Why You Shouldn’t Fear Death


One thing I can say about you right now, is that you are going to die, and yes this is scary, that is why today i am going to use scientific principles to help you understand and cope with the inevitable ending of your life. Grade 7 was the first i ever processed the concept of dying. I remember freezing in my tracks and thinking, wait so, this is all just going to end? Mommy! I eventually agreed with my own brain to suppres this fear and just go through the motions of life. I put excessive energy into schoolwork, got pimples, started date girls, realizing I only wanted to to them about the Lizzie McGuire movie, so I started dating guys, but it wasn’t until my brilliant high school teachers made me fall head over heals in love with science, that a healthy perspective on death began to emerge. Your body is controlled by genes that code for proteins that lead to the formation of neural impulses that make constantly search out for meaning in life. This was first shown in a slightly violent study in the 1960. Participants visualized videos of victims suffering electrical shocks. the participants watching the videos would harshly judge the victims of the shocks as bad people. Psychologists and bioligists began to posit that humans feel an inate impulse to create meaning. In this case if you had to watch someone get electrically shocked, then they must have deserved it. It is now understood that according to your biology, you and everyone else on the planet will constantly be looking for meaning to life, and to death. So according to science at least you know you’re not alone in any attempt to explain your own death. Now lets zoom out . Look at the night sky and you see the milky way galaxy full of an estimated 100 billion stars. That is is just one galaxy, there this a billion other galaxies in our observable universe, which is only expanded and getting bigger. How can we matter in such an expansive universe? Well, put both of your firsts together like this. That is roughly the size of your brain. An organ that has evolved over millions of years to have 86 billion neurons and even Glial cells to support it. There are more cells in your brain than stars in the milky way galaxy. You have an incredibly biological machine tucked wonderfully into your skull right now, that is astonishingly capable of conceptualizing the very idea that our universe is huge, expanding and vast. Science essential proves you are exceptionally smart. Before you die, you have unique opportunity to live a complex and wonderful life. Like all other forms of life on earth, you are made of atoms and atoms and molecules smashing into one another, absorbing energy from your environment, but unique to you, in your amazing brain, is the ability to contemplate your actions, make decisions, and care. Now let’s zoom in. As a science teacher I know you should all remember drawing the electron diagrams of the first 20 elements of the periodic table. This is part of most, worldwide, high school science curriculum’s. If you don’t remember doing that, then on behalf of all science teachers everywhere… clap clap Eyes on the board please? Thank you. Can we all pay more attention in class? These diagrams were meant to show you that everything in our known universe is made up of protons, electrons, and neutrons. Yes we can get even smaller into the realm of quarks, Bosons or neutrinos, in fact, the sun is constantly emitting neutrinos with 100 trillion of them passing through your body every second. But let’s stay on topic, we’re talking today about death. We’ll save neutrinos for another day. These protons, neutrons and electrons are all governed by forces that help explain, well, everything. How you evolved how you move, and yes, most importantly, how your phone works (hello?) You can describe your whole life based on the positions , velocities, and orientations of all of these atoms in your body, and this is called kinetic theory. You can use the kinetic theory to explain how plants absorb energy from the sun through photosynthesis. We eats plants or animals that have eaten plants, in order to gain that energy. Our bodies use that energy to power the process of the special molecule a called ATP, which powers every part of your life. Muscle contraction, transporting molecules throughout the body, synthesizing DNA etc. And yes, ATP is synthesized in the mitochondria, making the mitochondria the powerhouse of the cell. Infact, to stay alive, you’ll typically create and use your whole bodyweight inATP molecules in one day. But, this also means that according to the kinetic, theory, regardless of your religion or spirituality, dying means that life as we know it ends. As your body loses the capability of creating ATP, and you start to physically fall apart. And one study found that when given the option to essentially produce ATP forever and live for eternity, overwhelming people said no, they want to eventually die. The fact that death is looming is what makes life so special. And in a wonderful way, death is really the only thing that we all have in common. In many ways, death is the meaning of life. Also passionately learning about science offers the unique opportunity to grasp what science can’t explain. And knowing what science doesn’t know can bring clarity. Takes these 3 examples of Shawn Caroll’s epic book, the big picture. 1 the universe is expanding, 2 humans and chimpanzees share a common anscestor, 3 we should live happier and longer lives. The first 2 statements are rooted in science. We use impericism, resoning and observation to explain them. The last statement is not rooted in science. Science doesn’t involve doing experiments to decide if people should lead happier, longer lives. Science just observes the world and it doesn’t say whether something is right or wrong. Another way of looking at this is through evolution. Evolution is an incredible process based on millions of years of change, adaptation, and impulses. It just follows the laws of nature, but can’t explain how to live your life. You have the power to change your life. You have the power to care about others, and you have the power life love laugh, babe, and that is incredible. After you do inevitably die, you live on in the memories of others for the time being. And then, you’ll be forgotten in the change and passing of life. There are this any atoms in your body which insanely amazing but, these little guys will eventually stop being you. And even though collectively they will no longer be you, it is comforting to know that they will remain on earth after you have left. Once gone, even if the whole human race vanishes, the universe will still be here doing its thing, moving along according to the laws of nature. But sticking to right now, according to science, we are all sharing this universe, sharing the same laws of nature and sharing the same task of creating meaning to what is happening around us. It is estimated that you have around 3 billion heat beats in a life time, so it is up to you to make them count. So, some scientific reasons to not fear death is 1, we humans are meaning making machines, we can choose to not make death a dreadful thing, and choose to live a meaningful life. 2, you might feel insignificant, but there lies within you more neural cells than stars in our universe. 3, eventually you will stop making ATP, but the fact that it ends, is what makes life so great. 4, science can’t explain everything, so it us to you to choose to live your life to your fullest. And 5, eventually your atoms will atoms will stop being you, but you were made of will likely carry on for eternity. Science is a brilliant way to view the complexity of your life and help inform how you live it, while here, and thankfully, if you are still watching this, congratulations, you are alive, but again if there’s one thing I can say about you right now, it is that you, yes you are going to die. I’m constantly on a quest to deal with my own fear of death and this book helped me with this video a lot, its called the picture by Shawn Carroll it is amazing, check it out. It talks about morality, consciousness, life, death, and all through the realm of science. We’ll leave the link to get the book below and make sure you subscribe for more science videos, peace.

