Illusions of Time

8 Jan 2021
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1896 snowball fight:
Prospective and retrospective timing:
ISOLATION - Mind Field:
(every episode of Mind Field is free to watch on ALworld!)
speed of time as we age:
FELT TIME by Marc Wittmann:
"Age effects in perception of time":
WaitButWhy article about The Lion King:
Barbara Walters for scale subreddit:
Barbara Walter world history image:
Examples of facts that challenge our chronological illusions:
My "Narrow Slice" video:
construal level theory:
Pipe Dream" -
Early smile image:
2:30am at a 7-11 near Disney World - 1987:
Great subreddit for candid video:
New York City in 1993 in HD - DTheater DVHS Demo Tape:
"Historical consciousness: the enigma of different paradigms":
Zachary Sayre Schiffman's THE BIRTH OF THE PAST:
History of twitter UI:
Effect of roads:
Talking With Attenborough Vsauce video:
archive footage from and shutterstock
MRI clips are of my brain as taken by the Stark lab featured in this Mind field episode:
--MUSIC (in order of first appearance)--
"glitch" audionetwork
"sweet revival" audionetwork
"passage of time" audionetwork
"desert witch" audionetwork
"facing south" audionetwork
"broadway dawn" audionetwork
"final breath" audionetwork
"tribeca" audionetwork
"carlin dream" Jake Chudnow
"martinique" audionetwork
"lazy daze" audionetwork
"imaginary sun w less voices" Jake Chudnow
"why so blue" audionetwork
"for leah" Jake Chudnow
"shona" Jake Chudnow
"moon men" Jake Chudnow
"crypt" audionetwork
"eclectica" audionetwork
"banjo ascension" audionetwork
"heat and dust" audionetwork
"twisted trip" audionetwork

  • Michael without a beard? I was shoked

    KingMopsKingMops17 sekonda më parë
  • "stanning could give you life" you heard the man folks now go stan EXO

    PepStepPepStep2 minuta më parë
  • He absolutely deserves all the 16.5 million subscribers and many more to come. I am wondering how much time he spends on writing the scripts for each video and the perfection at which he delivers the script is awe-inspiring.

    Ranadheer GoudRanadheer Goud2 minuta më parë
  • Just finished a course on philosophy and this is basically what Augustinus was all about. Very interesting subject, highly recommend reading some of his work!

    TaurusTaurus4 minuta më parë
  • Hey, VSauce, Sergio here!! You have a fantastic channel. Could you insert English subtitles on your videos? You'll raise subscriptions considerably for English language students!!

    Sergio AvilaSergio Avila5 minuta më parë
  • Anyone else guess 2:30 and then check the time exactly as it hit 2:30?

    Wa _ geWa _ ge6 minuta më parë
  • I lost track of my time watching this...

    Jayaprakash KJayaprakash K7 minuta më parë
  • is he really back??? 2021 you've done it again baby!!!

    Lofentse MashegoLofentse Mashego13 minuta më parë
  • He looks like an uncle

    Jonathan ZeruJonathan Zeru14 minuta më parë
  • Michael without a beard looks kinda like Michael

    TravTrav17 minuta më parë
  • Omg Michael is a mythical beast

    Mustafa KilincMustafa Kilinc20 minuta më parë
  • Hey Michael, Vsauce here

    D KSD KS22 minuta më parë
  • Return of the science man

    Oliver VandersliceOliver Vanderslice23 minuta më parë
  • Novelty is the under-emphasized cause of everything discussed. Newness, first experiences, stand out in our memories. Repeat experiences, not so much; and as we get older, we develop resistance to the drug called dopamine. I'm pretty sure dopamine levels of memory formation are linked, or failing just that one to one correlation, dopamine and other neurotransmitters working in tandem as we experience stimulating things that will stand out in the future. Thus alcohol and other forms of dopamine/serotonin-producing addictions or addiction-like behaviors bloom as we get older.

    Christopher IvanChristopher Ivan24 minuta më parë
  • Who's watching in 2025?

