Illusions of Time


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1896 snowball fight: joaquimcampa/status/1311391615425093634?lang=en
Prospective and retrospective timing:
ISOLATION - Mind Field:
(every episode of Mind Field is free to watch on NOlocal!)
speed of time as we age:
FELT TIME by Marc Wittmann:
"Age effects in perception of time":
WaitButWhy article about The Lion King:
Barbara Walters for scale subreddit:
Barbara Walter world history image:
Examples of facts that challenge our chronological illusions:
My "Narrow Slice" video:
construal level theory:
Pipe Dream" -
Early smile image:
2:30am at a 7-11 near Disney World - 1987:
Great subreddit for candid video:
New York City in 1993 in HD - DTheater DVHS Demo Tape:
"Historical consciousness: the enigma of different paradigms":
Zachary Sayre Schiffman's THE BIRTH OF THE PAST:
History of twitter UI:
Effect of roads:
Talking With Attenborough Vsauce video:
archive footage from and shutterstock
MRI clips are of my brain as taken by the Stark lab featured in this Mind field episode:
--MUSIC (in order of first appearance)--
"glitch" audionetwork
"sweet revival" audionetwork
"passage of time" audionetwork
"desert witch" audionetwork
"facing south" audionetwork
"broadway dawn" audionetwork
"final breath" audionetwork
"tribeca" audionetwork
"carlin dream" Jake Chudnow
"martinique" audionetwork
"lazy daze" audionetwork
"imaginary sun w less voices" Jake Chudnow
"why so blue" audionetwork
"for leah" Jake Chudnow
"shona" Jake Chudnow
"moon men" Jake Chudnow
"crypt" audionetwork
"eclectica" audionetwork
"banjo ascension" audionetwork
"heat and dust" audionetwork
"twisted trip" audionetwork


  • RITZ
    RITZMinutt siden

    is a year 12 months or longer? :O

  • Chris Gibson
    Chris Gibson7 minutter siden

    From now on when you don’t say “see you next time” I’m gonna automatically assume you’ve quit NOlocal

  • ph8ton
    ph8ton11 minutter siden

    he finally did it. i have no idea what hes talking about

  • Jorge Grau de Corral
    Jorge Grau de Corral19 minutter siden

    So glad to see you back!

  • Travis Loukas
    Travis Loukas22 minutter siden

    Its about time you made this video. 👏👏👏

  • bluzigo
    bluzigo23 minutter siden

    I decided to visit Vsauce because it randomly crossed my mind. I didn’t know if uploads were still somewhat consistent so I decided to join, and I saw the upload was only a day ago. “Cool” I thought, but I was surprised to find all the comments were saying he was gone for a long time. I literally came at the perfect time

  • chauncey hulbert
    chauncey hulbert23 minutter siden

    This made me sad and depressed but I'm also glad I watched it.

  • TheCarPassionChannel
    TheCarPassionChannel34 minutter siden

    My mind is actually blown, I don't know how you keep making better videos year after year. And yeah the first time I saw videos of my parents, while being older than them, was weeeird

  • Decla


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    Hey ya

  • O1S YT

    O1S YT

    2 minutter siden

    Congratulations on 113k subscribers I have now 1.31k subscribers (:^( 😅

  • RobFlexz


    24 minutter siden

    first reply

  • ThatBulgarian
    ThatBulgarian42 minutter siden


  • SlyHikari03
    SlyHikari0344 minutter siden

    Pipe dream! I remember that, RIP Animusic.

  • munclemusic
    munclemusic48 minutter siden

    Brilliant, thank you.

  • Bob smith
    Bob smith55 minutter siden

    You're definitely a beard guy.

  • abdullah Tariq
    abdullah Tariq55 minutter siden

    Can you get "too happy" ??? Idk its just a thought i mean if you have a PERFECT life like more than normal perfect i dont know its just s thought

  • Dato
    Dato59 minutter siden

    This video just reminds me of the fact that they still used the guillotine for public execution when my dad was 11

  • Hector Santos
    Hector Santos59 minutter siden

    I cannot express how much i love your channel

  • Russ Glove
    Russ GloveTime siden

    Wow. Not that I have the time, but I feel like this is one to watch a second time.