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100 Responses

  1. RedDragon Smaug says:

    Funny video for a channel that hasn't uploaded in 2 months XD Are they trying to tell us something?

  2. Jaynell Mora says:

    Where have you guys been? I miss your videos!

  3. Rohit Kotal says:

    AsapScience I have a question. From where do people get all those philosophies. Like Bruce Lee's water philosophy and Charlie Chaplin's analogy between life and comedy. Like seriously where do these things come from.

  4. Peter says:

    Is this. Channel dead?

  5. Jessica01 says:

    You have more brain cells than stars in our galaxy and some people manage to get on every one of them

  6. James Luther says:

    All men fear death!

  7. anmol54 says:

    You were dead before you were alive THINK ABOUT IT!

  8. Wisoghe139 says:

    What is a photocatalyst? What materials/chemicals are considered photocatalytic?

  9. Wisoghe139 says:

    What is cellulose? What are its usages?

  10. Bedansh Thakur says:

    Dead?

  11. Creep SlayerZ says:

    We shoudnt fear death because after death there is an imortal life like good people go to pradise and bad people go to hell death is a meaing to a new life a better one for good people and worst one for the bad people

  12. Racist says:

    I remember thinking about death around 5 or 6

  13. Charles R Hayden says:

    I redirect viewers to a video by CGP Grey titled "Why Die?"