    MZDrum19MZDrum1929 minuta më parë
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    Mauris LiviMauris Livi32 minuta më parë
  • i would love more videos on this topic! it's very interesting

    KarolineKaroline32 minuta më parë
  • you dont notice him when hes gone, but when he comes back....he leaves an imprint on mankind

    Chricky119Chricky11933 minuta më parë
  • So that why it took him 5 months to upload he needed to grow his beard.

    Lavapl JLavapl J37 minuta më parë
  • Is anyone now?

    Kye3k1Kye3k137 minuta më parë

    SpyrøツSpyrøツ38 minuta më parë
  • "Protagonist syndrome" *Laughs in Tenet

    Zachary EwellZachary Ewell40 minuta më parë
  • Anybody watched this in 2020?

    Paul StevensPaul Stevens44 minuta më parë
  • I bet in ten years we’re gonna be like “Back in my day we had to use our legs”

    Hammy 24Hammy 2444 minuta më parë
  • this is quite ironically related to last year

    mirrorsedgymirrorsedgy45 minuta më parë
  • Who is here in 2021? 😎👇

    Hans JægerHans Jæger53 minuta më parë
    • Yes!

      SeanasSeanas47 minuta më parë
  • As Renato russo said, your parents are children just like you.

    cacatua miseravelcacatua miseravel56 minuta më parë
  • It's hard to imagine something new, look and feel old. As a kid, I remember older cars that were rusted and on their last leg and tried to picture the new cars as such, but never could in the moment. But as time progressed, I'd see these cars that once were new and not being surprised at all. I still struggle picturing new cars rusted, even with a better understanding.

    RangeRov49RangeRov4956 minuta më parë
  • 1 year ago

    bertram spangbertram spang57 minuta më parë
  • Wow

    Shahin ShahinShahin ShahinOrë më parë
  • this is deep

    rooder gxrooder gxOrë më parë
  • This video went by fast for me, but feels substantial, when I think about it. Guess that means it was significant. Thanks, Michael

    Asa ViklundAsa ViklundOrë më parë
  • This is what we need in 2021.

    Esha EppersonEsha EppersonOrë më parë
  • This video is essential; you can't, but think again

    Thomas JackThomas JackOrë më parë
  • google "pipedream" to see wat micheal meant by "felt real". amused

    iduncareanimoreiduncareanimoreOrë më parë
  • Imagine disliking a Vsauce video

    Jeremiah SimmonsJeremiah SimmonsOrë më parë
  • My man back at it again with the existential crisis of a generation. Sure do love realizing I barely exist now or in memory.

    Humbled BugHumbled BugOrë më parë
  • Oh fuck....

    John AndreadakisJohn AndreadakisOrë më parë
  • Made my day

    Rajat KhatriRajat KhatriOrë më parë
  • Cleopatra lived closer to our time than the time the pyramids were build !

    Sebastiaan van RijkSebastiaan van RijkOrë më parë
  • Me: "I'm a pretty smart cookie. I understand what going on around me". Watches this video. Also me: Wait... What'd he say? (Backup and watch again) Ow... My brain.

    Yankee_Redneck NHYankee_Redneck NHOrë më parë
  • Thanks! I missed you.

    Alexandru Mihai AmarieiAlexandru Mihai AmarieiOrë më parë
  • Michael Shaves.... My world has reset itself.

    Ian TaylorIan TaylorOrë më parë
  • Nice Video

    Grick1337Grick1337Orë më parë
  • Mr. Clean

    lem0nsonglem0nsongOrë më parë
  • love love love

    shannehotshannehotOrë më parë
  • I love how I thought that it was the end of the video at least 3 times and then it just kept going. I love when a video is packed with information and things to think about like this!

    David TranterDavid TranterOrë më parë
  • 7 Different Shirts. I was sure there would be something at the end about it, but no. I counted anyway.

    AluzionzAluzionzOrë më parë
  • The question is not where but when??

    Esther JoseEsther JoseOrë më parë
  • Еще один лысый (не совсем лысый правда) бородач говорит о том что с старостью время летит быстрее.

