A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place - Egoistic Altruism

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A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place



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    Kurzgesagt – In a NutshellKurzgesagt – In a Nutshell3 aylar önce
    • PR for communism

      Rune JensenRune Jensen14 gün önce
    • 💋

      Maxi ImmortalityMaxi Immortality20 gün önce
    • Nice thought... naive at best but it is a nice video. Quite a few holes in this line of thinking too. Like who's going to run that prosperous farm if all the children become research technicians. Families would have to be quite large to sustain this growth to make up for continuing to run the established foundation while also supplying people for research development. The "pie" can only get so big. This way of thinking is nice... but assumes too many factors as guaranteed. Look at it this way on a different subject, one not so perky. Humans can make a baby every 9 months but live to be an average of 80. If you were using this videos "logic" for cautioning against over population. You would have to assume that every single woman that could have a child, was actually having a child at every possible chance they could. No capable woman would never not be pregnant. It's just silly and completely ignores the actual random variables of life.

      OLomasOOLomasOAylar önce
    • Addiction video is actually true. It's sad that u call my beloved video a trash . It does work !

      Tracer psychoTracer psycho2 aylar önce
    • Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell u should do some videos on marxism leninism

      AnonymousAnonymous2 aylar önce
  • planes let us travel cheaply ???

    Osama Bin WeevilsOsama Bin WeevilsSaatler önce
  • This is my argument against capitalism

    Niko SantosNiko SantosGün önce
  • 6:30 no

    boyo boyoboyo boyo2 gün önce
  • YangGang2020, whos with me?! ;D

    UnluckyGamblerUnluckyGambler2 gün önce

    Taylor BrittTaylor Britt2 gün önce
  • So basically invest in things you want to see improved and take a risk

    Captain NemoCaptain Nemo2 gün önce
  • I like how Kurgesagt shows us a problem and then shows a SOLUTION so you leave the video with an optimistic view on the topic... unlike a lot of news outlets.

    Ramen NoodlesRamen Noodles2 gün önce
  • communism>capitlism socialism is the solution.

    юиюиюдкюиюиюдк3 gün önce
  • The theory is based on the fact that the pie is growing with each innovations. But economic growth is a myth. The exploitation of ressources without self-suffiency or renew of these ones isn't viable on long term. It's even hypocrite to say that, today, we do not function like before. Bourgeoisie and western world steel the values of productions from workers in every country. Forgeting it, is a flaw in your theory. Steeling parts of the pie and fight for it didn't disapear after the industrialisation. So your theory is collapsing, even if the purpose to help country in development is nice but idealist. First, maybe we can help them against imperialism and neo slavery ? Plus, the market and liberal economy are based on demand / supply but demand can be unethical and counter productive with useless production. Supply can still follow it for the good of free market and circulary economy. I usually love your video but here it's too much simplisitic and you forget a lot of details ... I know you're searching for vulgarization, but saying that our system is better now than before and we just have to help the poor ... it doesn't help at all. You're just showing the theory of liberal system in a capitalistic world, you're not giving any advice or concret solution, specialy for us the consumer and finally you forget alot of concret problematic.

    Wilson OakenshieldWilson Oakenshield3 gün önce
    • +Damian Tew Where's your arguments ? You need Arguments of Invincible authority, but there's no need actually. Try something more interesting than two words please.

      Wilson OakenshieldWilson OakenshieldSaatler önce
    • citation needed

      Damian TewDamian Tew2 gün önce
  • ”Every 1/6 person dies from cancer, and you might be one of them” My family: has 6 members including me Sounds like a russian roulette.

    The MongooseThe Mongoose4 gün önce
  • I can't imagine the time you put into this...

    Fred WeasleyFred Weasley4 gün önce
  • Inspirational, thank you.

    Ali Emir TopuzAli Emir Topuz4 gün önce
  • 6:31 i choked

    Felice EnaldoFelice Enaldo4 gün önce
  • This video justifies a few rich should control the world resources

    Vikas SharmaVikas Sharma5 gün önce
  • I like space travel

    Danile baezDanile baez5 gün önce
    • yeah me too... ya like the trans-lunar mars route?????

      Sanhinda PeirisSanhinda Peiris5 gün önce
  • 0:36 1 like = 1 slice of cake for birdy

    CoolCreeper39CoolCreeper395 gün önce
  • Hey, I really like the BGM for this video, is there any way I can get it? I would totallly pay for an album of the BGMs for all the videos...

    jonseahjonseah6 gün önce
    • +Richard Walanda d'oh, being blind here... "You look, but you don't see"

      jonseahjonseah4 gün önce
    • Is it not in the description?

