The 5 Most Puzzling Questions of Humanity

Are we human, or are we dancer? God I hate the Killers, but what about serial
killers; are they truly evil? Does the idea of evil even exist? Is it our fault when we humans do evil things,
or do we lack the ability to think for ourselves? Who knows, for these are just some of the
intriguing queries mankind has yet to solve, so let’s not find out the answers together
with our video on the five most puzzling questions of humanity. Number 5: What is our purpose? If humanity has a goal, if we have one sole
purpose as a race, then what is it? Are we supposed to spread our numbers throughout
the galaxy using our deliciously potent seed? Or are our ideas and thoughts more important. Should we focus on getting our hot take on
the universe to as many civilisations as possible in the hope of validating retweets? Or perhaps there’s a third option. Maybe we’re supposed to remain insular, and
simply progress on our own within the confines of Earth, eventually reaching a point where
we’re able to master our home planet completely? But there’s a problem there, because if humanity
can eventually control everything around us and bend the Earth to our whims, what do we
do after that? Just spend eternity getting our rocks off? As soon as you play a game on cheat mode it
gets boring really fast, so when humans can do whatever they want without challenge or
consequence, where’s the fun in that? Where’s the interesting conflict which drives
us along? So perhaps humanity doesn’t have one single
goal. Perhaps we should focus on our individual
purposes instead. But what are they? Should we live only to work? To learn? Or to live to love life and laugh, like that
schmaltzy quote your lonely aunt always shares on Facebook? As broad a question as this may seem the fact
is we may have to make this decision pretty soon. Automation is taking over more and more industries,
so working a 9 to 5 might become a smaller part of everyone’s lives in the not so distant
future. We’ll need new meanings for existence other
than a career. And sure, we’ve all got goals already; we
want to start a family, write that novel, and lose some weight off our fat asses, but
these aren’t life purposes, they’re short term tasks generated by basic needs. We start families because of our biological
drive to procreate. We want to write a novel because of the nice
feeling it gives us when our brain is stimulated with pleasing chemicals. And losing weight, that’s just survival instinct
so we can outrun cougars and raptors, and probably some inherent
human need to fit into a nice pair of jean shorts too I guess. So without these, what is the point? What is the meaning of your existence? And should we all start thinking about this
a little more than we do? Number 4: Can we think for ourselves? We’ve covered aspects of free will before
on this channel and speculated that it might not exist. This is because many factors seem to affect
what humans do, and when you take them all into account it leaves very little room for
independent thought to exist. Let’s say you disagree with the above statement
and you believe free will exists; how would you prove it? Would you suddenly eat a whole block of cheese
and colour your nipples purple? However random that may seem, you’re doing
it for easily traceable reasons. You own cheese because your instincts say
you need food to eat, you own a purple marker because one day you were manipulated psychologically
into thinking you needed one, and the whole thing has combined into giant weird tableaux
for the sole purpose of proving our statement wrong; you’ve been influenced on every step
of the way. Each day humans do things automatically because
of our genes, our instincts, and the subconscious decisions our brains have been proven to make
before we’re even aware of it. And on top of that there’s the influence of
society and other people. Do we do what we do because other people are
using psychological tricks on us to influence our minds, and if so, what has influenced
those people to do that? How many of these people are working together? Is the whole world under some kind of spell
sending us in one particular direction? Or is this all paranoia, and free will is
something you have to determine for yourself? As we said before, the more we discover about
the workings of the human brain, the less scope there is for personal choice and responsibility. And this brings us neatly on to our next question. Number 3: Do Good and Evil Exist Many would
say that good and evil acts exist without question, whether it’s stroking a lost puppy
and feeding it some chow, or taking that same puppy and forcing it through a mincing machine
– these are easily identifiable to a balanced mind as fundamentally good or evil. But good and evil are loaded terms, and even
the words right and wrong can be subjective. There is no universal set of principles which
applies to everyone, and nor can you live life by the mantra “do unto others
as you’d have others do to you”, because I like some seriously weird stuff done to me
and not everyone’s into that. We also have an imbalanced relationship with
the idea of good and evil acts and how they inform our perception of a person. A single evil act can make an otherwise good