    Павел АнатольевичПавел АнатольевичOrë më parë
  • 8:16 Actually I would kinda figure out when the period of time would end, as I, with my knowledge I brough with me - A year is 365,25 days long and every sunrise is a new day (and I am so alive) - I would just count the times the sun rises, so after 3652 sunrises I would be like "Now! I nailed it! Exactly ten years have passed. Anyway, I will sue you for ruining my twenties, my career and my whole social life for such a terrible useless experiment!" 29:54 Young people should do this rather than jump into a something after school, just because they don't wanna lose time, take some weeks or even months to think about what you really want and really can do. "Waste" weeks, not years in the wrong field.

    dslumsonstdslumsonstOrë më parë
  • Me counting how many shirts vsauce changed during the whole video:)

    Esther JoseEsther JoseOrë më parë
  • who else is watching in 2021?

    RynoRynoOrë më parë
  • Man...he talks and sounds just like Quinten Tarintino.

    TRAC4USTRAC4USOrë më parë
  • Yo, it's michelle Obama

    minecraft vetminecraft vetOrë më parë
  • hi king

    TehiiTehiiOrë më parë
  • Because this video got me thinking about time, this video felt like it lasted for an eternity.

    Aldar TalvisteAldar TalvisteOrë më parë
  • Beardless michael won't hurt you

    Lord Habitaxe of PrydoniaLord Habitaxe of PrydoniaOrë më parë
  • This is LOVE!

    AlFeeZyAlFeeZyOrë më parë
  • What if time is just passing to the entire stills of existence and possibility meaning past, present and future still exists in real time.

    AL RizoAL RizoOrë më parë
  • 14:00 Cronostatic Illusion has reminded me of 2 ideas I had ever since I started studying to be a teacher. 1-This explains how we see teachers stay at a certain age, almost like frozen in time, for so many years while students grow and become older. To then realize how old that teacher is now when we realize that we are now at the age they were when we were at school. 2- I came to the concrete understanding that if you are a "new" adult (early 20s), then if you try dating someone 5 years younger it's technically pedophilia because the other is half a teenager. But if you're in your mid 20s, that teen is now at least 20. Thus making it a normal relationship in the eyes of many adults. Because age gaps are often distorted in the eyes of many once the younger person is at a certain age where they are seen as mature. Due to my position as teacher I have conditioned myself to feel grossed out to seekng younger girls that way to avoid any possible feelings in the future. I mention this so people don't think I'm condoning breeding teens or anything. That's disgusting.

    Jun G. O.Jun G. O.2 orë më parë
  • Amazing and thought provoking. the short short concept is a terrifying observation of our current state as a society that can not disconnect and unplug, and have an unyielding hunger for stimulation.

    aag1234567aag12345672 orë më parë
  • May your days go fast and your years slow.

    James HartJames Hart2 orë më parë
  • Yeah that hit the spot 21.22

    SensoSenso2 orë më parë
  • I Won't be surprised if Michael even managed to build a time machine during quarantine

    Kalpesh RawatKalpesh Rawat2 orë më parë
  • I like how you incorporated obscure sorrows. As I'm a huge fan

    Joey JoeJoeJoey JoeJoe2 orë më parë
  • Life is a waste of time, and time is a waste of life. Get wasted all the time, and you'll have the time of your life! Billy Connolly

    taz wtaz w2 orë më parë
  • If time is fabric, then it's probably made out of Kevlar.

    Twisted BunnyTwisted Bunny2 orë më parë
  • 12:38 - January 2020... The before times.

    AluzionzAluzionz2 orë më parë
  • He looks naked without a beard

    Incredible crocodileIncredible crocodile2 orë më parë
  • Hello to any time travelers seeing this in 2025. The whole pandemic thing is still here, not entirely gone, but apparently close to gone. The world seems to be healing. I live in Iran, the regime is still here, the leader still alive, I hope they're gone by the time you're watching this video and reading the comments, traveler.

    Teddy the HeadTeddy the Head2 orë më parë
  • Did Michael made this video in different times? Has anybody noticed his sweaters and beards having changes?

