Can You Trust Kurzgesagt Videos?


Can you trust Kurzgesagt videos? To answer this question,
we’ll first explain how we research them and then talk a bit about past videos, and what we want to achieve with the channel. Making a Kurzgesagt video
always begins with a question or an issue. For example, after our meat video, many viewers asked about the health effects of meat on humans. We had no idea, and were pretty curious too, so we just decided to work on it. The first step is research. We start by looking for books
and scientific papers to get an overview, and just read a lot. The plan is to find a story worth telling. Is there something surprising to learn? Is there a larger context or a new perspective, or will it be an overview or introduction? Once we have the first readable version, we reach out to experts or scientists, and ask them to fact check and correct us. Often enough, they find a flaw or point us in the direction of contradictory research. At this point, many scripts die. If our idea does hold up, we continue working on it. This process can take weeks or months. Our Loneliness script, for example,
took over a year and a half to finish. The hardest part is being brief,
while not simplifying too much. It’s much easier to
write a long script than a short one. When we’re finally done, we do another round of research
and show the script to experts again, ideally different ones than the ones we talked to at the beginning of the process. When we express an opinion, we mark it as such. That’s not saying that we don’t
draw conclusions from the research. Homeopathy does not work,
and meat is really bad for the planet. Climate change is real, but organic food
is not a good way of solving it. If the facts clearly support a conclusion,
it’s OK to present it as such. Of course, we can’t always make everybody happy. People who know a lot about a topic sometimes get annoyed if we don’t mention an aspect they think is crucial, or when we omit technical terms. This is, more or less, unsolvable
because of the nature of our videos. Scripts have around 1,300 words, so there’s always some degree of simplification. You will always find a list of our research and sources and further reading material in the video description. Just citing sources doesn’t make your work
accurate or your research good though, so we encourage you to use our sources document as a starting point to look at the topic yourself and learn more. But, it would be dishonest to say
that we’ve always worked this way. Some older videos don’t live up
to the standards we set ourselves today. The two that annoy us the most
are the Refugee and Addiction videos. In both of them, we didn’t try to present a balanced perspective, but instead chose a take and ran with it. The Refugee video was made with a deep feeling
of angry frustration about the world at the high point of the 2015 refugee crisis. While we argued over quotas,
dead children washed ashore on our coastlines. The script was written on one Sunday afternoon, and illustrated and animated within a week. It was exhausting, stressful, and frustrating. We still believe it was the right thing
for European countries to help, but it was absolutely unnecessary
to be toxic about it. We insulted people, and brushed away their concerns
about real and profound challenges. The video was divisive and emotional, at a time when the debate needed a calm and clear overview. The addiction video was based on only one source that has amassed a lot of criticism over the years. And, unfortunately, we did not reach out to scientists, or do extra research, on the papers
that were the basis for the video’s thesis. That, addiction is purely psychological and based
on the life circumstances of the individual. This stance is still held by a number of addiction professionals, and we’re not saying it’s wrong, but a lot of others disagree, and it’s not correct to present it as -the- truth. Addiction is far from solved
and our videos should have reflected that, instead of taking one side. We simplified an idea so much, that it made a great story, but became distorting. Both videos were made over the span of two months, and they’re two of our most successful videos to date. We had found a formula that really worked. But we never made anything like them again, and have been discussing how to deal
with them for a long time. It doesn’t help that both videos are loved by many people. We want to be proud of our work, and these two videos don’t make us proud. So, today, we deleted them. It won’t purge them from the Internet, but that’s not the goal anyway. Feel free to upload them elsewhere. We’re working on a new addiction video that we’ll take a look
at the chemical and psychological causes. We’ll take our sweet time with it,
so please have patience. The refugee video is not up-to-date anymore,
so we will not renew it. We’re also going through our older videos to add sources, further reading, and comments in the next few months. Nowadays, rather than trusting in mainstream institutions, we often look at creators on the Internet
for reliable information. We rely on the fact that they’re careful and rigorous, and not led by monetary incentives. And we expect them to acknowledge mistakes
in public, and work to minimize them. So, this is what we’re going to do: Trust is not a thing you earn once and then keep forever. You have to constantly work for it. So can you trust Kurzgesagt? You can trust that every video we make
is thoroughly researched and approved by different experts. You can trust that we know that we have biases,
and we try to overcome them. We want to move Kurzgesagt further
towards the trustworthy end of the spectrum. The world is too complex for simple answers,
and we don’t want to be the ones giving them. Making these videos over the last six years
has been quite a ride, and we’re very grateful for it. We hope you’ll be with us for the next few years, too. And join us on our journey to figure out
what this universe and life stuff is all about. Thank you for watching.

100 thoughts on “Can You Trust Kurzgesagt Videos?”

  1. Do you want to talk with us about this video? We’ll do a sort of Q&A or AMA or whatever in our subreddit:

    https://old.reddit.com/r/kurzgesagt/comments/awu0gx/qaamadiscussion_can_you_trust_kurzgesagt/?

    The Addiction and the Refugee videos will be online for 12 more hours before we delete them. This should be enough time for enough people to download them. Feel free to upload them elsewhere, but NOT on Youtube and NOT on Facebook. We’ll take them down on those two platforms because we don’t want people to monetize them or use them as viral content. Everywhere else is ok though!