person seem bad, whereas a single good act rarely has the same effect on someone seen
as evil. The idea of people or activities being purely
right or wrong seems almost religious, it’s too absolute. If we’re objective about it, nobody, not even
history’s best or worst people are truly 100% good or evil. Hitler liked animals. John Wayne Gacy helped out in the community. Mother Theresa thought the sick should suffer
like Jesus on the cross, and Gandhi let his wife suffer an agonising death after refusing
to allow the Colonial British to treat her, only to accept their help years later when
he was suffering. That…and he always nukes the crap out of
me on Civilization. There’s a little bit of good and bad in everyone,
even those we build into caricatures, and as we come to understand the chemical processes
and psychological influences behind human decision making, you have to wonder if we’re
really responsible for own actions at all. Might we one day reach a point where we accept
that humans are controlled by uncontrollable things? Is it only when we remove idea of responsibility
and look at our influences that we begin to figure out how to prevent evil acts….and
what compels us to be good? Number 2: Are we equal or superior Humans
are undoubtedly more intelligent than anything else on the planet, but does this make us
special? Are we superior because of our advanced abilities? Or is all life of equal importance? Well to find out let’s look at what makes
us think we’re so darned fancy in the first place. Human beings are able to use tools, set fires,
speak languages and engage in cultural activities, and that’s pretty neat. But many animals have been observed doing
some of these things too, so this doesn’t make us permanently and unquestionably superior. We’re all running the same race; it’s just
that humans are in the lead. But who knows what might happen in the future. If a drug-resistant superbug came and obliterated
all human life, suddenly we don’t look so superior after all. Okay then, what about consciousness? Surely the fact that we humans are aware of
our existence and are able to ask such questions makes us superior? I’ve never seen a dog have an existential
crisis or a gorilla wondering about its place in the universe. Well, this doesn’t really work either. Rene Descartes described animals and plants
as stimulus response machines, reacting only to the world around them
based on what they can sense. And he saw humans as separate thinking beings
with a sense of self; a conscious identity. But one leading theory claims that human consciousness
is merely an evolutionary development based on sense and perception. So once more, we’re running the same race,
we aren’t fundamentally different beings to animals and plants, we’re just more developed. So if every animal has a certain level of
consciousness, which we think they do, and a certain level of intellectual ability, which
we know they do, then where’s the cut-off point? Is it just between man and everything else? Is it between the animals we think are tasty
and the ones we think are cute? Are we that superior we deserve to do as we
please? Or should we accept our place as temporary
custodians of a dynamic world, and show equal respect to the bugs on our shoe as we do our
neighbours and friends? Man that sounds like some hippy dippy crap
right there. Number 1: What Comes Next? Where does humanity go after Homo Sapiens? Homo Apparatus? A hybrid of man and machine? Homo Vestibulum? Part man part gas? Or does evolution only count when its flesh
meat and bones? If that’s true I’m probably homo cheeseburger,
and that’s a term you should never ever google. Anyway, with regards to the future of man,
it is thought that by virtue of our technological advancement, we humans have changed the course
of our own natural evolution. It is possible we may never reach any higher
form of biological being because we simply don’t need to. We lost our body hair because it helped us
avoid overheating, but our intelligence negated this by creating clothes for the winter. We started to walk upright to help us see
threats from further away and use our arms for hunting, but now we’ve got binoculars
and RPG’s to do that instead. So what do we really need to exist in our
modern world? We all want wings, gills and a third boob,
but we don’t need those things. There are few challenges we cannot overcome
with technology, so it stands to reason that man will continue to use high-tech adornments
instead of relying on physical biological development.But could we instead develop mentally? Is an evolution of our consciousness the next
step? Perhaps we’ll become some kind of transcendent
species, with capabilities beyond what we can comprehend today. Who knows? But it seems that by using of technology man
has broken the rules of evolution, and we’ll continue to do so through genetic engineering,
so where we go from here…that’s up to us. And that’s our list. Wanna see more chin-scratchy videos that’ll
make you wonder what this all means? Then take a look at our recent piece on 4
possibilities for the meaning of life.


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