Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

One day, if human civilisation ever wipes itself out, aliens or one of our successors will cast an eye on our ruined planet, and ask themselves what ever happened to. Their answer might look a little like this. The root cause won’t be the specific catastrophe, conflict or devastation that eradicates us; the problem will begin with the architecture of the human brain. This tool will be remembered for being, in part, deeply impressive, containing a 100 billion neurons capable of extraordinary computations and combinations. As aliens will note, a particular part of the mind where our most dazzling thoughts unfolded was known to neuroscientists as the neocortex; a part that in humans was many times larger than that found in any other species. This is what helped the hugely clever ape to produce The Magic Flute, Anna Karenina, Concorde and civilisation. However, our alien friends will also note that the human mind contained another component, very influential but far less impressive, known as the reptilian brain (an aggressive lustful impulsive
section of machinery), with a great deal more in common with what might be found in a hyena or a small rodent. Because of this reptilian brainended up with three grave problems: Firstly, tribalism. Humans were always on the verge of developing violent hatreds of foreigners and manifested strong ongoing tendencies to slaughter strangers in vast numbers. They could never reliably see the humanity in all members of their own kind. Secondly,was fatefully prone to short-term thinking. Even when confronted by data, it could only imagine the near-term future, a few years at best, viewing the long-term as a chimerical and unreal state. Its immediate impulses were left uncontained and worked to destroy its individual and collective future. Lastly,had an especially keen fondness for wishful thinking. Though capable of immense intellectual achievement, its mind hated to reflect on itself, it couldn’t bear to submit its ideas to rational scrutiny, it preferred to act rather than think and daydream rather than plan. Having invented the scientific method, it preferred, in most cases, to not to use it. It had a narcotic desire for distraction and fantasy. It didn’t want to know itself. For many generations, these three flaws were more or less endured. Certain institutions were invented to attenuate them: the law, sound government, education, philosophy, science. It worked, sort of. Humans did keep wiping out swathes of their fellows, but they didn’t scupper the species as a whole. What caused the ultimate destruction was the increasing yet untrammelled power of the neocortex. This mighty tool eventually managed to capture fire, contain the elements, and givea godlike power over the planet, while the animal overall still operated with reflexes as serene and gentle as those of a hyena. The cost of its mistakes grew ever larger, its powers became uncontained while its wisdom remained intermittent and fragile. Eventually, its might outpaced its capacity for self-control; it became a nuclear armed rodent. There was one thing that might have saved humanity: love. And three varieties of love in particular: Firstly, the love of the stranger; the capacity to see the other as like oneself and worthy of the same mercy and charity. Secondly, the love of the unborn: the concern for those who do not yet exist and whom one will never know but whose lives one is shaping in the selfish present. Thirdly, the love of the truth: the strength to resist illusion and lies and square up to uncomfortable facts of all kinds. We don’t need to be aliens of the future to understand all this. We can see the disaster scenario only too well right now. The fate of civilisation lies ultimately not in the law courts, at the ballot box or in the corridors of governments. It lies in our ability to master the most short-term, selfish and violent of our impulses active in the dense folds of organic matter between our ears; it lies in learning how relentlessly to try to compensate for the flawed architecture of the human mind.

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100 Responses

  1. Michael Lawson says:

    We are a living oxymoron.

  2. Peter Simpson says:

    It's all been laid out in the bible millennia ago and nobody understands it or if they do it's one of those inconvenient truths. The book of revelations isn't a punishment it's a prediction of what our greed and self interest will bring about and its happening. We've all sunk into apathy because our cells are too comfortable and convenient

  3. Panda Panda says:

    It’s funny that even though we didn’t take this direction, we let sensitive people who are now just finding reasons for no probable cause just getting offended, humanity is ALREADY destroyed it may not be the earth burning but it seems pretty damn close.

  4. Jacqueline Keijzer says:

    ….wed now…!?!LL$$lVlRR
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  5. Cars and Cameras says:

    The invention of the spork highlighted the beginning of the end. It was the end of inventing things that would benefit society & as a byproduct make a living & started exploiting humans weaknesses & selfish craving of convenience for profit. ?