      Richard WalandaRichard Walanda4 gün önce
  • 1:42

    Robert HøyemRobert Høyem6 gün önce
  • 0:37 Why

    Robert HøyemRobert Høyem6 gün önce
  • I feel like its only the 1% who live in a positive sum world.

    Big SmileBig Smile6 gün önce
    • DiabloMinero Humans are not precautionary beings and need a catastrophe or death to happen before a problem is addressed. To fix a problem like this the 1% needs to be ones affected by this. With them controlling our global economy they hold all the money and therefore are the ones who set the standard of living. However, humans haven’t gone through a global market collapse yet and a third world war would cause that. Of course the people who would start a global war would be the government and the 1% and they actually wouldn’t do it for said global market collapse. What puts me in fear is the xenophobic and isolationism movement is growing between china, the US, and Russia but the difference is in today’s economic trade, one would die without the other.... unless you did a old school takeover of your opponent and gained so much power no other country cant defy you or not trade with you without getting annihilated. This is highly unlikely too since allies of the attacked superpower would also nuke. Russia can theoretically nuke every country on the planet 3 times over at almost the same hour. The would also die too though from a global nuclear radiation. We can just install universal base income for every American, but we don’t have time for rational ideas. They want global dominance and technology makes the difference of having a takeover possible, but it wont be the US thanks to trump. The US hasn’t been more exposed and broken. We have around 12 chief government positions in the US today that are either empty or has an acting member that is not qualified. Russia and the china are constantly trying to hack into our data and we do to them. Chinese literally keep trying to get in Trump’s Mar a Lago. Its just if someone is gonna try something is probably going to be soon. Once one of them finds a way to take out the other without destroying themselves they will do it. Luckily the nukes keep them at bay but from I’ve seen on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight our nuclear silos are so under kept and so mismanaged that theres cases in which a pizza delivery man walked into the control room and found the soldiers there sleeping with all the doors unlocked. Another time they have to keep the silo door open with a crowbars because its stuck. Recently, they did fire a bunch of these idiots with tests and hopefully are reinvesting in their silos again. But i think they are reinvesting because the fear of nukes is needed to come back. How do we fix all these issues? Find a way to fuck up the economy for the 100 before the 99% die in the crossfire.

      Big SmileBig Smile3 gün önce
    • That's why we have to make everyone that rich. It's not unattainable.We have/can make more fissile material than we're likely to need anytime in the foreseeable future, and throwing energy at problems is usually a good way to solve them.

      DiabloMineroDiabloMinero3 gün önce
  • Have you considered the average of overshoot day? The evolution we need it's not just a matter of innovation. It's also a matter of economic consciousness. I love your videos!

    Alessandro VerdolivaAlessandro Verdoliva6 gün önce
  • Imagine if we would un-invest in pharmaceutical lobbies.. lmao Great video otherwise !

    maka makamaka maka6 gün önce
  • Amazing

    Pedro De BiasePedro De Biase7 gün önce
  • Subscribe to Osaki Nguyen

    Nguywew fdfdfNguywew fdfdf8 gün önce
  • Currently, we have Saturdays and Sundays off. If you could choose a third day, would Monday really be the best decision? Saturday and Sunday are based on the Christian and Jewish Sabbath. But the Muslim and Pastafarian Sabbath is the Friday. Additionally, there is a collective hatred for Mondays. Everything that has ever been said about Monday would become difficult to understand for generations who grew up with Mondays off. Especially because even Garfield hates Mondays despite not having a job!

    WadelDeeWadelDee8 gün önce
  • This video is actually really inspirational. Thanks for the motivation Kurzgesagt team!

    Yeetus that fetusYeetus that fetus8 gün önce
  • That’s how I make timelines: label-farming, farming, farming... label-economic growth

    Abbieq11Abbieq119 gün önce
  • That would be absolutely true, IF the natural resources were infinite :/

    ImpMontezumaImpMontezuma9 gün önce
    • +Fiona Djw I share people excitement about the future. And I don't necessarily disagree with you or the video, I just think we need to be more cautious before we go head-on into that way of thinking.

