The Science of Thinking

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  • chance Shedd
    chance Shedd 1 day ago

    Did no one realize 17 times ten isnt 221?

  • Tomáš Pelc
    Tomáš Pelc 1 day ago

    So, Gun is the reason, why I always read a spoiler, even though there's a spoiler alert? Because Gun is automaticly reading and only after reading the spoiler, Drew wakes up and realizes what Gun has done?

  • Genus Entertainment

    So *metacognition*?

  • Uncephalized
    Uncephalized 3 days ago

    I do believe some of "muscle memory" IS actually in the reflex loops and nerve clusters that are in and around the muscles. There are tactile and proprioceptive feedbacks in many learned muscular skills that occur too fast for the sensorimotor signals to be traveling all the way to brain and back. And, for instance, complete spinal injury patients can produce walking motions from spinal nerves alone, below their injury (not well-enough coordinated to balance or bear their weight, though). So it's more complicated than 'it's all happening in the brain'. The processing seems to be distributed throughout the network, with the brain handling what the lower nerves can't. And of course this makes sense when considering the gradual evolution from decentralized neural nets to nerve clusters to encephalization to true brains. All those systems are still there in us, doing the same work they've been doing for hundreds of millions of years.

  • D. Anthony
    D. Anthony 3 days ago

    Thank you

  • Dario Cruz
    Dario Cruz 4 days ago

    as always, great video :)

  • kareim yehya
    kareim yehya 5 days ago

    This has been an ongoing discussion between my mind's drew and gun for the last 4 months, and how we perceive choices and decisions.

    Thanks for enlightening and letting drew work a bit.

  • Raul Suarez
    Raul Suarez 7 days ago


  • Ingenious Explorer
    Ingenious Explorer 7 days ago

    Very Educational Video! You are awesome.

  • Kumar Sanu
    Kumar Sanu 10 days ago

    one of the best episode of👌👌

  • Isaac Abotsi
    Isaac Abotsi 14 days ago

    Absolutely great video, thank you for giving me the taste of learning better

  • Jorge Monteiro
    Jorge Monteiro 16 days ago

    incredible!!!!!!!!!!!! perfect.

  • Douglas Modena
    Douglas Modena 19 days ago


  • Júlio Gabriel Chilela

    I am still here trying to understand why the ball cost $0.05?

  • Pedozzi
    Pedozzi 21 day ago

    No Derek, you are smarter

  • MrSidney9
    MrSidney9 21 day ago

    11:22 which is better to read about a subject than it is to do the passing work of watching videos on it. Watching videos,excepting for entertainment, should only be for supplementing. I'm currently using an app that cuts down my access to YouTube to 3hrs max.

  • Teddy Kingsbury
    Teddy Kingsbury 23 days ago

    Instead of reading "the cat" I read "the chat"

  • Captain Rob
    Captain Rob 23 days ago

    huh.inside out 2 is very interesting.

  • Leonardo Rocha
    Leonardo Rocha 23 days ago

    one of the best vídeos in This channel. thanks! :)

  • Mike Maliawco
    Mike Maliawco 23 days ago

    11:23 "To watch videos that give you the sensation of understanding, without actually learning anything..."
    Why throw digs at your own audience, lol.

  • Matthew Petranovich
    Matthew Petranovich 24 days ago

    this would explain overthinking as well. where Drew is constantly looking for the answers and working as fast as the other guy.

  • JektorII
    JektorII 24 days ago

    thats also why seeing something in a different language affects you differently.

    it would be interesting to see, where the emotion kicks in.

  • Dima Buchek
    Dima Buchek 24 days ago


  • Dima Buchek
    Dima Buchek 24 days ago


  • Dima Buchek
    Dima Buchek 24 days ago


    SHAFI ul BARI 24 days ago

    How can you be so smart!
    Best episode of veritasium ever...

  • Gruby The
    Gruby The 24 days ago

    Anybody else read The Chat?

  • James beckenham
    James beckenham 25 days ago

    sounds like ai only has gun and u need to manually input information to teach it

  • Shrink Tank
    Shrink Tank 27 days ago

    @Veritasium, thanks for making this video on The Science of Thinking. I love all your videos but the ones that dip into psychology are my favorites. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Benjamin Dare
    Benjamin Dare 28 days ago

    Is that axis of awesome?