  6. John Didsbury says:

    "it didn't want to know itself" – in my eyes this is key. The only way to save humanity is for us to collectively raise our consciousness. If everyone could learn to sit with themselves with no distractions they would soon see the true core of their being. Once you realize we are all one and the same, then love takes over. People will start thinking about the bigger picture when they make decisions, and be less concerned with the short lived hits of dopamine that controls most people's lives. It all comes down to consciousness. Lack of consciousness in the masses is what causes blind consumption of crap, whether it be junk food, brainwashing TV or excessive alcohol. Once you bring awareness into your life you realize that your addiction to consumption of crap serves neither you nor the world, it simply gives you a momentary hit of pleasure, puts money in the pocket of the rich, fucks the planet and fucks you!

  7. Mark Green says:

    Maybe when I'm gone there will be no universe.

  8. colin mccarthy says:

    Humanity was never there in the first place.

  9. Stacy Mackenzie says:

    It won't be the human brain; unless you consider a dangerous mix of reckless stupidity and an unwillingness to recognize reality.

  10. bgoodfella7413 says:

    If everyone became a Buddhist we might be alright.

  11. don't Care says:

    Our species wasn't meant to live forever.

  12. Digvijay Urs says:

    Really needed this..felt I was the alien having wierd thoughts with wishful thinking gone too far..thank you for making me realise that there is something in the brain which is doing all this..I even went so far thinking that god creates good and bad people and I was the bad person and trying to be good all these years..

  13. Pool-Aid says:

    2.8k people saw this video as anti-abortion or pro immigrant propaganda.

  14. AnifleX says:

    What every religion speaks of

  15. sscoyote says:

    If we ever destroy ourselves it won't be because of what is proposed from this video. It'll probably be because we don't have the capability to control our population.

  16. Alexandra says:

    I find it funny how the first thing this video says about how humanity could change is to love itself and its neighbor. Yet most of these comments are repeating on the hate and low faith and confidence. I love humans. Nothing in life is perfect so why should we be? Things fail and succeed in an endless cycle. That doesnt mean we need to make things worse and hate ourselves or our neighbors in a time when the human race needs to come together. Like usual a good future is on the horizon if we choose to act now and look further than the short term. I could go on and on about why lol. ✌? good luck guys.

  17. Bris Vegas says:

    you forgot to mention the disconnection from nature, reconnect and problem solved.

  18. Jacob says:

    I never seem to have a problem with thinking about climate change. I understand the dangers. Could you be more specific?


    The suicide rate is high, because both genders; boys and girls feel the need to stick over their limits to be a part of the beauty standarts "everyone talks about".

    They feel the need to become stick sillicone barbie dolls to get "likes" on Instagram and Facebook. Instead of humans loving their curves, they get bodyshamed. If you're overweight, underweight, obese, anorexic, normal, curvy, thick… as long as you love your body, eat healthy and keep yourself busy with your hobbies It's gonna be alright.

    Those models and fashionista's feel like buying leather shoes, while many businesses produce so much trash to be let out in the nature…

    Think of us pitying our society now and blaming people for the plastic in the sea, while you never blame yourself on how many plastic bottles, makeup containers etc used and wasted…

    I'm only 13 years old, you may think "What does she knows? She's only 13" It's my opinion and you can hate me for it, but I don't care. I won't change my opinion.

  20. Yargundev says:

    The problem with humanity is the forces the keep us in ignorance

  21. OnothingnessO says:

    I presume you’re talking about the post agriculture iteration of “humanity.”

  22. Derek Atkins says:

    Around 3:00, when various institutions are listed that have tried to rein in humanity's destructive tendencies, two very key institutions were left out altogether: the family, and religion. Leaving out these two institutions leads to a flawed (or at best incomplete) analysis of man's self-destructive tendencies.

  23. aa898246 says:

    It's violent freakin- video games causing death and violence and nuclear war!

  24. Humanity says:

    I Agree…

  25. Claudio Erazo says:

    Great video

  26. Sarah Brown says:

    Why does this have so many dislikes, people are so afraid of the truth

  27. Corazon Ledesma says:


  28. Abdullah Muzaffar says:

    This video reeks of jew behind it , its the same thing that's is thrown at us every second from every direction possible. i appreciate how these videos are made but the content is still the same thing i ve been hearing since a child . love doesn't do anything at all if it could you never would have made this video , look at the modern western society the more you people embrace love the more you get volatile homosexuality in the name of love , incest in the name of love and every morally bad thing you do in the name of love. For ANYthing success is achieved by rationality and principles based on that rationality, just like how a car plant makes cars. its not hard to understand but you just got to be ignorant

  29. Cyanide says:

    How will we ever be saved?