      ImpMontezumaImpMontezuma9 gün önce
    • +ImpMontezuma Asteroid mining is a technology for obtaining *lucrative* amounts of metals that is currently being worked on today. As for water, if we cute down on bottled water and perfectly manicured lawns, we'd have far more available drinking water. Which isn't even getting into our global population is starting to stabilize. Iron I'll grant that we'll constantly need more of even if we stop growing as a species, but as more civilizations reach stage 4 on the Demographic Trending Model our need to use more and more water will decrease Like maybe you are right. Every other time people have been scared of overpopulation ending us they were wrong but this time it happens to be true. But I'm sure Thomas Robert Malthus thought the same and he was proven extremely wrong

      Fiona DjwFiona Djw9 gün önce
    • +Fiona Djw I'm not talking about energy. I speak of natural resources, such as metals, petroleum, etc. I'll give you an example, the country where I live is a major exporter of iron, there are several cities here with companies and huge machines extracting this material. And I could stay here all day talking how bad that is for the environment and etc. But let's forget about that for a secound. My point here is, with current consumption and with the current extraction rate, these mines will last 50, maybe 100 years at most. But imagine now that consumption in the world doubles or triples, I don't know if these companies could deal with such demand, and even if they do, that would deplete the reserves of those resources really fast. And that is only with the iron, imagine other resources. Like water... So... Could the world increase the exploitation of these resources even more? Sorry, I don't think so... And yes, ok I know, technology changes things, we find new alternatives, new materials that use different resources and so on. And that's precisely why I'm saying here that I DON'T KNOW if you can say that this video is right. Maybe it is, maybe not... Who knows. I'm just pointing out the fact that it's not as simple as it makes it look

      ImpMontezumaImpMontezuma9 gün önce
    • Y'know what's also not infinite? The amount of humans. A finite amount of humans consuming a finite amount of resources can absolutely work out and with renewable energy becoming a *big* thing, our most finite resource energy is becoming far less so

      Fiona DjwFiona Djw9 gün önce
  • dat pie is actually cake.

    crazymusicgrlcrazymusicgrl10 gün önce
  • "Do you like being alive?" *"Reality is often disappointing."*

    Unorthodox IndividualUnorthodox Individual10 gün önce
  • do you like staying alive?

    Benjamin KaulBenjamin Kaul10 gün önce
  • He said grow the pie when he showed a cake PURE EVIL

    The Masked With The DaggerThe Masked With The Dagger11 gün önce
  • The most important, though perhaps subconscious, virtue of this philosophy is the sense of fulfillment and purpose one feels in helping others.

    Matt EnglishMatt English11 gün önce
  • "Do you like being alive?"

    OniiCh_nOniiCh_n12 gün önce
  • Very nice video. You forgot the most important thing: producing without control is leading us to global warming and reaching the highest levels of anxiety, depression and mental illness. Looks like we are animals not made to produce, but to be happy. The only things you actually need are food and water, you can survive without mostly anything else. I'm not against your altruist point of view, which I deeply share. But collaboration has nothing to do with capitalism. Nowadays we adore gods like comfort, entertainement and super production that do more harm than good. We are all fat because we live in the opulence and excesive comfort. I'll make a picture for you: We adore the best football players in the world, and some of them die very young of heart attacks or absolutely destroy their bodies before their 40's. If we lived according to out nature, we would be saying to these men: calm down, lad. You don't need to be the best, you can be regular. Regular is fine, don't be crazy harming your body to reach such an idiotic goal. But this is how capitalism works: Work more hours, produce more, be fit, learn languages, travel all over the world, have a nice family, have a nice house, have a nice car, be the best.... and there you go, suicide and mental illness to its high rates. As for me, I would like to live among the trees, fish 1 hour at day and enjoy the others 23. Mental health problems do not exist in tribal commnunities of the Amazonas.

    SraRocknRollSraRocknRoll13 gün önce
  • Are you saying that we need *communism* ?

    MeetbeeppeebMeetbeeppeeb14 gün önce
  • Amazing 🧠❤

    elhanan bitonelhanan biton14 gün önce
  • But, the cake is a lie!

    Róbert DomonkosRóbert Domonkos14 gün önce
  • Kurzgesagt: Tells me I be one of 6 people to die of cancer Me: Quits TRvision and goes to a hospital to demand a cure

    General ProdigyGeneral Prodigy14 gün önce
  • 0:47 pie was a big thing back there 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Neostar MatterNeostar Matter15 gün önce

    Marius TalsethMarius Talseth15 gün önce
  • Mantul

    Adliqani BasamanAdliqani Basaman15 gün önce
  • TIL the reason for humanity's history of committing war, conquest, and genocide was all for "pie".

    TValorynTValoryn17 gün önce
  • Being alive is my hobby! :)

    ogurequogurequ17 gün önce
  • Let’s not forget the recent invasion of Ukraine...’used to’...sure...

    yuliya brooksyuliya brooks17 gün önce
  • Sounds good doesn't work. There should be a Video about big Pharma companies and their winnings with cancer Medication or any other medicine for various diseases. There is an enemy we don't want to acknowledge!

    Abdullatif RemmoAbdullatif Remmo17 gün önce
  • Do you feel like our current money system reflects the philosophy of egoistic altruism?

