Illusions of Time

Jan 8, 2021
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1896 snowball fight:
Prospective and retrospective timing:
ISOLATION - Mind Field:
(every episode of Mind Field is free to watch on USworlds!)
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

  • yoooooo vsauce making videos again!!??? yes king shit!!!!

    average youtube watcheraverage youtube watcherMinute ago

    Salad dineSalad dine6 minutes ago
  • Who's watching in 2025?

    Faster DaysFaster Days6 minutes ago
  • Who else steers away from these videos until they are mentally prepared to watch them?

    Piyush ChoudharyPiyush Choudhary11 minutes ago
  • who else is here in 2028

    Jesus HernandezJesus Hernandez13 minutes ago
  • Always thought provoking. Good stuff.

    Danny TuffsDanny Tuffs14 minutes ago
  • So, you liked Hanson in the past?

    UHFStation1UHFStation119 minutes ago
  • Who's here now? I'm now. But just for now me. For now you, my now me is from the past. And for now me, your now you is from the future.

    Gabriel BarbosaGabriel Barbosa23 minutes ago
  • You won't ever miss, huh? Amazing video as always.

    Gabriel BarbosaGabriel Barbosa25 minutes ago
  • Michael could still be making videos fifty years from now and I'd still watch

    Steven DesprezSteven Desprez27 minutes ago
  • This will be an odd video to re-watch in 10 years

    BabystickmanBabystickman28 minutes ago
  • More than a smart man, a unique personality and teacher

    Pedro KrokerPedro Kroker32 minutes ago
  • listening to you on shrooms must be mind nuclear blowing.

    Eric !Eric !33 minutes ago
  • Always phenomenal, Michael!

    Jacob FieldJacob Field33 minutes ago
  • I have to turn my chronosonder levels to zero to get through a book on war; otherwise it hurts too much.

    Academic English for the WorldAcademic English for the World34 minutes ago
  • Watching you is memorable to me Michael ;)

    Char AznablestChar Aznablest40 minutes ago
  • Anyone here in 2025? I hope the pandemic's gone by now.

    AlgebraBruhAlgebraBruh43 minutes ago

    ShannonShannon48 minutes ago
  • Wow that's so weird.... my grandmother was born four years before the Titanic father was born before there was electricity in the house....

    GonzoForestManGonzoForestManHour ago
  • That outro music would be perfect for meditation. Food for thought.

    Christopher SmithChristopher SmithHour ago
  • Why does he keep changing his shirt?lol

    Ahna JenerouAhna JenerouHour ago
  • Who else thought this was a deep fake bout a week ago?

    James GullicksonJames GullicksonHour ago
  • The entirety of 2020

    Andrew SalinasAndrew SalinasHour ago
  • Hello people from 10 year how is it going is the AI ruling the world?

    Yeasmin SultanaYeasmin SultanaHour ago
  • Wasn’t expecting beardless Michael

    Shawn CarpenterShawn CarpenterHour ago
  • 2017 was 4 years ago 😳😳

    Flaming AstroFlaming AstroHour ago
  • I do not know what day it is everytime I wake up

    Lorenzo CaluoriLorenzo CaluoriHour ago
  • I was here Sunday, January 17, 2021

    Sirtlom_V2Sirtlom_V2Hour ago
  • When i see booba time go fast

    R KR KHour ago
  • Video idea: "What is the healthiest thing you can possibly eat?"

    Kaiser MaximalKaiser MaximalHour ago
  • January 17th 2021 10:04pm

    curtis chapmancurtis chapmanHour ago
  • I need that cat plant shirt

    Randall EaddieRandall EaddieHour ago
  • Thank you Vsauce Michael

    Eliott1L2TEliott1L2THour ago
  • This video felt like it was only 10 minutes not 30😳

    Thunder-KidThunder-KidHour ago
  • Just wanted to say thanks for the midlife crisis.

    TheUncutAngelTheUncutAngelHour ago
  • There is only now. And NOW i turn off this shit.

    Bee HappyBee HappyHour ago
  • chipotle peppers in ab ovo

    Bailey NashBailey NashHour ago
  • Cool sweaters Michael!

