The Science of Thinking

  • Опубликовано: 2 мар 2017
  • How the brain works, how we learn, and why we sometimes make stupid mistakes.
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    This video was inspired by the book Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    Harpist: Lara Somogyi
    Animator: Jesse Agar
    Filmed by Raquel Nuno
    Music by Kevin MacLeod, "Sneaky Adventure" "Harlequin"

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  • Something To Say
    Something To Say 16 часов назад

    Gun vs Drew is like Reading vs. Studying. There are many differences between Reading vs Studying. My definition of reading: you read the text, you understand the each word and rely on reflex a lot. Studying will be understand the fundamental concept of the statement. You will be able to answer all the question related to the statement.
    Example 11:23 (watching video) is the example of some people will just read Derek's statement (Guy in the vid) rather than study his statement. How many people will question themselves in the head "what does he mean when he said sensation of understand?" "Why watching video give sensation of understand than learning? did i missed something?".
    Other example, a simple text like "Lazy is wrong" most people understand it and practise it. But will failed to answer why it is wrong. Typical answer will be "Because you need to work", "you need to get a job" "because is not good" "because you need to take care of yourselves". If one would STUDY that statement, he/she will start to question the statement. Example the process of STUDYING will be .....what happen if one become lazy....mmmm...lets scale the population to smaller...let's say we only have 3 people in earth....HUMAN1: have a chicken farm & selling chicken as source of food. HUMAN2: Create clean and drinkable water. HUMAN3: Not doing anything: lazy. So now i have 3 human that consume but only 2 that produces. Consume > produce...which mean in a long-run food will get lesser and lesser. This is why they said, you need to work.
    This is now just happening in educational video, it happened in school book too and everywhere, including a person's speech..."do not run with scissor" "do not curse" "respect your elders" "Go study, exam next week". How many of us STUDY these simple phrase WHY, WHAT IF, HOW, WHY NOT...
    Not trying to say that everyone should use Drew than Gun. They both have their reason of existence. After you have learnt how to twist a door knob, it have become your reflect so you don't need to learn every time when you open a door or pronounce a word, using a keyboard. In our world we need some balance, some job required more Drew>Gun (creating new product, designing new ads, research) some jobs need more Gun>Drew (routine job, job that require more physical movement like wrapping a gift, operating a machine).
    Gun vs Drew, is a story-telling way to let audience to have an imagination so that audience wont get bored. There are more to study how thinking work: how data turn into information, how reflex work. You know you're studying when you question it to its core.
    The video is not trying to offend audience to watch it. But sort of like creating a path or gauge you, opening a topic. In order for you to use drew, you need to use it yourselves rather than given an instruction to use Drew. The journey of using Drew is very important, whether or not Drew's conclusion is right or wrong. Example how the apple fell on Newton and spark his Drew to think. Newton will not use Drew if apple did not fall. Just like any this video spark you to use Drew.

  • Bkool Cosmo
    Bkool Cosmo День назад

    When the Kevin MacLeod music played I thought KSP was running in the background or something

  • TheDirthound
    TheDirthound День назад

    This still doesn't explain why I'm a dumbass .

  • Raul Diaz
    Raul Diaz 2 дня назад

    This video helped to be more optimistic about learning very hard things. I had felt stupid because it was so hard to understand. Now I know why and I'm less scared.

  • folumb
    folumb 2 дня назад

    I'm watching this to escape the discomfort of learning

  • vidform
    vidform 2 дня назад

    So I guess animals think with "Gunn" without a "Drew."

  • Kyle
    Kyle 2 дня назад

    The first question I said 365 days, but then second-guessed.

  • I Eat Garbage
    I Eat Garbage 2 дня назад

    “Wait a minute. The earth doesn’t take a day to go around the sun. It takes a year!”

  • Hamza Fadhel
    Hamza Fadhel 2 дня назад

    what a great video Thanks Veritasium

  • Nicholas Matuza
    Nicholas Matuza 3 дня назад

    This video has fundamentally revolutionized the way I will learn from here on. Thank you.

  • Stefan
    Stefan 3 дня назад

    I think my "Gun" is dead :P
    I should try to go with my gut more often, rather than rely on "Drew" almost every time

  • Dragon Curve Enthusiast
    Dragon Curve Enthusiast 3 дня назад

    I read the book this was taken from.
    If you are interested in someone explaining to you how you think, and to your own astonishment he is absolutely right, you should also read it. I found it amazing.

