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.

100 thoughts on “Why Humanity Destroyed Itself”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 🤔

  4. "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!

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

  6. 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..

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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😂

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

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

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

  29. 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

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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).

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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

  38. "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.

  39. 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.

  40. "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

  41. 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

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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

  45. "…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.

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

  47. 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.

  48. So wrong. Humans are pack animals. They always protect their home. Normal. The rest is government, mad scientists, social engineering. This caused mental illnesses so bad it is destroying us.

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