  2. Real answer: Yes, but no, but actually yes, but seriously no, but oh god yes. They (at least now) know what they are doing and are taking steps to provide knowledge as plainly as possible without any fluff (at least in my eyes.)

  3. Watch a video of YouTube Archive, it shows how this channel, which I like, stole it’s video idea and it didn’t actually reflect on it’s mistakes by itself

  4. "Refugee" is just a doublespeak word used to trick people into feeling bad for foreign criminals that are seeking new opportunities in countries where they don't have criminal records of them yet
    It's just word games used to pretend like you're doing something good or making a positive change in the world when really you're just importing criminals who will r_pe and slaughter women and children and leech off of the government stealing resources from the native citizens and people who truly need help

  5. I made a tiny jingle for your intro! It has 10 notes. Here's the note chart: B C D A B C D E E A(high note)
    The jingle for the intro sounds like this: "K U R Z G E S A G T" the letters are in the same notes from the note chart. Here's the final project.
    Letter: CAPITAL
    Note: lowercase
    Kb Uc Rd Za Gb Ec Sd Ae Ge Ta

  6. You guys at kurzgesagt should make a video on how YouTube is dealing with creators, and if they are mistreating them. And if they are only promoting big corporate companies such as the tonight show etc.

  7. Some translated subtitles are really useless. They obviously looke like being pasted from Google translate. How could you imagine a person translates 3 totally different languages?

  8. Man this guy deserves a more subs and veiws, he is honest, admits his mistakes, and has real facts, not to metion the way he explains hard topics for us to understand is better then most school teachers.

  9. your style of explaining things reminds me of "The Guide" from "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" and i love it.I hope in the future your will be the animated version of wiki 🙂

  10. I like drive to make things better with every video. Keep doing those nice things. 🙂

    Edit: I still trust this channel greatly.

  11. Wow, i'm cry when i see you dare to delete 2 of your most views video because they not live up to your highest standard. These moves show me how serious your team are when it comes to deliver quality information. Escpecially when nowaday fake news is everywhere and not many people can say no to money too. So, you just touch me in someplaces I don't even know a youtube channel could touch. Thanks you for that, and hopes the best for your teams 🙂 (P.s: Sorry for my broken English thought…)

  12. I love that the videos leave you with an open ended question and leave you to draw you to draw your own conclusions, keep up the amazing work!

  13. I love all Kurzgesagt video. They are so cute, entertained and easy to understand. Every time I watch a What If video I have to come here and watch some Kurzgesagt video in searching for satisfaction which What If never gives me. Thank you guys so much.

  14. I have never seen a channel criticize itself in a very modest way until this point. We are very lucky to have Kurzgesagt on our side.

  15. Thank you Kurzgesagt for all you have done. You have helped me become a better person and not only look at things with deep philosophy, but with deep scientific interest.
    People may say you are a liar, and that you have merely taken the opportunity to destroy a small channel, but in reality this video is the exact opposite of that. You have taken your mistakes, acknowledged them, dealt with them and announced them to be wrong.

    Live on, Kurzgesagt. May humanity thrive in your presence!

  16. Funny how a youtube channel has more balls to apologize than most news of similar or greater size when they make a mistake, props to you guys and keep up the good work and thanks to you I've gotten into graphic design and animation

  17. Making this video and going into such depth about your process, and especially admitting to and correcting past mistakes instills a great amount of confidence in your content. Good on you for setting such a high standard for us viewers.

  18. You guys are so good, that for the first time, I am contemplating setting up a Patreon payment linked to you. Keep up the good work.
    PS: You guys convinced me to get the Annual subscription of Skillshare(All thanks to your wicked animations)

  19. Last video I watched from this channel
    “It takes a little over 1200 hours to make this videos”

    29 seconds into this video there’s a bird with cake

    “I see the key points of animation”

  20. It's not the evidence and information that is dealing with our trust here, man. We just can't completely trust you because you want us to believe that a bunch of birds make these videos.

  21. best channel for me. so genuine, knew how to accept flaws and learn from it. and ofcourse one of the great credible source of information. coz of this, I swear not to have any hesitations and trust issues with u guyss anymore! love love!. plss continue making more vids! I'd love that!😊

  22. I love the dedication from the Kurzgesagt team to bring us not only beautifully made videos but highly informative and digestible content. I will continue to support and spread the name of Kurzgesagt going forward. Thank you @Kurzgesagt !

  23. I watched both of the original videos, the refugee video was basically a money grab and rushed video. Even though it was for the best, it won’t be enough to convince 90 percent of the population to do anything though.

    I have watched these videos ever since this channel was born, and I trusted it for information, but I’m afraid that I can no longer trust this. You take time and money to do this, yes. I understand, but you cannot take information and work from smaller creators and pass it off as your own once you tubers hit the 1 million mark, you feel like you can take information from smaller creators because of your bigger fan pool. You can’t.

  24. you guys are fucking brilliant, you're so mature about your channel and your mistakes I love it I cant believe I only discovered your channel yesterday, instantly my favourite channel. Personally I think the internet is pretty bad and isnt actually good for much, but your channel is exactly what is good about it. Thank you so much.

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