  • David Wilkie
    David Wilkie 3 дня назад

    Excellent observations.
    While in Australia, (which has a large proportion of Irish ancestry), there's the joke about Paddy hitting himself on the head, and when asked why?, he says, "Because it's so lovely when it stops!".
    Which is one of the clever ways of teaching thinking to anyone who is under pressure, to avoid self inflicted stress, that seems to be the wisdom behind the joke.
    "We choose to go to the Moon.., not because it is easy, but because it is hard", JFK of Irish decent.
    It underlines the importance of the philosophy of educational experience and the importance of the "how and why", innate wisdom and meaning of fundamental information.

  • Klaas Bil
    Klaas Bil 4 дня назад

    6:11, the add 3 test. I cheated by adding 3 to each digit while they were showing, then memorizing in short term memory the manupulated series. That was relatively easy. The way it's intended to work (keep original digits in memory, retrieve each one in succession, add one (or three) to it, and say the result on the beat) I could not pull off.

  • Will Therrien
    Will Therrien 6 дней назад

    What is 13x17?
    eeh I don't know 221?
    The answer is 221
    Danm im a genius

  • Pseudynom
    Pseudynom 6 дней назад


  • Ted Mosly
    Ted Mosly 6 дней назад


  • Florian Zötsch
    Florian Zötsch 7 дней назад

    Daniel Kahneman 😍

  • Luis Rodríguez
    Luis Rodríguez 8 дней назад

    3:30 this man have a narcissistic eye because it feels superior to the others...

    srry, offensive joke but i cant keep on with my life otherwise...

  • Wakil ahmad kakar
    Wakil ahmad kakar 8 дней назад

    Just awesome

  • Harmit Patel
    Harmit Patel 8 дней назад

    Great concept

  • Ollie Ferris
    Ollie Ferris 8 дней назад

    iv killed my brain with cannabis real talk fam

  • Garfiller
    Garfiller 8 дней назад +1

    So gun has like read only memory ROM
    and drew has like random access memory RAM.

  • MyBallSack Itches
    MyBallSack Itches 8 дней назад

    8:26 lmao

  • Mat y Mat
    Mat y Mat 9 дней назад

    Fabuloso ... Aplausos

  • Avisha G.
    Avisha G. 9 дней назад

    11:25 makes me feel so called out lmaoo

  • Isaac Park
    Isaac Park 9 дней назад

    I would confidently say many viewers of this channel feel very entertaining to engage with Drew rather than uncomfortable.

  • Tania C
    Tania C 9 дней назад

    Am I the only one that can never remember how a light switch is supposed to go or how a door locks? I always have to do it about three times to realize that I almost always do it wrong regardless of where I am.

  • Red River
    Red River 10 дней назад


  • DiegoCivera
    DiegoCivera 11 дней назад

    3:29 is this mothefucka the guy from Axis of Awesome?

  • Billy Herrington
    Billy Herrington 11 дней назад

    11:24 🤔🤔🤔

  • Raghavv Suresh
    Raghavv Suresh 11 дней назад

    Seriously!!! Excellent work bro!! Thanks a lot 🙂🙂

  • Tem326
    Tem326 11 дней назад

    thinking emoji... 🤔

  • Fatima Mansoor
    Fatima Mansoor 12 дней назад

    What are the biological equivalents of "Drew" and "Gun?" Thanks.

  • Olivia
    Olivia 13 дней назад

    You said a dollar more. They should have asked how much was the ball. But your question was misleading because you did not say $1.05 more, you said $1.00. So .10 cents would be a reasonable answer.

  • Marcelo Minal
    Marcelo Minal 13 дней назад

    This video is remarkable.
    It reminds me of Piaget

  • David Stinnett
    David Stinnett 14 дней назад

    You have been talking to Grey

  • MattiOG
    MattiOG 15 дней назад

    this is the reason i tell people that motivation cant come when you are hungry. they say, but i dont want to workout after school, i tell them: well do you think i want to? no of course i dont, the thing i have realised is that i need to fuel my brain to make decisions, if i go homw and eat a bowl of something satiating ill be much more inclined to actually go excersise my brain is more eager to make a decision. same with studying and all other things in life

    • MattiOG
      MattiOG 15 дней назад

      this channel has given me the persoective to prioritize concentration at for example school, and not just concentration but real concentration

  • Hossam Zayed
    Hossam Zayed 16 дней назад

    i can relate this with learning cong fu through 1 year

  • Heilige Roekoe
    Heilige Roekoe 17 дней назад

    wait. is 8:13 in amsterdam. i think i recognize that place.