  • rhythmandacoustics
    rhythmandacoustics 28 days ago

    Not just thinking about abstract concepts but anything that requires concentration or strong mental focus is also stressful or uncomfortable. That is why most people are lazy and unfit, requiring oneself to do something unfamiliar, hard physically and yet requires a lot of mental effort, goes against our "conserve energy and do less amount possible" psychological and physiological , programming.

  • kuy stalheim
    kuy stalheim 1 month ago

    If my height was at the 50th percentile of the population, would you then presume that my rate of bone growth is also at the 50th percentile?

  • Ayandolos
    Ayandolos 1 month ago

    Can someone link me to the studies that confirm what he is talking about?

  • MarcSylex
    MarcSylex 1 month ago

    I think there is a flaw in your assumption about why people don't think. Pertaining to your bat/baseball example I think there are two pairs of factors involved. One is simple expended effort for little to no reward. The other I think relates to the first in that we give ourselves a time limit to come up with answer that ultimately does nothing to benefit us at the particular moment when faced with that particular question. This is true for most people, except for those you revel in being right for the sake of it.

    I think if you had proposed a reward for answering the question correctly and established a time limit for doing so I wonder how people would respond? How much effort would they put into actually solving the question?

    Lastly I think the form of question plays role into how we approach the answer. The question is short and so our brains tend to look for the shortest route to an answer with which in this case seems to lead one to a binary choice rather than computational thought.

  • Really?
    Really? 1 month ago

    "to watch videos that give you the sensation of understanding without actually learning anything"

    Low blow man, low blow haha.

  • S.L.C.
    S.L.C. 1 month ago

    So in computer therms, Drew is the CPU registers and Gun is the cache? :P

  • stupid cat
    stupid cat 1 month ago

    So where does ADHD come into play?

  • Bellishen
    Bellishen 1 month ago

    I needed this right now. Thanks 😊

  • eqlipse333
    eqlipse333 1 month ago

    I... I actually read that as "TAE CAT." System one, what's wrong with you?! Gunn, answer me! Are you alright?! D:

  • Jonathan Harmeyer
    Jonathan Harmeyer 1 month ago

    I memorize Pi in chunks, 3.-1-4 that's all I remember.
    Seriously, I know Pi is about equal to 3.1415026535... I used to know 75 digits.

  • RoBabi95
    RoBabi95 1 month ago

    Good video!

  • RoBabi95
    RoBabi95 1 month ago

    I am still confused on the bat and ball one. Could somebody please explain it to me!

  • Jerry Oswald
    Jerry Oswald 1 month ago

    Want Drew to work harder? Hold Gun to his head.

  • Riesgo Garza
    Riesgo Garza 1 month ago

    Awesome presentation of the information!

  • EmdollaR
    EmdollaR 1 month ago

    "If you realy want to learn and want to get better at anything have any chance of becoming an expert. You have to be willing to be uncomfortable, because thinking takes effort. It involves fighting through confusion and for most of us that's somewhat unpleasant. "

    Very nicely said . Your content is inspiring.

  • Isaac Blankensmith
    Isaac Blankensmith 1 month ago

    Great video as always. Wish you'd given a shout-out to Kahneman in the video, both to give credit and so viewers might discover Thinking Fast and Slow.

  • Petar Breko
    Petar Breko 1 month ago

    Great video!

  • 4everMetallover
    4everMetallover 1 month ago

    2:42 I automatically read that as THE CHT. My brain must be wired wrong.

  • molly clock
    molly clock 1 month ago

    i will have to watch this presentation,

    at least three times,

    in order,

    to grasp it.


  • molly clock
    molly clock 1 month ago

    i have fallen in love,

    with your teaching style.


  • Raphael Leite
    Raphael Leite 1 month ago

    man, can you make a video about addh (ADHD, DDA, whatever letters to attention disorder)??

  • René
    René 1 month ago

    Interesting and also inspiring! Cool!

  • Deep T
    Deep T 1 month ago

    how about practicing both reverse and forward cycling regularly? would that still confuse you?