    Khalid AlshahariKhalid AlshahariHour ago
  • Who's watching in 1852? 👇😎

    FionnFionnHour ago
  • I was today years old when i found out Michael found a way to be a philosopher in the modern era, color me impressed.

    raine newellraine newellHour ago
  • wow did i really just watch 31 minutes of Vsauce? doesnt feel like it

    5_ 235_ 23Hour ago
  • HE’S BACK!!

    KikiKiwi32KikiKiwi32Hour ago
  • shut up

    PrexxussPrexxussHour ago
  • Thoughty2, I love you man and have been watching your videos for years. Please keep these right wing conspiracy trolls from running ads on your channel. I’m not sure if you’re aware or not but they are definitely doing that. Please please please keep your channel free of politics and I’ll continue watching and tell my friends about you. Peace brother.

    Brian JonesBrian JonesHour ago
  • This in my recommended after listening to ‘Everywhere at the End of Time’ Fuck

    Bran MBran MHour ago
  • Who's watching this in 1008?

    ExodusSExodusS2 hours ago
  • I understood it, but my brain hurts

    Halo Master 222Halo Master 2222 hours ago
  • If this doesn’t plant a seed of awakening into people then I wonder what will.

    Adam VokalAdam Vokal2 hours ago
    • @Mr. Typer hey yo what’s up

      Adam VokalAdam VokalHour ago
    • @Adam Vokal hey you what's up

      Mr. TyperMr. TyperHour ago
    • @Adam Vokalhye

      Mr. TyperMr. TyperHour ago
    • @Mr. Typer yo

      Adam VokalAdam Vokal2 hours ago
    • hey

      Mr. TyperMr. Typer2 hours ago
  • Anyone else high af

    Juan cortesJuan cortes2 hours ago
  • Imagine hanging out in a bar with Michael, must be a trip.

    Igor MichettiIgor Michetti2 hours ago
  • You are very special to me, Michael. If I was a USworlds channel, I would be vsauce and this video in particular strikes me personally. Whenever I watch your videos I feel like someone truly understands my urge for knowledge. With your semi-random and comedic aproach, the intentional cheap puns and even the music, it is like somebody had decode my brain and persona in order to crate the perfect content. keep up the good work cause I've watched'em all. you're the best.

    Hector SantosHector Santos2 hours ago
  • The discreet planet philly listen because clerk unexplainably disappear down a nifty arm. faithful, lame north korea

    Phil BussPhil Buss2 hours ago
  • "you might not have the time of your life, but you will have more time of your life" this video was definitely a short/long experience

    ALmothaffarALmothaffar2 hours ago
  • Am suddenly depressed after this

    Alejandro ArvizuAlejandro Arvizu2 hours ago
  • Can you not take 6 months for a video because you need to shave and regrow your beard? I would like to have more content from the one and only michael. God bless you!

    S4SAS4SA2 hours ago
  • that ending :O

    johannajohanna2 hours ago
  • That video took forever

    Burtieee eBurtieee e2 hours ago
  • yeah the classic king, love these videos....He is from the past, but teaching for the future!

    Sammy SperosSammy Speros2 hours ago
  • Well I had a good time. Really, though this is amazing. @Vsauce take a concept and explore all aspects. thank you !

    Gibran RamosGibran Ramos2 hours ago
  • I literally screamed ‘NO!’ When his beard disappeared from his face and my mum was like ‘wtf wrong w you?’ And I didn’t want to say anything but she forced me to and then fekin laughed at me wtf

    Samara IrvineSamara Irvine2 hours ago
  • People on the internet all of their 20s are not going to like this.

    Nightfire734Nightfire7342 hours ago
  • I was in foster home for 3 hour years as a kid and i don't have much memories from that time period.

    Tony RiosTony Rios2 hours ago
  • Where is How to Basic?

    Brezzy MinkyBrezzy Minky2 hours ago
  • I hope everyone knows that V in Vsauce stands for Veritasium Sauce

    ExhaltedExhalted3 hours ago
  • Good to have you back!!!!

    Simon MarshallSimon Marshall3 hours ago
  • Well, the past exists in forms of light, light is energy, light carries the past, that’s why if you look at starts you’re seeing the past form of them, my definition of the past is “moments in the form of waves able to travel outwards away from itself through the singular present time by light”

    Shane CombsShane Combs3 hours ago
  • Why do I feel like we are living in the year 3000 after this?

