Do Chairs Exist?

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  1. Mawo Duffer

    Mawo Duffer8 دقائق قبل

    What if the simples making up everything are chairs

  2. Røbby

    Røbby9 دقائق قبل

    Bruh you're silly

  3. Mohit Sharma

    Mohit Sharma12 دقائق قبل

    How it started: do chairs exist? How it's going: I am death and I am scattering.

  4. Productimothy

    Productimothy18 دقائق قبل

    I prefer to think that reality is just elements. The name we give is just a grouping of the function of the collective atoms for purposes of communication and thinking. If the group of atoms no longer serve its function, it cannot be perceived or classified by the name because the objective of communication and thinking has not been met. It's all about human perceptions... When/if we create superintelligent AI, we would have to program it to learn human associations for things; otherwise, it would make any and all connections between anything and everything, which ruins the point of a neural network. (Without pattern recognition, it couldn't do anything.) But if we allowed it, let's say, 1,000 times as many logical connections between things as we learn and use ourselves, the AI would think much more efficiently--it would just need a better way to communicate. (I remember hearing discussions over the huge barrier in machine to human communication in the AI community.) Random thought: In a way, human-level thought is just a large number of functions that interact with each other.I don't have any experience in the creation of AI, but my thought is this: if we could break down human thought into individual functions, and apt them to interact such as ours, we could theoretically create human-level AI quite plausibly. It would inherently be able to think faster just because our neural interactivity is slower than technology is capable. We obviously could optimise it beyond human capability through giving it: 1. types of sensory inputs we don't have 2. complete symbioses to a duplicate systems 3. giving it innumerable input via the internet (possibly filtering the input through another AI to best meet defined objectives) 4. we could allow it to self-optimize at max speed. (Clearly, there's more to be brought up.)

  5. KBER

    KBER26 دقائق قبل


  6. L_3

    L_331 دقائق قبل

    I always enjoy the perspectives and possibilities he explains. Also 05:15 wtf

  7. True Chaotic

    True Chaotic46 دقائق قبل

    a 38 minute theory of how chairs exist, humans are evolving a little too fast

  8. Kodd

    Kodd53 دقائق قبل

    34:53 Clip it.

  9. Joe Dayton

    Joe Daytonساعات قبل

    the way he crossed his legs made me aggressively uncomfortable

  10. Kodd

    Koddساعات قبل

    I can finally convince my teacher the word "stuff" is good.

  11. Brandon Kigen

    Brandon Kigenساعات قبل

    He had my curiosity but when He sat like that, he had my attention

  12. Nejc Brezničar

    Nejc Brezničarساعات قبل


  13. IStillLikeIke

    IStillLikeIkeساعات قبل

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who keeps cheese in my t shirt

  14. Parky120

    Parky120ساعات قبل

    eres un grande, calvo

  15. xoxosu

    xoxosuساعات قبل


  16. FeastMyBrain

    FeastMyBrainساعات قبل

    More like "Hey Vsauce, Michael here. How fast can you run??"

  17. Pandaplush22

    Pandaplush22ساعات قبل

    You you can physically feel it, yes.

  18. Misteraskman

    Misteraskman2 ساعات قبل

    Is this and educational Found Footage?

  19. Dewyu Nohmi

    Dewyu Nohmi2 ساعات قبل

    V.S. = (?) My Mind is Dirty. 😆

  20. TreeofLiberty Defense

    TreeofLiberty Defense2 ساعات قبل

    My fiancée was trying on clothes while I was exercising and watching this. She left the room and said “I’m going upstairs my brain is overloaded”

  21. Mickey Halo

    Mickey Halo2 ساعات قبل

    "There is no spoon."

  22. Sunbrey_

    Sunbrey_2 ساعات قبل

    Do Tables... *Exist*?

  23. Woofle the Dog

    Woofle the Dog2 ساعات قبل

    What girls watch at 3 AM: makeup tutorials What boy's watch at 3 AM:

  24. Atharva Swami

    Atharva Swami2 ساعات قبل

    I questioned Michael's life after this video...

  25. James Stephenson

    James Stephenson3 ساعات قبل

    If God created the universe, then he can decide what constitutes a chair. It's the 'God's game - God's rules'. Without God, chair is one of the many things which loses absolute meaning. Any moral system created in the absence of God's rules, is just an arbitrary system of behavioural guidelines that can only have meaning through subjective collective agreement. This is the problem encountered in a post-god world. With the death of God, objective truth also died.

  26. PieCar

    PieCar3 ساعات قبل

    Well, a chair is the plural of many atoms arranged in a certain way. Ok got it. But an atom is the plural of electrons, protons, and neutrons arranged in a certain way. And P and N are plural of different quarks arranged a certain way. And those quarks are plural to possibly vibrating strings or some other substance. When does it end?