  30. JabbaFett says:

    Ur voice is pretty dope.

  31. DMPepe says:

    Nihilism is what has brought humanity to the state of things

  32. TrAcEy B.R.E says:

    I understand we all play a part of living clean. But how can that be done when evil government uses radiation weaponry bombs dry up countries. A world paying so much to technology yet ppl stave how is that OK. The government complain plastic yet won't stop using it smoking yet won't stop producing them dirty electricity yet they know we have free energy farming yet they want to use toxic chemicals the list is long to write down so yes we all play a part but as far as I can see in my life its the poor who help clean living rather them in power sure they spit it from their mouths but the evil and greed is too much. People are forced to live certain ways because of greedy man. Tell our worldwide government get their act together or step aside allow the poor to do it they have bigger hearts to love our planet. Remember a government telling us to do better produces these toxic items we use on earth get that they allow them then point the finger.

  33. piesaLipsă says:

    it s patetic? saying that about animals(reptilian brain), like until now should to be dead because no data long term vision issues ? and human aswell it s preciously designed for his place in the trophic chain, aliens why always need to fuck'd up something by selling hacks to kids and make them dumb ?after to believe they are useless without them? if you leave humankind to live in their world everything will run smoothly, but not by tempting them with alien shits where it s never enough and the fuckin' bugs stay where should to stay? this is a human dream so don t need to know the truth, it s already within them everywhere but fuckin aliens want to make human being like them to fuck the real humans who live to be humans not dirty minds who are blinded by light and dark. As Humans we always love each other this is what fuckin alien can't understand, we fight only what it's in our way, to stay humans with roots in our natural earth, aliens and bugs are only idiots around now?

  34. Daniel Jesus says:

    Incredible and inspiring content, as always. Thank you!

  35. WhyIsThisTrue? says:

    The best lie is 90% true or how to get enough wrong in just over 5 minutes to make it plausible? The truth, while not found here, is stranger than fiction and alas, still true. GetWisdom.com

  36. sammy nyaga says:

    Absolutely Magnificent

  37. Chiquicat says:

    Anyone knows a surgeon who can remove the reptilian brain?

  38. ollieone051 says:

    Think about it, every item in every store will eventually end up in a landfill. All we do is take from the earth and throw it away. Imagine an entire wall mart supercenter in the trash, every last item including the building itself.

  39. ItzTheOnly Kami says:

    When the earth is destroyed once again, I don't want us to come back. But if we do, I hope we'll have sense.

  40. redshift444 says:

    The answer is the baha'i faith.

  41. Twizted Dezign says:

    Good fucking riddance. I hope not even one survives the climate change. Not even one.

  42. Micah Buzan says:

    The School Of Pessimism

  43. Rick James says:

    Don't worry I hear alexandria ocasio-cortez and the government is gonna save the earth lol. But ill put my faith in Jesus Christ and know he'll come before mankind completely destroys earth.

  44. Mrs. Willette says:

    We are out biggest threat

  45. Chris Trudell says:

    1 word: greed.

  46. Natheria says:

    Not flawed, cursed. Cursed by our own damn self's.

  47. Chucky Gold says:

    The problem with us is we think in logic but our emotions have control over us and it's a constant battle to balance both

  48. Tommy O Donovan says:

    Sheep or a Wolf
    Slave or Master
    Dead or Alive.

    The difference between a Dog and a Hunan, a dog will not bite you once you make it prosperous.

  49. GoldenNorway1 says:

    For such a wise species, we're truly a really stupid species…

  50. Decebalo says:

    My reptilian brain wants to know who DA' HELL PUTTED 1K DISLIKES?!?!?

  51. Thei Du says:

    Does this apply to everyone?

  52. Roger Huggett Jr. says:

    There are 2 sides to these coins. Fallen nature leads to the negatives, but wishful thinking , for example, can help us not be short-term thinkers and invest in a better future we can't see and make sacrifices that won't benefit us. Tribalism may allow martyrs to stand against evil for their faith, knowing that good for humanity or their people is its a non-religious cause, may come from it.