    Mike LMike L18 gün önce
  • I love for joke about planes being cheap weight was it a joke

    lazar wattlazar watt18 gün önce
  • Why does he say pie when it looks more like cake

    Mohona DebMohona Deb18 gün önce
  • I just... I just can't not read it as AUTISM

    GitGudCatGitGudCat19 gün önce
  • Это коммунизм

    windows_x_sevenwindows_x_seven19 gün önce
  • Yeah, its great and all that more human means more workers but are you sure? It's not always means more workers but also more crimes. Humans aren't robots you know. The world just needs time not population density.

    Clifford KahnClifford Kahn20 gün önce
    • Clifford Kahn I think you misunderstood the point of the video a bit

      UbermenschMedicUbermenschMedic18 gün önce
  • Except all of this is caused by fossil fuels, and in years the world will look much different. No type of currently known energy will ever replace oil / gas, and I we are most likely headed for a smaller, dirtier and more brutal world in every aspect.

    Jacob HansenJacob Hansen20 gün önce
  • THIS video is talking about Henry Fords Capitalism!. Capitalism done RIGHT!. Not the capitalizm of government tax tax tax tax. Bullshit economic growth that ISN'T actually growth. If the prices rise and the minimum wage stays down? ...---... THAT is greed induced capitalizm not actual capitalism. izm sounds and looks bad lol.

    Rodary Windsor ClevelandRodary Windsor Cleveland21 gün önce
  • Video: every 1/6 person does from cancer, and you might be one of them Me: My family is a family of 7... now I'm scared...

    Trap EDMTrap EDM21 gün önce
    • Ey, I’m from a 7-person family too!

      Mayor_of _LuckMayor_of _Luck20 gün önce
  • Ah yes, the utilitarian utopia. Only the heartless wouldn't want it, but only the brainless unironically believe in it.

    Pedro HenriquePedro Henrique22 gün önce
  • The first minute also describes the modern day situation

    Kevin OlivasKevin Olivas23 gün önce
  • But this is talking long-term, humans hate long-term.

    Morgan FairweatherMorgan Fairweather24 gün önce
  • Altruism at it's finest fooling the masses. Let me ask you is a man not entitled to the sweet of his brow? Or is he entitled to give his earnings to someone worse off? to those who can't provide for themselves and live off the hard work of others is the nature of altruism it is the greater good in which the ends justify the means, Evil incarnate Is all it will ever be.

    Count RavidCount Ravid24 gün önce

    The omptstic PessimistThe omptstic Pessimist24 gün önce
  • "do you like being alive?"

    SquattingturtleSquattingturtle25 gün önce
  • Is this Thanos?

    Vedant ChaudhariVedant Chaudhari25 gün önce
  • GTA 5

    KinzahKinzah25 gün önce
  • Imagine that I want to do something as a first person in history, in positive sum world I was born too late and life is awful.

    Albert Jachowicz-BrzezińskiAlbert Jachowicz-Brzeziński25 gün önce
  • The problem with all of this and why this isn't the current reality is many people, especially those with the money and power, prefer more immediate gratification than potential future benefit. Most of what was said in this video is developed over generations. People who care about the future generation try to just make life better for their offspring with little care of others.around them.

    Seiryoku BonneSeiryoku Bonne26 gün önce
  • Do you like being alive? It’s pretty nice AF, I guess🤷‍♂️

    LittleFlyingAnimationMV'sLittleFlyingAnimationMV's26 gün önce
  • Unfortunately, pie flows uphill toward the top of the bird pyramid. Yes, there's more pie and many of us have more pie, but most of the pie is held by the top 1% of the birds who have vast vaults full of pie that nobody can eat. It's just sitting there, growing and growing and doing very little else.

    Harry PotterHarry Potter26 gün önce
  • I want everyone to be rich except 3 ugly stinky classmates(nawaz,johdbir,qasim). I want them to die cause they annoy me everyday and give me bad luck(seriously I just broke my leg)

    lol gamer 12lol gamer 1226 gün önce
  • Yeah but riches right now only care about money, women , good cars and cocaine 😂. Very few contributes to innovation.

    Jonathan LinJonathan Lin27 gün önce
  • A work of a farmer is not useful to me? Really??

    hshe hwbw hshsuehshe hwbw hshsue27 gün önce
  • Is there negative sum game?

    Thomas HuiThomas Hui27 gün önce
  • This is not possible under capitalism

    sparky4 insanosparky4 insano28 gün önce
  • This is the closest thing to making me vegan

    Neepa PalleNeepa Palle28 gün önce
  • Anybody else get the bobs burgers reference? Just me? Okay then.