  • C Bob
    C BobTime siden

    Why so many haters. Mouth breathers

  • Никита Кривой
    Никита КривойTime siden

    Я требую перевод, а то эльфийский язык еще не осилил

  • Gilbert Swann
    Gilbert SwannTime siden

    Thanks, Michael!

  • Brady Hill
    Brady HillTime siden

    I straight up thought it was just his head floating at the start

  • Jojo Fag
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    8:00 Senku, from Dr. stone: I don't know m8 it seems very easy to me.

  • Not Important
    Not Important2 timer siden

    Empty=brief Oleka Retrospectively or prospectively conseving relative time

  • Nataliaah
    Nataliaah2 timer siden

    The topic is very interesting, but the music is a little loud compared to the voice.

  • Ante Varenica
    Ante Varenica2 timer siden

    Hello Michael, VSauce here

  • M R
    M R2 timer siden

    29:57 You might not have the time of your life... but you will have more time of your life Thats deep and the perfect way to end the video. Great return to yt too.

  • PabloCIV
    PabloCIV2 timer siden

    The Short-Short TV example is not unlike reading a book in my opinion.

  • Julia Burakova
    Julia Burakova2 timer siden

    Is there a long/long situation 🤔

  • alittlespineyporcupiney
    alittlespineyporcupiney2 timer siden

    Fun fact: intel made a real-life version of that machine from the pipe dream animation

  • David D. Stanton
    David D. Stanton2 timer siden

    You call a lot of things but is that what you call them or what all of the scientific community calls them?

  • Rachel Polivka
    Rachel Polivka2 timer siden

    Love you Michael

  • mezimeen
    mezimeen2 timer siden

    I'm so happy vsauce is back. :)

  • David D. Stanton
    David D. Stanton2 timer siden

    Time feels faster at age because we have practiced it more. Like typing from new to Pro.

  • David D. Stanton
    David D. Stanton2 timer siden

    Isn't time just an agreed measure of change from a to b? As "real" as an inch?

  • Gunpal Jain
    Gunpal Jain2 timer siden

    Epic endless bullshit...

  • Adamu Nda
    Adamu Nda2 timer siden

    That didn’t feel like 30 minutes

  • Supernalfir
    Supernalfir2 timer siden

    hey vsauce micheal here. never gets old

  • grey shady
    grey shady2 timer siden

    this is art

  • Og Mudclone
    Og Mudclone2 timer siden

    this video endlessly blew my mind the entire time

  • Azen Frany
    Azen Frany2 timer siden

    Is it intentional that he made the video look like it was going to end every 5 minutes to make us look at the progression bar to give a sense of time illusion or is it just me?

  • Zack Thoreson
    Zack Thoreson3 timer siden

    Thanks, I will now be deleting youtube.

  • TheBomber
    TheBomber3 timer siden

    Sacrotes is gone now

  • TheBomber


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    Oh he's back

  • rectofireplayz
    rectofireplayz3 timer siden


  • MrNiki2015
    MrNiki20153 timer siden

    Outstanding thoughts

  • Nathaniel Columna
    Nathaniel Columna3 timer siden

    If "Vsauce Michael here" was in highschool in 2001 then he's not that much older than me. And that's impossible. I'm going to be young forever.

  • Hubert Więcławik
    Hubert Więcławik3 timer siden

    What a time to be alive, huh?