  53. Ben Walch says:

    in correct scientific clasification there is no such thing as the reptilian brain.!

  54. Abran Cullen says:

    Amazingly, what the video told about love can also be seen in the Bible; and that love conquers all and forgives all.

  55. BL says:

    'Cause we stupid af

  56. BL says:

    Aliens probably don't even have weapons or wars. If they have managed to get to that point of technology level, it's probably because they didn't use it to destroy themselves.

  57. BL says:

    Mmmmm…. sorry, but reptiles aren't that stupid, chimpanzees on the other hand, are. So, I don't think the problem relies on that part of the brain, although I know it is easy to think so.

  58. BL says:

    It's not that we are "irrational", it's that we are aggressive

  59. Bruce Layfield says:

    This knowledge should be taught in schools all over the world. Why are classes in ethics not taught in our public schools. Many children have only religion as an ethics background and look where that has got us. Ethics and philosophy should be taught in elementary schools when we can reach young minds before they have learned prejudice and hate.

  60. Buttercupfox says:

    We were brainwashed by ppl using bible as excuse for everything. Love is a sin? If a women helaed someone with her s she was a witch and a sin? Hmmm. Bible could be heccin rewritten billion times translate etc. And some ppl follow this book 24/7. We also have fandom XD thats…. Another talk.

  61. Bornto WorkandDie says:

    Climate changed/global warming cooling happened before mankind or industrial revolution. Parrots. You believe #2 a lie itself

  62. Josee Noel says:

    "Hear hear", well done. Humans are unworthy of the Garden of Eden and want to take the animals out of it. Just another sin.

  63. Patrik Bergqvist says:


  64. 1997giannis says:

    jesus christ said to love it s other and that the truth will set us freee if we want to save ourselves we must do what he taught us

  65. Cry baby Seal says:

    Then in 2034 we will live in mad max

  66. Sam Lair says:

    Two things that reptilian brain cannot grasp:
    1) Scientific realities that you cannot see or taste / like the Greenhouse Effect
    2) Spiritual realties

  67. Madcircle says:

    0:08 OH NO some dreranged chic fuckd a cockroach

  68. Chris Gill says:

    Mankind, with his 'Superior' Brain, made him a totally worthless entity. A detriment to it's self and it's environment. Good riddance! I disagree with the 'Love of the unborn', because it's just a worthless unborn entity.

  69. Chris Gill says:

    The two worst jokes ever played on this planet was, in order of worse case scenario: (1 Humanity (2 Government/Power, and those who control it(Especially the U.S. Government).

  70. Luke Six says:

    goob bye humans…. nice knowing you guys.

  71. FelineSLK says:

    Humans have got so clever that they've trapped and ruins themselves in their own stupidity. This is why I don't like humans. The human brain is impressive, but it hasn't been used in the right way, so that's why I like cats way more than humans #catsreignsupreme

  72. L. cab says:

    If we'd follow Jesus Christ teachings will be able to get along.
    Anything short of that is bound for evil.

  73. Mitchell Murdock says:

    In my opinion other animals had the right idea, in humans' search for "more" we have lost sight of what is actually important and what is actually necessary to sustaining life. We have over-complicated life to the point of which most of us remain blind to the reality of nature and life and the rest of us feel so stuck and overwhelmed by all the unnecessary aspects of human life that many develop mental illnesses or even physical illnesses due to the stress. Many people including people in my own family have committed suicide due to not being able to handle the stresses and expectations of daily human life. We are toiling away and for what? So every new generation can be less and less in touch with nature? So that we can have "things"? So that 1% of all humanity can feel successful? Recognizing that you are in a cage is the first step to being free, and if modern society isn't a cage then I don't know what it is.

  74. Igor Froes says:


  75. Der Echte Aller Eechten? Rechtschreiber says:

    Wow god have take 1 fail in us brain

    Sry bad Englisch…

  76. Forrest B says:

    Pray…for we need help and we need it everyday.

  77. BJFA says:

    This is the Philosophy of Jesus

  78. David Jackson says:

    We make (bad) ideas which aren't alive, more important than life itself. Socialism/Communism versus Capitalism and any religion you care to name. We're fucked.