  14. Maria Gacha says:

    Hey im in mas big sis fone and im 5 years old grandma told me when we die we trun into a star and im happy beacose dad and mom will be loking at me in tge future

  15. R3yza PT says:

    Don’t worry about death. When we die, Bob Ross will be long dead. That means we meet him in Heaven. Or maybe a universe where Alssace-Lorraine is Elsasz-Lothringen

  16. Ducklan Pan says:

    Ohhhh so this explains why I’m always depressed thinking about the meaning of life

  17. spaghetti Doge says:

    I wish u were my teacher

  18. Sienna Garcia says:

    3:36 stupid Ned Flanders

  19. S.1 1 says:

    I don’t want to lose myself, but I know that’s what’s going to happen. Not knowing when I will die scares me every single day. When my heart stops beating I will not know how to react. I am not ready for my heart to stop beating. I feel like I was forced into this life. Having self awareness is bittersweet. It’s cool and all to be aware of who you are, but it’s not cool to know that nothing makes sense and that you HAVE to die. I love my family and friends, and I wish that my relationships with them will never end.

  20. Daniel Leslie says:

    It's not death you should fear. It's what comes after

  21. Daniel Leslie says:

    I want to know God before I die so I know where he will have me after I die

  22. jyrese lindsay says:

    When I die I want all my organs out so I don’t feel pain I’m not scared to die

  23. Jenny I says:

    You should make a video about the accuracy of the Chinese gender predictor chart!

  24. Abigail Rice says:

    I have small hands does that make my brain small!? 😂

  25. Omi says:

    Me after the video: THE MITOCHONDRIA IS THE POWERHOUSE OF THE CELL. MAY ATP RULE US

  26. Snipe Shoot says:

    Now Im prepared for science

    BTW i Only go in 3rd grade

  27. Ember says:

    tbh it's the after death that terrifies me cuz we basically have no proof of what will happen and that's haunting

  28. ahmed gdg says:

    it's not scary if you want make it funny

  29. Stephen Jameson says:

    I absolutely love your videos. I respect, & very much appreciate the knowledge and insight that you share to the public. Your narrating & illustration has been a staple; it works very well to make many advanced and/or interesting concepts easier to conceptualize in addition to being fun to watch. Your mind is beautiful with your method and theories to reflect such, not to mention your scientifically based “dry humor” literally has me dying laughing out loud while watching. Now, I have been a logical, scientific person for much of my life. In fact, the introduction to this video was very cute and also proved nostalgic to me. I first conceptualized death however at a much younger age, maybe eight or nine years old. My love for science came consuming my mind in constant process & methodological thought. Learning to distract my thoughts from the anxiety inducing thought of death came soon after. Seeing this video in my suggestions made me very excited to grasp a hint of your stunning thought process yet again & perhaps finally put my mind at ease. I actually thought it would put my mind at ease because you are so based in scientific method followed closely with care and emotion that I didn’t doubt your knowledge pair elegantly with your vast knowledge and comfortable voice would sooth me into a state of relaxation. I am very upset that it did not. In almost a way similar to how any politician would answer how they were going to solve poverty or unemployment, you beat around the bush so well. The answer to why not to fear death you did provide & I lie distressed that even your thoughts can sooth your mind yet have not taken as such to mine. I know and understand all you have said within this video, I’ve known it for some time. Yet humans thrive off of hurting one an other, more & more people fall into this and cause destruction to the earth, each other and themselves. Working to live longer & keeping everyone happy is almost impossible. Greed is a learned quality & as far from a virtue that you can possibly go, yet it is infecting the minds of most of the public due to our society & political systems. If I don’t see an end to the human race (excluding the very wealthy) in my life time, i believe it will soon follow after. My consciousness that is held within this vessel I use as a tool called my human body still fears where it can collect & remain in the motion of thought after its vessel begins to rot & fade through as all biological things do. The idea of not doing anything is unproductive & not being able to contemplate how to improve the lives of alll & myself kills me & still is restlessly uneasy about the thought of death. Ironically speaking of course. Distraction will remain the answer.

  30. x8in_finity says:

    2:15 the universe is inside us.

  31. Mr Chong says:

    Life is like a marathon, the goal is to complete it not to be first and along the way you will regret you're decisions but you'll get through it and die or in other words complete the race.