  • Aditya Mishra
    Aditya Mishra 17 дней назад

    Song that the lady plays on harp at 5:05- The Nutcracker Suite.
    (Yes, the one in Tom and Jerry)

  • John Dahlberg
    John Dahlberg 17 дней назад

    Great video, thanks.

  • B34ST_77
    B34ST_77 18 дней назад

    that's just great, now i have to re-binge watch all of your videos since i always only half way listen.

  • Harry TM
    Harry TM 18 дней назад


  • J Gamer Xone
    J Gamer Xone 19 дней назад

    rewatching this video get's me thinking about how I can spend minutes to hours thinking about stuff like a comment or other things always correcting and rewording stuff

  • Yuval J
    Yuval J 20 дней назад

    Gun read it as "the cht" Only drew later corrected it . weired .

  • Irfan Khan
    Irfan Khan 20 дней назад

    wow!so much clarity in presentation!
    Hope I can train my drew harder :p

  • Merlin Erdogmus
    Merlin Erdogmus 20 дней назад

    I watched this video once before some months ago. Now I watched it again. The second time I definitly focused more on the content. I dunno if this was done on purpose, but hats off to you.

  • Maddie O'Keeffe
    Maddie O'Keeffe 21 день назад

    I always come back and rewatch this video when I'm struggling to find motivation to sit and focus. I end up forgetting the message after a while but every time I come back it is reinforced.

  • Shelton Ransinghe
    Shelton Ransinghe 21 день назад

    Thinking of thinking.видео.html

  • BluR H3LIX
    BluR H3LIX 24 дня назад

    im unhappy

  • Rui Yao Zhu
    Rui Yao Zhu 24 дня назад

    i love using drew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jayesh Saita
    Jayesh Saita 24 дня назад

    Unboring ...

  • Praneet Kumar Patra
    Praneet Kumar Patra 26 дней назад




  • Maximus Spide
    Maximus Spide 27 дней назад

    Just subscribed ! This video made me do that! You are awsome !

  • Bender Rodriguez
    Bender Rodriguez 29 дней назад

    Lol I tried so hard not to read that text.

  • T.C. Bramblett
    T.C. Bramblett Месяц назад

    I have no working memory lol I couldn't even do the adding numbers on the beat test. ADHD and a life of heavy drinking...

  • Rohit R
    Rohit R Месяц назад

    Super awesome.

  • Richard Harlos II
    Richard Harlos II Месяц назад

    Interesting video. In addition to the solid overall presentation, I noticed every 'un' that was spoken following the segment about the 'un' insurance ad. Not only words like 'undoubtedly', 'understanding', 'uncomfortable', and 'unpleasant', but also the 'un' sound, e.g., 'gun' and 'question' and 'instruction'. Anyone else experience that hyper-awareness of the 'un' sound?

  • TheUltimatePWNTATO
    TheUltimatePWNTATO Месяц назад

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy the ksp soundtrack

  • Geek Facts
    Geek Facts Месяц назад


  • Harsha Kumar
    Harsha Kumar Месяц назад

    Amazing. This made me think 😊

  • MrDavi2751
    MrDavi2751 Месяц назад

    Ouch. What slap in my face!

  • Kwame Enoch
    Kwame Enoch Месяц назад

    So basically cleaning my room

  • BeActive Behappy
    BeActive Behappy Месяц назад

    11:24 veritasium finally exposed its truth.. wait but that's the same case for most of the people around with channels like vsauce, quirkology, etc.

  • Bob Ali
    Bob Ali Месяц назад +1

    Thank a lot for making this video it help me to get my answer about my study and some daily problem in my life.
    Thank u very much.

  • incimo tegra
    incimo tegra Месяц назад

    11:23 You got me

  • anish adhikari
    anish adhikari Месяц назад

    at time 1:11 he was fcking high😂

  • Simon Ngai
    Simon Ngai Месяц назад

    My Drew did a lot of work in this video...

  • Cody Lay
    Cody Lay Месяц назад

    "Thinking Fast and slow"?