  79. Theodore Bugsby says:


  80. Paulo Raposo says:

    No, not really. Despite all that, most human being have loving and caring tendencies. When we are wiped out, it will be because of a minority clique of psychopath criminals!!!! Who btw are likely to be the few survivors.

  81. Thato therLord says:

    I could have a conversation about this for hours

  82. condorX2 says:

    What we don’t understand, we fear. What we fear, we judge as evil. What we judge as evil, we attempt to control. And what we cannot control…we attack.
    -Mr. Unknown

  83. Ziemek Z says:

    "reptilian brain found in small rodents leads to tribalism". Please don't use so superficial assumptions because it's almost a fake news and nonsense. What you called a "reptilian brain" is not the cause of tribalism, because any complex social behavior (and tribalism is actually a very complex behavior) is probably encoded in neocortex with it's relation to amygdala and striatum. Do amygdala and striatum primitive and reptilian? I don't think so. They encode many different affects, without which you would probably just stay in a somehow catatonic state. What you are trying to describe in this movie are primitive social behaviors. Primitive from the human point for view, but not from the chimpanzee point of view. But even though they are not reptilian. They are related very much to the primates, so they are located high in the evolutionary ladder. Some think they may doomed our civilization. That's possible. But it's not the brain, evolution, reptiles or chimpanzee you want to blame. I think it's just not our time yet. Maybe next time.

  84. J Jonh says:

    Is this meant to be serious? This is pure drivel…. It's so vague that the listener can infer it any way it wants…..I guess you give nonsense an English accent and americans will swallow it whole. .. But the daycare reaised generation has no perspective on real thinking. ..this is sickening stupid.

  85. Fran H says:

    "The reptilian brain, the oldest of the three, controls the body's vital functions such as heart rate, breathing, body temperature and balance." – https://thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/d/d_05/d_05_cr/d_05_cr_her/d_05_cr_her.html#targetText=The%20reptilian%20brain%2C%20the%20oldest,the%20brainstem%20and%20the%20cerebellum.
    yeah hes wrong, talks about the scientific method but makes a history video, not using the scientific method

  86. Zola Kyng Mianziula says:

    0:54 My guy you really should've thought twice about yout timing and wording shit's looking disrespectful. but nice vid other than that

  87. ChannalMath says:

    Of course, these are not really "flaws", especially the last one.

    We need wishful thinking because our lives are objectively terrible, because of the first two, because nature and other humans are cruel.

  88. Charles Rablin says:

    Haha my cockroach successors, in your dreams cockroach.

  89. spidy one says:

    you have big imagination bro what kind of drugs you take

  90. dylan alvarez says:

    Lol love led Hitler to lead his fatherland, just think about that

  91. Comet935 says:

    This video has no purpose only to depress anyone who watches.

  92. gdb 544 says:

    Any human with an I.Q less than 110 should not be allowed to live, that's the only way the human race will survive. Having a planet with billions of low I.Q humans is a recipe for disaster as you can easily witness by watching The Kardashians.

  93. J says:

    Most people are good. They just need a little help that’s all.

  94. Mike W says:

    The dependency on this bullshit technology is the ultimate demise…for nothing compares to the brain raw emotion love and the SOUL…the body is the vehicle soul is ageless

  95. Sean Williams says:

    At least we now know the type of people that thumbed this down

  96. Henry-E says:

    I just want to watch this again & again

  97. BordeBomb66 says:

    Humanity you never had it in the first place.

  98. Jason Jackson says:

    "…it hated to reflect on itself, it couldn't bare to submit it's ideas to rational scrutiny. It preferred to act rather than think". Reminds me of a well known politician. Oh, around 30% of what is written in social media.

  99. Michael Wilson says:

    The ability to change ones pattern of thinking over time through mental exercise is called Neuro Placisity and is our only hope…

  100. Lucas Herculano says:

    I'm thinking… are not the richers who are destroying we all ?
    We have so many techonlogie, we have a beautiful planet, unbelieveble diversity. But oh "look we are burning the amazon so we can profit from these people who are uneducated because we choose to keep their eyes and mind blinded". They choose to explore us, and make us the most competitive and not cooperative, what is the motor of evolution. And now we will define in a planet full of shit, plastic in the ocean and nothing left behind.. And the riches? They will are okay in their luxuos cars and houses with mordomos and clean water.

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