  32. John Soreb says:

    Nah my heart die once

  33. RWJTB Nation says:

    There’s no such thing as not fearing death cause everyone’s going to do die

  34. patel hardik says:

    Those dislikers are fan of "Thanos" because they all think, they are inevitable..🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  35. Emily Pearce says:

    Can you guys make a video on what would happen if the amazon rainforest was to disappear? How the world would be affected.

  36. Cameron Holt says:

    Waste of time

  37. Tech Clan says:

    Chill you should not date boys

  38. James Jose Fernandez says:

    If someone dies it will be hard for me to fight cuz I remember everything 😢

  39. William Heard Animations says:

    But what happens to you/your soul after you die? heaven, hell or just nothing. That is my question

  40. n . ø . p . e says:

    "congratulations, you are alive"
    gets shot in head

  41. Aniketh Arya says:

    How do uk that i will die? There are almost 8 billion people that aren't dead. U can never be sure that someone will definitely die

  42. Melanie A says:

    Question for a video: the science behind baby fever (especially for females)

  43. Zachary Jesso says:

    whoa, be careful what you say. To say that death is the meaning of life is a dangerous thought. You basically justified every terrorist and murderer in history!

  44. aissata diallo says:

    So yall really don’t know about islam?

  45. Karakeç KAYI says:

    You will meet allah after death , u have to be scared if u did sins or if u are not a believer

  46. 210 Family says:

    Imagine you live for ever . You would get so much done .

  47. Meason Weard says:

    "As a science teacher I know you should all remember drawing the electron diagrams of the first twenty elements of the periodic table"
    I was never taught to draw any electron diagrams and we were barely even shown the periodic table in school. I was interested in science and I hated how basic my science class was.

  48. Highlighted in yellow 7 مميز بالاصفر 7 says:

    I want your permission to dubbing your videos and re-publish them in Arabic

  49. AbagaiLail ReeveLy Reeb says:

    The only thing about death that scares me is the unsettling mystery.

    “That you can’t go to bed dead and wake up alive. “

    – Scary Movie Quote. Lol

  50. ShadowZZZ says:

    This video is a bit empty of content about deep philosophical insights on death. So I'll just recommend Sam Harris' lecture "Death and the Present Moment" with a quote from Epicurus on why the fear of death is irrational: “When we exist, death is not; and when death exists, we are not. All sensation and consciousness ends with death and therefore in death there is neither pleasure nor pain.”

  51. Pirate King says:

    I guess ‘scientists’ dont know about ALchemy and Chakras 😂😂😂 oh well while people worry about how and what is death, I’m traveling dimensions. Peace ✌🏾

  52. Definition says:

    I’m not scared about dying, just thinking how…

  53. Potato Gang says:

    This just wants me to commit suicide

  54. Pigo says:

    Damn when you guys posting again

  55. Honestly Idek says:

    Ok but are we gonna get a new video…..?

  56. Animation Idiot says:

    Yeah thanks for nothing

  57. Matija Lekix says:

    just made 50% of the ppl who watched this video began

  58. UnsaltedPickle says:

    I’m just scared of what the people I know will do once I die

  59. Kiswahili Kitukuzwe 254 says:

    You were actually never born and you are really never going to die for you are an immortal being! You are only going to return the stuff you have borrowed from Mother Earth back to her when the time comes. This life is just an experience.

  60. Z M says:

    Where are they?

  61. The Best says:

    This video doesn't help at all

  62. KylieDanielle says:

    Could a nuke stop a hurricane ? 😂😂😂

  63. Kirbyex7 says:

    Why most people like me don’t fear death.

    It’s because we’re depressed suicidal people

  64. sabreena says:

    i fear aging sis 🤡

  65. gacha cookie says:

    I don't wanna die 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 Lord help me

  66. XDarkskal 17 says:

    I dont fear death, i fear on whats after. PROBABLY nothing

  67. Darknight 123 says:

    Am just going to transfer to another world with op powers with a harem nothing to be afraid of

  68. I Like YouTube. says:

    This vid is 50%science nonsense
    Other 50%scares the shit out of us that we gonna die and be forgeten seems legit😂

  69. lol Time!!! says:

    'Death is the only thing we have in common'
    Me: are there some people not breathing then??