  • whez08
    whez08 1 month ago

    I bet the parents of the average youtuber learned through reading thick books, not watching shallow 5 minute long clips. Idiocracy is coming dudes.

  • Chawansit Chuena-rom

    i like to point out GUN is like Computer System,a table is a RAM and Bookcase is like Storage and Data is a Book, Gun is a processor control what to do ,i just noticed that the 2nd time i watch this omg

  • Nick Jimenez
    Nick Jimenez 1 month ago

    Gun is reading about himself...

  • chadat23
    chadat23 1 month ago

    There doesn't seem to be a positive correlation between a person's intelligence and their ability to accept things that challenge their preconceptions. Is there a correlation between a person's willingness to engage Drew rather than relying on Gun, and their willingness to consider challenging viewing?

  • Brett Phillips
    Brett Phillips 1 month ago

    11:30 - I saw the buses and environment outside the car, and I just knew I was back in Russia. Sorry... I got distracted (again)!

  • ED
    ED 1 month ago

    more videos about this subject please, great content

  • Pankaj Sharma
    Pankaj Sharma 1 month ago

    very nice video

  • Leo S
    Leo S 1 month ago

    What's all this "for MOST of us thinking is hard" about? Are there people for whom it's not hard to think with Drew?

  • Mr. Mojo
    Mr. Mojo 1 month ago

    I could not read "THE CAT" I was just trying to figure out what was wrong with the letters, English is not my native language. Hypothesis anyone?

    • Mr. Mojo
      Mr. Mojo 1 month ago

      When I say I couldn't read it, I mean I couldn't make sense out of it.

  • TPV Productions
    TPV Productions 1 month ago

    I'm smart..... You just can't prove it on paper.

  • Paul Mounsey
    Paul Mounsey 1 month ago

    This is good. My science classes are going to be watching this next week.

  • Odima16
    Odima16 1 month ago

    Someone should make an Inside spinoff starring Gun and Drew.

  • reiwell del
    reiwell del 1 month ago

    just an interesting trivia, people who are diagnosed as LLI basically has drew working most of the time.

  • Lola Volcan
    Lola Volcan 1 month ago

    First thing that popped to my mind after the harrypotter book, Veritasirum. The truth serum!

  • Anurag Dhungel
    Anurag Dhungel 1 month ago

    Science is amazing......................................

  • Brandon Huffer
    Brandon Huffer 1 month ago

    "gun is fast and reads things before you" but I have dyslexia, so my "gun" is slow and possible dead.

  • Nesquik
    Nesquik 1 month ago

    LOL I wonder what he is talking about when he says it apeals to us to watch videos that give us the sensation of understanding without actually learning anything... Hey that reminds me, what was it that we all learned in this video? Hhm... I cant seem to remember...

  • Game_Brawler
    Game_Brawler 1 month ago

    1:10 "Joe, putcha jacket on!"

  • Iker Galardi
    Iker Galardi 1 month ago

    that happened to me when i started english, drew had to do all the work but after 5 years gun is doing all the work

  • Tersch
    Tersch 1 month ago

    So THAT'S why I do everything the hard way... :P
    Also, as the old adage goes, you always remember the hard lessons in life.

  • Microgamer - Mapmaking

    Gun and Drew work good together in my brain.
    Everything I have read or heard is saved inside my brain and i can access it almost instantly and without thinking about it or the question, even if it's 10 years away

  • xzonia1
    xzonia1 1 month ago

    Loved this! <3

  • Namjoon's Ryan Pajamas

    lol I read it "TAE CAT." Kind of makes sense why I thought that though, because I know someone whose name is Tae 😉

  • Alfianda Karuza
    Alfianda Karuza 1 month ago

    Thankyou for summing the thick book of Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow!!

  • Sam Denty
    Sam Denty 1 month ago


  • Hack Delight
    Hack Delight 1 month ago

    My gun said The Chat, then my drew get to work and i interpreted it as The Cht, then my drew said that it can't be The Cht and interpreted as The Cat.

  • Terrance Finley
    Terrance Finley 1 month ago

    the eyes​ are the window to the soul lol

  • Chris Van Alstine
    Chris Van Alstine 1 month ago

    But that didn't explain how I'm able to hold onto a problem I run into that I can't solve and have it running in the back of my mind until I get the answer. As with automotive diagnostics if I run into something I can't immediately figure out I'm able to hold that problem and come up with an answer later without conscious thought or effort.