  27. IOTVS

    IOTVS3 ساعات قبل

    Beards made you a Philosopher

  28. Fenriz Nobile

    Fenriz Nobile2 ساعات قبل

    Moustaches make you commit war crimes

  29. Rinoa's Auspicious Travails

    Rinoa's Auspicious Travails3 ساعات قبل

    This is a bit of a pointless episode since it's entirely unpractical thinking

  30. joseph3217

    joseph32173 ساعات قبل

    Perception is not reality. Experience is not reality. There is an #1 Objective physical universe and there is our #2 Limited unique sensory Experience of it and there is our #3 Conceptual realm imposed upon our perception. .. 1 Physical Universe - Physical Chair = Matter (energy string waves or atoms) 2 Sensory Experience - Sensory Chair - Relationaly = Item with adequate "chair" features for our "chair" purposes (our relationship with it) 3 Conceptualy realm imposed in our perspective

  31. Aditi Ananya

    Aditi Ananya3 ساعات قبل

    I swear i heard "Do shares exist?" And then I recalled the title of the video. And then i realised that shares' existence question a pretty valid question too.

  32. Peter McLaney

    Peter McLaney3 ساعات قبل

    Vsause has become more and more like welcome to Nightvale and it's incredible that it's still going, and in fact, only getting better :)

  33. JRags

    JRags3 ساعات قبل

    Isn't the answer "convienance"?

  34. Kazumaf

    Kazumaf3 ساعات قبل

    Hmmm.. 1 = infinity. Let me explain. When you're asleep or half awake, your time perception is very dull and imprecise. However, right before your death, you might experience 1= infinity. Since your dead, your senses are not only dulled but is destroyed, this includes your perception of time. So what if, there WAS a afterlife, but it's entirely in your mind. You have lost the perception of time, your thoughts make your own reality when you are dead. You will live in an eternity best suited for you as your consciousness see fit. So what I'm saying is, what if a second right before your death is your afterlife. You can now control time at your will before death but there is no more death, for one is equals to infinity

  35. Pawan Awasthi

    Pawan Awasthi4 ساعات قبل

    Michael's Wife: Honey, don't think about it! It's just a chair... Michael: Or Is It? *'Explains about chair for more than half an hour'

  36. Rexeit

    Rexeit4 ساعات قبل

    And then, real science : stop blabbering, do some real work

  37. MaywenEaredhel

    MaywenEaredhel4 ساعات قبل

    A chair is merely a construct created by society to give name to a combination of materials that are put together to provide a place to sit in order to better communicate with other humans. Animals have no concept of chairs because they have no need of them, nor a need to communicate them.

  38. SF10 Pilot

    SF10 Pilot4 ساعات قبل

    So much cheese in his shirt. LOL

  39. Daniele Haran

    Daniele Haran4 ساعات قبل

    Congratulations! You've just been trolled for almost 38 minutes 😂 we can call this DEFINITIONOFREALITYTROLLISM

  40. Knees

    Knees4 ساعات قبل

    Micheal really made a 38 minute video about chairs

  41. NMA 2011

    NMA 20114 ساعات قبل

    Yes they do. I’m sitting on one right now. (That easy)

  42. AB_____HI

    AB_____HI5 ساعات قبل

    36:56 I am the Danger, Skyler ! 👍🏻🔥

  43. Let's Rule

    Let's Rule5 ساعات قبل

    Welcome to the age of, end of the reasons, coz we do keep common sense :)

  44. PlugMySpirit

    PlugMySpirit5 ساعات قبل

    Mr Pirsig would enjoy this. Quite the quality time watching it I guess.

  45. Niklas Kuschick

    Niklas Kuschick5 ساعات قبل

    this feels like an instructional video for aliens who want to mimic being a human

  46. Malcy Maclennan

    Malcy Maclennan5 ساعات قبل

    Vsauce has gotten very philosophical lol

  47. Malcy Maclennan

    Malcy Maclennan5 ساعات قبل

    Is that duck quote on a tshirt yet?

  48. Sameer

    Sameer5 ساعات قبل

    Sanatan Dharma calls it "Maya".

  49. Sameer

    Sameer5 ساعات قبل

    In the last part, it sounded like type-systems in programing languages.. Duck typing.. C++ template meta programming.. C++ Concepts etc.!

  50. Carl Zeigler

    Carl Zeigler5 ساعات قبل

    So, you have invented set theory.