    Aditya NairAditya Nair2 orë më parë
  • Look, I know it's kinda unsettling to suddenly stop advancing, but we gotta stop at some point, otherwise it would be our demise

    spoike dainja leslayspoike dainja leslay2 orë më parë
  • is anyone watching this in 2020?

    Arwyn O'loughlinArwyn O'loughlin2 orë më parë
  • missed you ❤️❤️

    family guyfamily guy2 orë më parë
  • 0:17 inception. WELCOME BACK MAN!

    wildish Gambinowildish Gambino2 orë më parë
  • "It didn't suddenly become vertical" Oh boy the world is getting worse by the day

    spoike dainja leslayspoike dainja leslay2 orë më parë
  • There are no illusions “of” time... Time itself IS the illusion. Time and space are both illusions.

    Zyon ClaytonZyon Clayton2 orë më parë
  • The avatar is back. We are saved

    They Call Me CrazyThey Call Me Crazy2 orë më parë
  • Way to blow my mind again! Had a great TIME watching... Great to see you again Mr. V.

    gbessette40gbessette402 orë më parë
  • Great content

    Austin ArmstrongAustin Armstrong2 orë më parë
  • Am I the only one who is scared of time? Is there even a definition or a word?

    Dragon ChannelDragon Channel2 orë më parë
  • I came here trough discord... cus i asked "is time going fast" :)

    Mathew :3Mathew :32 orë më parë
  • Whenever I watch a movie I haven't seen in ages, I could always swear that certain parts came later

    spoike dainja leslayspoike dainja leslay2 orë më parë
  • *"your parents keep getting older right along with you "*

    Redgie PotenciandoRedgie Potenciando2 orë më parë
  • Chronosonder. I once went to some catacombs where there were thousands of skulls of people who lived 1000 years ago, preserved. It freaked me out that they were all people with lives like mine, and now 1000 years later I was looking at their skulls. That was chronosonder. Thanks for teaching me a word for how that felt!

    misty mmisty m2 orë më parë
  • Shrek was released *19 years ago*

    spoike dainja leslayspoike dainja leslay2 orë më parë
  • Who is also watching this on saturday 16 2021 at 13h40 ??

    legeekessayistelegeekessayiste2 orë më parë
  • His voice is not changing

    Yujan cedric FiedacanYujan cedric Fiedacan2 orë më parë
  • So good 👌👌👌

    Emili JahEmili Jah2 orë më parë
  • Those three days of isolation sum up my entire lifetime so far.

    Jake LockettJake Lockett2 orë më parë
  • 🔱🎦💠✨☢🌦🧹👼❄✨✨🔵✨ *Jesus Kristus er den eneste sanne Gud!* *Den ene Gud som stod opp fra de døde og lever evig.* *Jesus Kristus er den eneste som er kvalifisert til å gi oss evig liv.* *også helbrede kroppen sin.* *(slå opp og spør ham)*

    Briktu LucyBriktu Lucy3 orë më parë
  • im scared.. hes an alien

    Upbeat CharlesUpbeat Charles3 orë më parë
  • Impressively full beard for the time period.

    Thomas MylesThomas Myles3 orë më parë
  • Watching this late at night struggling to stay away seems like time and this video has been going forever but I'm only 14:06 in

    Franco PirrelloFranco Pirrello3 orë më parë
  • You may not have the time of your life, but you may have MORE time of your life. I hate you! xD Also, I'd consider it pointless, that's like hammering a nail in my shin just create a "save point". :p

    FoxVoxDK NoneofyourbusinessFoxVoxDK Noneofyourbusiness3 orë më parë
  • King is back! Long live the king!

    Daniel MarinDaniel Marin3 orë më parë
  • Meditation provides LONG LONG

    KonstantinKonstantin3 orë më parë
  • Great video, thanks!

    MrZiglvleitMrZiglvleit3 orë më parë
  • I watch these videos even tho my brain hurts afterwords

    The Comment ReviewerThe Comment Reviewer3 orë më parë