  • Aiex
    Aiex3 timer siden

    OMG!!!! Michael is so fuking good bro

  • Lawrence H
    Lawrence H3 timer siden

    For me it's always listening to people older than me, and ending up as old but having nothing to say

  • Tim G
    Tim G3 timer siden

    Excellent video! I’ve thought about the intermittent/retrospective time perception thing for a couple years, and you nailed it factually. I just pondered about it

  • wrath of the lamb
    wrath of the lamb3 timer siden

    *3:16** so, michael, do you mean to describe unsubstantial and substantial? one thing has little substance in the way of meaning (where we gather value) and the other has significant substance in the way of meaning (where we gather value). so basically, the human soul is a container and it contains substance. some substance can be vile and dark and weighty and other substance can be pure and ineffably valuable like as if jewels or precious metals.* *dark and light.* *it's all about the substance.*

  • Random Guy on the Internet
    Random Guy on the Internet3 timer siden

    Vsauce stopped uploading for awhile so he could grow his beard back.

  • Nsouwlou Kifach
    Nsouwlou Kifach3 timer siden

    22:30 where the heck did that book come from?

  • Phantom Troupe
    Phantom Troupe3 timer siden

    This video was truly phenomenal throughout...bravo.

  • rorocirca1989
    rorocirca19893 timer siden

    I hate all of this.

  • Adrian Bik
    Adrian Bik3 timer siden

    Came from curiosity, left with an existential crysis

  • just a random nerd
    just a random nerd3 timer siden

    the longerr vsause is alive the wirder he is..............

  • Aerial home
    Aerial home3 timer siden

    One day this man will be caught by Aliens so don't be suprised people...

  • Oliver J.
    Oliver J.3 timer siden

    Michael without a beard, is so fucking weird

  • Jimmy van Velzen
    Jimmy van Velzen3 timer siden

    Who's watching in 2020?

  • The Gamer
    The Gamer4 timer siden

    Ok Michael sir, so here's the real question: Are you Nathan from the movie Ex Machina? or the Pokemon King Solo-mon from that Turkish TV series.? Which one is it? haha XD

  • Hivlik
    Hivlik4 timer siden

    why does vsauce have to age. i dont deserve this.

  • bonitamaria
    bonitamaria4 timer siden

    thanks dude

  • batman
    batman4 timer siden

    Good to see a new post after almost an half a year :)

  • juan pablo
    juan pablo4 timer siden

    I think so far this has been the most deep and somewhat disturbing video of vsauce. Congrats.

  • Les H Mahagow
    Les H Mahagow4 timer siden

    I'll tell you now, youngster, in your sixties a month is only a week long. So enjoy your time 30 somethings.

  • Funny Pictures
    Funny Pictures4 timer siden

    Did someone watching now?

  • BeardedButtCrack
    BeardedButtCrack4 timer siden

    Woooohoho. Hold the phone, Michael is just 35 years old? Is he really born 1986? FOR REAL? I thought he was at least 40 something.

  • Froglit
    Froglit4 timer siden

    did... did you read my mind a week in advance? i haven't gone to this channel since the last upload and today i thought "why does my classes appear to go slowly?"

  • Alexander Irato
    Alexander Irato4 timer siden

    Without the beard you look like my doctor kind of

  • Humoncule Verotostre
    Humoncule Verotostre4 timer siden

    Damn, Micheal's parents were cute

  • babbalena
    babbalena4 timer siden

    Interesting. But, why did you keep popping up from under the video?? And with a different sweater?? Please, don't do it again 😘

  • Benkku29
    Benkku294 timer siden

    Michael, what does Vsauce mean?

  • David Newbaum
    David Newbaum4 timer siden

    This is just awesome content.

  • Sidak Mann
    Sidak Mann4 timer siden

    I was SUPER happy to know Vsauce was back.

  • Caleb Burns
    Caleb Burns4 timer siden

    I almost quit out of the video when he shaved his beard. That’s not the Michael in know.

  • Ahmed Youssef
    Ahmed Youssef4 timer siden

    If Interstellar was a youtube video

  • Aldion Sylkaj
    Aldion Sylkaj4 timer siden


  • Vanilla Slap
    Vanilla Slap4 timer siden

    Someone watching this in 2020?