    Neepa PalleNeepa Palle28 gün önce
  • Yes, and this argument is called capitalism.

    pskwak22pskwak2228 gün önce
  • The only real issue I have with this video is that it doesn't mention the bad side of innovation. Here's a well-known example: In 1938, everyone, from the Western Parts of Alaska to the Eastern Parts of Oceania knew a war was coming, and everyone knew this war would be the deadliest war in human history, a war so deadly, that it could cut the world population in half. Most countries did not want to stomach such a high cost, so some scientists in Germany decided to look for an alternate solution, to allow their country to win the war at a relatively low cost to their population. That year of 1938, they split the atom. 7 years later, a bomb was created that could destroy an entire city in a few seconds. They called this bomb the Atomic Bomb. The selfish demand for a weapon that could save a country's men and women in the armed forces from death, within 4 years after it was initially used, would turn into a weapon that could kill every living thing on the Earth.

    Jesse DoescherJesse Doescher29 gün önce
  • Question for anyone who feels like answering: Do you believe all areas of life are becoming positive sum, or are there things which must always be zero sum? Particularly sexual selection? An imbalanced sex ratio is always favorable to the rarer sex, and even with a perfectly balanced ratio, some will have abundance at the cost of another's scarcity. Even if everything is absolutely even for everyone (which is theoretically possible but will never happen), everyone is ok but nobody has abundance. So what do you think? Also, sex robots and polyamory are out of the question.

    MSMS29 gün önce
  • Who even dislikes these videos, tf

    BMX scooter doodBMX scooter dood29 gün önce
  • If you want to make the world a better place then sacrifice your own resources to do it in a small way. When you try to make the world a better place by sacrificing other people's resources, you make the world a WORSE place by an order of magnitude. Look at Detroit, San Francisco, ect.

    SOme ONeSOme ONe29 gün önce
  • I agree for the most part but we need better control on our population growth or what you say is for nothing

    M EM EAylar önce
  • Ok agreed but how do we convince anyone that 1. this is the case and 2. get those with the money and power right now to actually act on it.

    Tim GriffithsTim GriffithsAylar önce
  • sounds great... but first we'll have to deal with all the other stuff on this channel XD

    TheEmraldMinerX TheEmraldMinerYTheEmraldMinerX TheEmraldMinerYAylar önce
  • Hei,, that's how OpenSources Development works,, isn't?

    mekatronik achmadimekatronik achmadiAylar önce
  • So when everyone is a white collar job, who does the blue collar work?

    mabitmabitAylar önce
  • This video would be a perfect segue into a video about bitcoin and the financial freedom it offers those billions of untapped humans

    thesystemsucksthesystemsucksAylar önce
  • Im still waiting for the intro...

    kj watsonkj watsonAylar önce
  • space X be like

    DiadromesDiadromesAylar önce
  • Finally a positive video.

    Super gamerSuper gamerAylar önce
  • This would work...if other factors weren't in play, and thats a big thing here. Thing's like a society's unwillingness to improve, cultural barriers, etc make this not such a black and white issue.

    BurakkuHishouBurakkuHishouAylar önce
  • They have already made a cure they just want more money so they won't release it yet

    Alfa RomeoAlfa RomeoAylar önce
  • world is zero sum game, if every body wants to go to the space there wouldn't be enough resources to build all things you need for it no?

    erik bartoserik bartosAylar önce
    • There would be more people working on making such resources, and less starving and subsistence farming

      davi nevesdavi nevesAylar önce
  • Why is the discription in german

    PandasHyper9000PandasHyper9000Aylar önce
  • 5:20 where i'm from its the farmers who are rich. the farmers' kids get the education, but end up back on the farm doing their parents work as they are quite well off with that career. just a funny observation. but i really do love this video

    JamesPlaysGames95JamesPlaysGames95Aylar önce
  • patience is why it hasn't really happened yet.

    Sylas viperSylas viperAylar önce
  • It takes cute a fuckton of money, time and effort though to improve a foreign developing country. It's not as easy as it seems.

    Dave CullinsDave CullinsAylar önce
  • No one is talking about the Wilhelm’s scream lol

    Airto DuprezAirto DuprezAylar önce
  • This is what I’ve been telling my friends for years! Imagine what we can do with everyone on earth contributing!

    Yggdrasil Tree Of LifeYggdrasil Tree Of LifeAylar önce
  • I wish the leader of North Korea would see this to change his vision and act upon this ....sigh

    David SimonDavid SimonAylar önce
  • 0:31 that is a cake not a pie

    Noah AdkinsNoah AdkinsAylar önce
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