    • NadVic17
      NadVic17 2 days ago

      The point is that you don't solve the problem internally without thinking of possible solutions. You either halfway conscious think about it and try different perspective or just wait long enough until your perspective has changed or sth has happened in your environment that makes you get an idea of how to solve the problem. All in all: there is no unconscious problem solving of actually new problems to you.

  • Drew S.
    Drew S. 1 month ago

    To watch videos for the sensation of learning while actually learning nothing... You right, Derek. I learn nothing from these vids in the long term

  • strundle1
    strundle1 1 month ago

    I'm curious how these two systems interact with something like mindfulness meditation (particularly if there any lasting effects beyond the actual meditation session).

  • GeneralGeorge
    GeneralGeorge 1 month ago

    The pupil dilating to me is beautiful in a way.It's like the gears turning in her head, while a thousand billion cells process the problem.

  • Eudo
    Eudo 1 month ago

    What type of scientist aren't you?

  • AlexYarag
    AlexYarag 1 month ago

    so unfalse

  • WeAreGRID
    WeAreGRID 1 month ago

    wait what? people drive with the gps always on?

    ive always just memorized roadmaps spatially and looked at the map once to know where im going and if its somewhere near a road ive already been on, i can get there super easily.

  • Saw Morales
    Saw Morales 1 month ago

    for videos like this, there has to be a button where you can like more than once 👍

  • SN1PERyan
    SN1PERyan 1 month ago

    my brain is gun

    ......just gun

  • Rock Anderson
    Rock Anderson 1 month ago

    Why do the Australian's flip the light switch backwards to Canada? Because Aussies are upside down...hahaha.

  • swapnaja choudhari
    swapnaja choudhari 1 month ago

    really best episode

  • Francesco De Caro
    Francesco De Caro 2 months ago

    i posed the same bat/ball problem to my sister, who just woke up, didn't even graduate high school, and after getting the answer wrong and me explaining to her how to solve it she told me her way of solving it which would be: (1.10-1.00)/2, because of there being two objects, and of course the answer is the same but i thought it was a wrong calculation just because she already knew the answer. We tried a few similar problem and the calculation works everytime, same as the equation you would normally use x+(1.00+x)=1.10
    sooo can someone explain it to me?

    • Francesco De Caro
      Francesco De Caro 2 months ago

      wait it think i figured it out, she just jumped right to the conclusion of the actual equation which is the same calculation, just without the x, right?

  • Duhasianguy
    Duhasianguy 2 months ago

    Don't you mean UNsurance?

  • PMPfx
    PMPfx 2 months ago

    This is probably why as a child you learn so much so fast and the older you get the less you actually learn. Because as you get older you develop strategies for automating all the tasks in your life and so you don't have to think very hard to do them. New situations force you to confront new ideas new concepts thus forcing you to learn. That, coupled with the fact that a quick answer is always better than a slow answer leads us into the trap of making a quick decision, whether it's right or wrong. Really interesting video. Thanks!

  • Luc luckystrike
    Luc luckystrike 2 months ago

    Might it in some cases be that because if someone asks your a question you feel like you need to answer right away? You think the other person will think less of you because you have to put thought into something while a 'smart' person can tell you the answer right away without thinking. So essentially it is a psychological reason :D

  • Amogh Kulkarni
    Amogh Kulkarni 2 months ago

    Gist of the book "Thinking, fast and slow" :)

  • ShowALK32
    ShowALK32 2 months ago

    Gosh I love harps.

  • Other Me
    Other Me 2 months ago

    what is a deaf persons inner voice like?

  • Rottie Bull
    Rottie Bull 2 months ago

    You're making me think about not wanting to think and now I'm thinking about myself and personal habits. I'm very angry and don't like you. i will overcome these feelings in several decades and then I'll be able to think about how I'm going to think more. How dare you.

  • Anastasiia Ushakova
    Anastasiia Ushakova 2 months ago

    a great adaptation of Daniel Kahneman's "fast thinking, slow thinking". The book is definitely worth a read if you found this video interesting

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