  • Matt H
    Matt H4 timer siden

    Michael I really wish you would allow comments and discussion on your Mind Field series. It seems slightly cowardly, like a cop out to avoid controversy, to turn comments off. Have faith in your audience, there is much we can learn from each other through valid discussion in the comments. I particularly liked the Heroism one.

  • kmt 010
    kmt 0104 timer siden

    Who else is watching on January 20 2021?

  • The Vocal Guy
    The Vocal Guy5 timer siden

    Why was he gone for so long Reason everyone said: "he forgot his yt password" Actual Reason: "waiting for his beard to grow"

  • Nicanor Borta
    Nicanor Borta5 timer siden

    Let’s be honest we leant more from this guy than from school

  • lizzy Rank
    lizzy Rank5 timer siden

    This what I feel now with the riots and the new president coming into office. But I'm sure in a couple or ten years this will prolly be talked about like we do with historical events

  • JustJokingJoker
    JustJokingJoker5 timer siden

    Michael is someone you would want to just sit down and have a long philosophical conversation with where you just keep bouncing off each other with tooics

  • thefinerthingsag
    thefinerthingsag5 timer siden

    i kept waiting for an explanation of why he kept switching sweaters. i never figured it out. did anyone else?

  • Benno Platteau
    Benno Platteau5 timer siden

    This is basically all the shit you realise when you're high.

  • LingeshWaran G
    LingeshWaran G5 timer siden

    love from tamilnadu

  • Mr. Mioto
    Mr. Mioto5 timer siden

    Sometimes I really hate watching these because they make me have an existential crisis. But that's just life I guess.

  • C:Nolox
    C:Nolox5 timer siden

    When you say “we are the best autobiographers”. Reminds me of this though i had. What if the internet is mans best creation, so amazing not even aliens can create it. Lets just say aliens have the capability of creating machinery to travel from far away, thats only because they hve the tools and materials to do so. What if theyre not that smart? What if the internet is such a unique and majestic thing that not even aliens can figure it out. Which brings it to your point of us being really good at recording things on the internet. Its time traveling in a way. Then it means there is no past in the internet, only the present cause theres no such thing as “past” cause its always avaiable

  • John Hudert
    John Hudert5 timer siden

    Is there a copy of this without the annoying jazz music? As a sound designer, imagine watching this and wanting to hear what the guy is saying, not to notice the music. Plus, any music with occasional punctuation of horn just sounds like traffic outside. Maybe something with stringed instruments? and like a chef that adds too much salt as their own tastebuds wear out, maybe take the ‘background’ music another 25% into the background after you set the levels for those whose ears can still hear.

  • Ing. Hemoroid
    Ing. Hemoroid5 timer siden

    Anyone watching in 2009?

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    VSauce without beard = Antony Fantano

  • Leo Nguyen
    Leo Nguyen5 timer siden

    Why does it take so long for him to upload

  • 4z14nb01
    4z14nb015 timer siden

    is that beard real?

  • Tom Gilligan
    Tom Gilligan5 timer siden

    Who's watching this in 2042! ;)

  • Ronald Gunthrop
    Ronald Gunthrop5 timer siden

    its been a min since ive been on your channel brother, time to start using my brain again

  • RogThePirate
    RogThePirate5 timer siden

    Great. 20 seconds in and I'm already traumatized. Edit: Great. 30 minutes later I'm having a nice, comfy existential crisis. This is the good shit.

  • Charles Edward Andrew Lincoln IV
    Charles Edward Andrew Lincoln IV5 timer siden

    Is the dictionary of obscure sorrows still operating?

  • JustJokingJoker
    JustJokingJoker5 timer siden

    Dude his children are gonna be great people

  • Nancy Hey
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    Interesting thing about childhood: When most of us relive memories of our childhoods, we perceive that we were children for a long time, even though actually only a very small percentage of our total lifespan was actually spent in childhood. Yet when we have children of our own it seems like they grow up very quickly, even though they spend the same length of time in childhood that we did.

  • bassbuckmaster
    bassbuckmaster5 timer siden

    Wheres our pills they give out in a brave new world.