  51. Island Potatoes

    Island Potatoes5 ساعات قبل

    Micheal/Vsauce REAALLLY just said "Sus" Not gonna lie Micheal's kinda sus 😳

  52. ExtraPulpyJoosh

    ExtraPulpyJoosh6 ساعات قبل

    I’ve always loved the Vsauce model of fully destroying my brain in the first 2min and then enlightening me for half an hour

  53. FastAsFStudios

    FastAsFStudios6 ساعات قبل

    Michael's gonna start an actual belief

  54. Alexandru Curtui

    Alexandru Curtui6 ساعات قبل

    I bet that this debates went wild in the times of king Midas!

  55. Franzelou

    Franzelou6 ساعات قبل

    Imagine Vsauce was a lawyer

  56. Bella Davis

    Bella Davis7 ساعات قبل

    Me before clicking on this video: Am I ready for another Vsauce video?... Well, I guess here it goes. Intro: Chairs. Creepy lit up Michael: "Vsauce. Michael here. And here. Michael here. HEY VSAUCE! What is here? What is there? What really exists?" I suppose you are never ready for a Vsauce video XD

  57. jois code

    jois code7 ساعات قبل

    Mental breakdown and existential crisis lol

  58. BrightPage

    BrightPage7 ساعات قبل

    Context is a powerful thing

  59. whygiy

    whygiy7 ساعات قبل


  60. Aidan Goodroad

    Aidan Goodroad7 ساعات قبل

    I agree wholly with what Vsauce says here. However, due to relativity, personal genetics and societal justifications we call "norms:" my legs are relieved and unable to be relieved on another sitting object. Not a log round, not in criss cross applesauce, nor in an unergonomical shape.

  61. AHF • 7 years ago

    AHF • 7 years ago8 ساعات قبل

    Michael is the the human embodyment of a reddit essay arguement

  62. Wardude

    Wardude8 ساعات قبل

    Watch XRA then watch vsauce

  63. cervical detachment

    cervical detachment8 ساعات قبل

    24:10 no, not books, but still funny

  64. H8rsBeware

    H8rsBeware8 ساعات قبل

    You could do drugs before watching these and they'd make just as much or as little sense xD

  65. TurkeyBoy 517

    TurkeyBoy 5179 ساعات قبل

    1:11 amogus

  66. suckmylol

    suckmylol9 ساعات قبل

    My belief is that things exist as they are defined.

  67. DeadTwigg

    DeadTwigg9 ساعات قبل

    Loved the Allan watts reference at the end. This video has alot in common with his teachings it seems to "me". But I always take it with a grain of salt. I have in no way any authority to connect the ways of looking at the world through a zen and taoistic perspective to what Michael was talking about in the video but it felt like it hit some of the same points. Felt fairly familiar with some of the stuff Alan Watts said in some of the video's you can find on ARstart. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

  68. João Cardoso

    João Cardoso6 ساعات قبل

    Absolutely, thought the same all throughout

  69. Imperatore

    Imperatore9 ساعات قبل

    Me having anxiety: i m not gonna watch the beguinning of the fideo twice

  70. Wayde

    Wayde9 ساعات قبل

    what about the beast with 2 backs?

  71. Amy Taylor

    Amy Taylor7 ساعات قبل

    Hello there👋👋,how are you doing today? Hope you’re having a wonderful day?GOD BLESS YOU!!!❤️❤️

  72. Aeron duapa

    Aeron duapa9 ساعات قبل

    next vid *Is Giga Chad Real?*

  73. Brian Hope

    Brian Hope9 ساعات قبل

    The Japanese concept of "animism" is the way I personally resolve this debate. Animism dictates that every living thing has a "soul". I don't interpret it literally, but as a conceptual tool to rationalize the concept of items being distinct. As soon as we define a thing as something, a new "lifespan" for that thing begins. If someone produced a chair in a factory, that chair would begin its lifespan because the company would refer to it as a chair that it has produced. If I were to then acquire that chair and name it "Bruce", then a second, overlapping lifespan would begin. You can think of these lifespans as "threads of existence". As soon as that chair was destroyed, I would still retain the memories of "Bruce" (Think "Wilson" in Castaway). The thread of its existence as a chair would be cut at the moment of its destruction, but the thread of its existence as Bruce would only end when I either stop thinking of it as Bruce, forget that it exists, or die. In short, _belief in a thing being a thing_ gives that thing it's life. That is the start of its journey, and it only ends when we decide it does. 🤷‍♂️

  74. Ritik Singh

    Ritik Singh9 ساعات قبل

    Of course chairs do not exist We do not sit on chairs , we sit on stairs So I decided not to watch

  75. EssenSlug

    EssenSlug10 ساعات قبل

    A chair is a concept, it's the understanding, that a seating place fitted for one person has a name, which is chair

  76. Moriarty Shelby

    Moriarty Shelby10 ساعات قبل

    thx for made us confused..

