmacher
    Jörg Sattelmacher
    Місяць tagasi

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

  72. Carlos Ibarra
    Carlos Ibarra
    Місяць tagasi


  73. Nathan Harding
    Nathan Harding
    Місяць tagasi

    We sure can’s called nuclear warfare

  74. Sohini Dutta
    Sohini Dutta
    Місяць tagasi

    Why did this make me so emotional though...

  75. Rafaelski Arte Portfolio
    Rafaelski Arte Portfolio
    Місяць tagasi

    absolutely amazing

  76. Type Axiom
    Type Axiom
    Місяць tagasi

    Reading too much into paintings 101

  77. adsfornothing
    Місяць tagasi

    *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

  78. Permanent
    Місяць tagasi

    This video means something important

  79. Pax Nemmar
    Pax Nemmar
    Місяць tagasi

    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

  80. Fernando M.
    Fernando M.
    Місяць tagasi

    For some weird reason, this video made me cry.

  81. cem oğuz
    cem oğuz
    Місяць tagasi

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

  82. Chamchamcham10
    Місяць tagasi

    What was, will be!

  83. shubham sarang
    shubham sarang
    Місяць tagasi

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

  84. Brandon Kusnirik
    Brandon Kusnirik
    Місяць tagasi

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

  85. RP Áudio & Visual
    RP Áudio & Visual
    Місяць tagasi

    Just a reminder: it's pronounced curt kzart... Cool...

  86. Ineedanalias
    Місяць tagasi

    This is just infographics for ppl with phat asses

  87. Kriston McConnell
    Kriston McConnell
    Місяць tagasi

    Why did this make me cry

  88. Hi 61
    Hi 61
    Місяць tagasi

    The hall if records

  89. Alex S.
    Alex S.
    Місяць tagasi

    There is something incredibly deep and touching about this video that I was not expecting, and I was deeply saddened in a way. This was absolutely incredible, and I have to say that I've never subscribed to a channel this fast.

  90. ArtemusPrime
    Місяць tagasi

    Am I the only one why started crying at the end? 😭😭😭😭

  91. Barry Williams
    Barry Williams
    Місяць tagasi

    Hopeful - true dat. Thanks for a really nice video.

  92. Rugged Lemmings
    Rugged Lemmings
    Місяць tagasi

    Humans are naturally compelled to leave something behind, some record of their existence to prove that they were once here. It could be something world changing like an invention, it could be something miraculous like the birth of a child, or it could be something as simple as a handprint on a cave wall. "Do not go gentle into that good night." - Dylan Thomas

  93. Dragon Stories
    Dragon Stories
    Місяць tagasi

    I sudenly think about that song now. Pompeii. They sing: 'But if you close your eyes does it almost feels like nothing changed at all'

  94. Harriet Harlow
    Harriet Harlow
    Місяць tagasi

    I really like this video. Kurzgesacht is right that the world of 17,000+ years ago is a past to which we can never return. I'm glad the original cave has been closed. I've seen pictures of the replica cave and they really did a great job. If having to see a replica is the price I have to pay for the original paintings to be preserved, I'm totally OK with that. The paintings of Lasceaux Cave are a treasure, one that must be preserved at all costs. My late godson was very interested in cave paintings even though his specialty was iconography. I think it would be hard not to be interested in them. When I watched "Cave of Forgotten Dreams", I found myself awed by the images. Whoever did those paintings was, IMO, very talented. It is not easy to portray a 3 dimensional scene on a 2 dimensional canvas. However, these humans pulled it off. You can see many of the techniques still employed by artists--among them a few examples of foreshortening. As someone who studued art in their youth, I can tell you that foreshortening is somewhat difficult to do. Picasso was right when he said "We have invented nothing". We really haven't--we've merely built on what came before--and that's OK, too. I've found myself wondering what the world of 17,000+ years ago was like. What motivated these people to do cave art? Was it the very human tendency to express oneself through art? Are the paintings some form of sympathetic magic? I suspect that we will never know for certain. Another cave that I hope will be kept in pristine condition is La Pasiega in Spain because it contains the first known cave art done by Neanderthals.. Another cave, in France, I'm not too worried about since the structures made by Neanderthals 170,000+ years ago are a long way from the cave mouth, but La Pasiega is yet another treasure of the past we shared with Neanderthals. If the dating of the calcite deposited on some of the paintings is correct at 64,000 years, it means that Neanderthals were the first cave artists in Europe. I find that possibility marvelous since Neanderthals were considered little better than glorified apes for so long. It shows that Neanderthals were capable of abstract, thought/visualisation, something that has been hotly debated. It also shows that Neanderthals were every bit as human as we are, with a desire to express themselves through panting and structures. I hope that one day, homo Neanderthalensis is upgraded to Homo sapiens Neanderthalensis because sapient they certainly were. I love studying our past--the more we find out about our distant ancestors (including Neanderthals), the more depth and richness is added to our story.

  95. warrior wolf
    warrior wolf
    Місяць tagasi

    I thought he was going to say "These were memories, but not ours" Lol

  96. Hellmuth Christian Stuven
    Hellmuth Christian Stuven
    Місяць tagasi

    Not different, BUT good and absolutely relevant too(-;

  97. Trung Hoàng
    Trung Hoàng
    Місяць tagasi

    you know, maybe the hands are spread because it's ... easier ?? It's much easier to spread your hand then put them together. And it's more detailed on the wall as well. I don't see any reason to put them together. I bet our ancestors also think the same thing. It's just a normal and natural thing to do

  98. Funkycord 1336
    Funkycord 1336
    Місяць tagasi

    Excuse me a man named his dog *robot* ?

  99. Penguin Fellow
    Penguin Fellow
    Місяць tagasi

    “Infinity war is the greatest crossover of all time” Kurzgesagt and John Green:

  100. MrDrogsten
    Місяць tagasi

    it's caled posthumus fame