  • Victor Gohan
    Victor Gohan Месяц назад

    Seek Discomfort

  • shawn burnham
    shawn burnham Месяц назад


  • db decoder
    db decoder Месяц назад +1

    Some help me what to do when drew sleeps in maths exam and don't wake up😂😫

  • Timothy E.
    Timothy E. Месяц назад +1

    there are a couple sets of light switches in my house that control the same light, so my brain has gotten used to not paying attention to what position the switch is in beforehand.
    this kinda makes me wonder. If destin kept practicing on both a normal bike and a backwards bike, would his mind adapt almost immediately to whatever bike he got on?
    Just accepting that some bikes are backwards? i think i may try making a backwards bike myself and testing this...

  • Shrisharanyan Vasu
    Shrisharanyan Vasu Месяц назад

    I never noticed any of this. thanks for pointing that out!

  • Chris Larabee
    Chris Larabee Месяц назад +1

    When I was kid I asked my family what is that voice inside they said the devil so I killed my the voice RIP drew I miss you😢

    • db decoder
      db decoder Месяц назад +1

      Chris Larabee 😂

  • Maddox Spinelli
    Maddox Spinelli Месяц назад

    Wait, is this educational or do I just THINK I’m learning something? Now I’m worried...

  • Kimmel Sadat
    Kimmel Sadat Месяц назад

    Do any other ADD/ADHDers feel like they have 10 Guns and sometimes Drew becomes one?

  • Mr Taylab
    Mr Taylab Месяц назад

    Very good video
    Keep up the good work

  • Aron Gladden
    Aron Gladden Месяц назад

    Maximum efficiency is gained when Drew can master himself to have sufficient hovering oversight over Gun's analyzations, without interrupting Gun.
    This is chunking maximized, yet ever so slightly screened by Drew by being sure to pay attention to what Gun gives him.

  • Jidge Animations
    Jidge Animations Месяц назад

    Can Gun talk to Drew though?

  • Aiorossagita
    Aiorossagita Месяц назад +1

    Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman dives in this subject. Really amazing. Great episode, btw

  • ADistraction99
    ADistraction99 Месяц назад

    Was playing Kerbal space program and thought the music at 9:26 was in-game xD

  • Tyler Poehlmann
    Tyler Poehlmann Месяц назад

    very exciting information, great presentation. FInallly something useful from RUclip!

  • Wasula Wasula
    Wasula Wasula Месяц назад

    So true😋 thankz for the vedio

  • SrmthfgRockLee
    SrmthfgRockLee Месяц назад

    yeh, a very important video. knew most of these things but it's good to hear it from some1 who understands them with their terms and overall all details by experimentsThus/s0far

  • xXZombieKillerZXx
    xXZombieKillerZXx Месяц назад

    It Takes The Earth 365.25 Days

  • andrefaaa
    andrefaaa Месяц назад

    Great video!

  • matthew keissard
    matthew keissard Месяц назад

    11:24 getting reminded of how we actually are just procrastinating..
    Good work!

  • The Power
    The Power Месяц назад


  • Drew
    Drew Месяц назад

    I wondered when a video would use my name as a placeholder. Feels weird.

  • Dharmaraj Kadam
    Dharmaraj Kadam Месяц назад

    Nice one ... Very funny.. dose drove get better or weaker with age .... what is both of their relation with age.

  • Dharmaraj Kadam
    Dharmaraj Kadam Месяц назад

    Wow ..such difficult thing explained in such funny way ...keep it up

  • Moriom Akter
    Moriom Akter Месяц назад

    and i conclude that ...this is how Einstein always use to think..that he always asked questions to himself...

  • blablueh
    blablueh Месяц назад

    Kerbal Space Program background song at the beginning!!! haha

  • Sangeet Katwal
    Sangeet Katwal Месяц назад

    Wow, great stuff. Thanks!

  • Roger Syversen
    Roger Syversen Месяц назад

    "this is something I think the ad industry knows about". think about that statement for a second. we tend to forget how much power is at play in the manipulation of people. so much so that the ad industry has to keep it secret what they do. "well, I dont get manipulated", you say. thats your system 2 talking while not being aware that there is a system 1.

  • Roger Syversen
    Roger Syversen Месяц назад

    I wonder if aspergers is being diagnosed on people that have not been training their system 1 to respond to social cues automatically. some of them work a lot with system 2 in their daily lives and generaly tend to be smarter.

    BLUEGENE13 Месяц назад

    the scary part is that drew and gun are the same person......

    BLUEGENE13 Месяц назад

    the chunking idea is really interesting, there was this guy in russia (can't remember the name servetsky or something) that because of his synesthesia was able to remember practically everything because he could "chunk" his thoughts extremely easy using multiple sense mashed into one.