  77. MikeClips

    MikeClips10 ساعات قبل


  78. JonasSkoett

    JonasSkoett10 ساعات قبل

    as someone studying 3d modelling: a mesh does not become a chair until i rename it. An unedited box is a chair if the first thing I did was to rename it. A name is merely a categorization, and in reality the chair is nothing but a series of components arranged in a way that i as the creator have decided to call a chair. And if i stack a bunch of chairs on top of each other and merge them into one polygon and call it "chairs01" i now have a singular chairs. The sanity of the categorization might be questioned, but if it's useful to my particular case i will do it. Thats just categorization having a context. I don't see why the real world is different. Chairs can me made of wildly different materials, but if is useful to call them a chair, we do. If you lose part of a bikini, and go looking for it, it might be more useful to talk about the part than the entire thing. So you call it something else. The atoms that made it up didn't stop existing, but your categorization changed.

  79. Aussie Jimbo

    Aussie Jimbo11 ساعات قبل

    I'll have what Michael's smoking

  80. Jordan Brown

    Jordan Brown11 ساعات قبل

    I am both smarter and fine for having watched this

  81. Bree Turnock

    Bree Turnock11 ساعات قبل

    Fam where'd that crane go tho?

  82. Reagan Kimberley

    Reagan Kimberley12 ساعات قبل

    This video proves that intelligence is a curse more than it proves anything else.

  83. Rens Tasma

    Rens Tasma12 ساعات قبل

    Does a chair Ex-is-t?

  84. PowWow Animations

    PowWow Animations12 ساعات قبل

    The longer I watch the more suspicious and menacing that chair looks.

  85. Ash

    Ash12 ساعات قبل

    yo why the chair salty tho

  86. Will

    Will12 ساعات قبل

    Michael, have you investigated Homotopy Type Theory? It’s an intersection of topology and type theory to try to sus out “what is” while also trying to define the “simples.”

  87. EJT

    EJT12 ساعات قبل

    the video took so long to make, the word sus was still a relevant meme, can't respect this guy enough

  88. GVC gamer

    GVC gamer12 ساعات قبل

    Of cause it exists u use it

  89. Nadim

    Nadim12 ساعات قبل

    I hope the arrangement/disturbance of the stuff that are hosting you never stop michael-ing!

  90. Alex Perazzo

    Alex Perazzo12 ساعات قبل

    watching this high sounds like a great time

  91. nodaysback

    nodaysback12 ساعات قبل

    Nonsense. The paper and the crane are not two things. It's just a piece of paper folded into the shape of a "crane." One thing. If you crumple up the piece of paper and throw it in the garbage, would that be a "crumple up " and a piece of paper? No. That's just a crumpled up piece of paper... in the garbage. All of these open ended, chase-your-tail-around concepts are largely impractical and for philosophers with not enough actual things to do..

  92. Bill Peralta

    Bill Peralta13 ساعات قبل

    Man licks a chair, pulls a slice of cheese out of his shirt, and the viewers just love it

  93. eBoB

    eBoB13 ساعات قبل

    I'm dizzy now, Michael.

  94. Till

    Till13 ساعات قبل

    Ceci n'est pas une chaise


    BABITA JAIN13 ساعات قبل

    0:40 legendary question

  96. Mark Ses

    Mark Ses13 ساعات قبل

    Then my life is a lie

  97. Michael Cherokee

    Michael Cherokee13 ساعات قبل

    Vsauce is completely insane.

  98. Ligma

    Ligma13 ساعات قبل

    when Michael is sus

  99. Lateralus06

    Lateralus0614 ساعات قبل

    A chair is defined by anywhere I sit. If I sit on the couch, that part of the couch I am sitting on is chair-ing.

  100. Mr m

    Mr m14 ساعات قبل

    Butifully interesting but useless

  101. Marlinton Technology Services

    Marlinton Technology Services14 ساعات قبل

    Bro had a slice of cheese in his shirt.

  102. Background character

    Background character14 ساعات قبل

    How am I going to explain to people that I no longer believe in chairs

  103. J J D

    J J D14 ساعات قبل

    I have to believe may people told you this. I'm too lazy to read all the comments. the crane origami represents a crane. it is not a crane. it's a "picture" of a crane. does your origami eat? does it shit? does it fly? if not, is not crane. you should know that a picture of anything is a representation of the thing, not the actual thing. calling it a bird does not give it the ability to lay eggs. (i was going to say "fly" but "eggs" is better.) i made an origami of an unicorn, now i know unicorns are real. please stop me because i just made an origami of "big foot" and "nessie" and frankie's monster! OMG! origami is the ultimate wish-granter!