    Frank MalenfantFrank Malenfant3 hours ago
  • Thanks for making me depressed Again

    102410243 hours ago
  • if youre over 25 years old, youve lived through more than 10% of USs history... man, that fucking blew my mind

    pmkaboopmkaboo3 hours ago
  • That was genuinely incredible

    Sceeze 1Sceeze 13 hours ago
  • This guy makes weird stuff!

    Phoenix 5245Phoenix 52453 hours ago
  • Warning! Mid Life Crisis TRIGGER lol

    IAroyalIAroyal3 hours ago
  • Why was I shocked to see this

    Shanna IShanna I3 hours ago
  • Are we going to talk about that sweater?

    Jonathan PitcherJonathan Pitcher3 hours ago
  • When you first referenced The obscure sorrows I was hoping you would mention Sonder, but you didnt. However, I spotted it way in advance as you were getting closer :)

    Johan LarssonJohan Larsson3 hours ago
  • I had to take my time to understand this video. In fact, is the first video in years I have rewatched.

    just a regular guyjust a regular guy3 hours ago

    That BirbThat Birb3 hours ago
  • Who's watching this in 2021?!?

    izzyneloizzynelo3 hours ago
  • Has michael ever written a book about the weird things he talks about? Because I will buy the first copy!

    Mr. ManMr. Man3 hours ago
  • Wow! That text is wonderfully mindf__ing.

    Frank MalenfantFrank Malenfant3 hours ago
  • The amount of people in comments that haven't touched Einstein's work is scary.

    Edvin SaletovicEdvin Saletovic3 hours ago
  • When the world needed him the most... *he came back*

    NuffleazaNuffleaza3 hours ago
  • I read recently that young people have done so little handwriting (instead they use ipads, keyboards on computers), they have trouble writing words, unlike us older people who, when young, were drilled into hand writing, writing letters, words over and over. I thought, if they have trouble *writing* with a pen or pencil, they probably have trouble *reading* the handwriting from others. We have been "trained" to ascertain various types of handwriting - printing, running writing etc - but they haven't. Does it matter? Maybe not.

    dabble778dabble7783 hours ago
  • Me after 30 minutes of philosophical reflections on the illusion of time : *How many holes does a straw has ?*

    DystorTDystorT3 hours ago
  • 1:37 No.... absolutly no, there is no way that you are younger than me.... I've spent my adult life watching your videos and we have never ever felt of the same age. I thought you were born 1975 or something (based on maturity and wisdom, not looks).

    Johan LarssonJohan Larsson3 hours ago
  • Anyone watching this in 2047?

    lfchjortlfchjort3 hours ago
  • Seems like it's been forever hasn't it HASN'T IT MICHAEL

    Sy CastellsSy Castells3 hours ago
  • Great terms he invented

    Lo LoLo Lo3 hours ago
  • You alone is more creative than bunch of cat videos or youtube/tv/media garbage for sure, try your own mind sometimes

    Lo LoLo Lo3 hours ago
  • i swear ive seen this episode before

    MKUltraGaming69MKUltraGaming693 hours ago
  • I said 2 minutes and it was 2 and a half minutes since i started watching it

    The KingsmanThe Kingsman3 hours ago
  • I fucking love you man

    PandaTamer97PandaTamer973 hours ago
  • When you re-play a ps1 game and it isnt the same :(

    Clo DevitoClo Devito3 hours ago
  • Man, I love Vsauce's videos. They even give me my first hopefully quarter life crisis.

    Eewok The MightyEewok The Mighty3 hours ago
  • This explains quarantine mood so well

    CakeyeaterCakeyeater4 hours ago
  • How old are you lol I don’t see you as being much older than me but your memory of 90s is better than mine. I remember going to Jurassic park as a kid and being scared out of my mind but idk how old I was til I guess I do the math of when it was in theaters and had to have been 6 or so but it feels like it is one of my earliest memories which I know is not true because of my grandmother dying when I was 3 or so and I remember a few specific things from living with my dad at her house after leaving my mom

    Nugboy 420Nugboy 4204 hours ago
  • He is finally back!

    Love Is MagicLove Is Magic4 hours ago

    Sydney OdenSydney Oden4 hours ago
  • If the short-short/tv paradox works that way, time feels the same while reading a book for some people, and being distracted is also the same. Right?

    Xtreme SarcasmXtreme Sarcasm4 hours ago
  • Be present

    NateNate4 hours ago