  70. Meghan Emery says:

    guys come backk

  71. BuT wE’rE 3-0 wOu says:

    Video: You are going to die
    Me, a Christian: Well yes, but actually no

  72. Melissa Waggoner says:

    Nope, give me the atp. Thanks.

  73. Supersky Games says:

    I don’t have a problem with death but I have a problem with hurting the ones that I love that’s how I stop myself from you know

  74. Lesi PlaysHacks says:

    You got that at grade 7, but I got that in grade 6

  75. Vanessa Munoz says:

    Why was this their last video …

  76. A Ghost Without a Past says:

    Alas, many do.
    And many exploit that fear to control those many.

  77. Sammy Pater says:

    “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it”

  78. Maya Occomy says:

    I’ve literally been going through so much videos about this for like an hour now.

  79. Balletboy305 says:

    brilliant

  80. McKinzie M8 says:

    This video made me afraid of death and I wasn’t minutes before

  81. Just a Nigerian Boy says:

    I’m not scared of death I’m scared of how unknown what happeneds after is basically I’m worried of the unknown of death

  82. Skeloniens says:

    I’m not really afraid of death or the pain , just how it goes on forever and ever it just like Fortnite, your addicted and like it for about 2 years and then it gets boring and you kinda get bored . Well you live on in heaven or hell for millions, billions , trillions of years. Even if it’s good or fun it’s just gonna go on forever which is just kinda depressing

  83. Sax and Relax says:

    lmao i’m not

  84. Arthur says:

    I’m going to be up all night thinking about mortality..

  85. P.J. Pless says:

    Death Still Freaks Me Out.

  86. Tameem Terminator says:

    My idea of death is that the things that are natural don’t cause any pain and we are created to be naturally accustomed to it . For e.g. growth is painless , your birth is painless , factors that come along with ageing maybe be considered painful but but ageing itself is painless. I suppose the pain we feel prior to death due to circumstances like accidents or illnesses may be painful but death has to be painless . If your existence ceases . Let it cease , we wouldn’t complain about it after we are dead

  87. nux says:

    I can’t get me mind to stop thinking about this , for several days on end I’ve been thinking about death , I’m only 15 and I have a long life ahead of me , but what happens when I become 80-90 and I know death is near , then what?

  88. Serbia Rock124 says:

    12 year old me : no i dont thing i will

  89. sam banks says:

    Its Not Death That You Should Fear Its What Comes Next Your Soul Will Be Judged Are You Lovers of Money Or Lovers Of God ? You Can Not Love Both Science is owned By Evil To Hide That Fact That This Is a Flat Earth Created By God Your Actions Will Be Judged By Him Alone

  90. hellfire films says:

    I don't fear death of my own
    Because I belong from a community of warriors

    but I still fear my close one's dying

  91. Luis Flores says:

    I'm out of here scars me cuz of my parents will be different after

  92. Vision MB says:

    50% chance you are going to hell
    are you scared now

  93. Klaus Ojjih says:

    Aboot

  94. Merrillofficial says:

    I don't wanna die, God please no!!

  95. Null Null says:

    Please explain string theory

  96. Wayne The Goat 0628 says:

    They upload a video about death then stop uploading “it’s a little IRONIC don’t ya think?”

  97. Johan Hurter says:

    You fail to show that – for humans to live a on — we need to get off earth – this is the MOST important fact about life we are living right now.

  98. mizdrmcdooglesRBLX says:

    the 1.9k dislikes are homophobic

  99. ELECTRICAL MINDS says:

    Where are you guys?

  100. Natalie Cisarova says:

    No one:

    Literally nobody:

    Actually no soul:

    O M G Y A A S H E G A Y

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