The Past We Can Never Return To - The Anthropocene Reviewed

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In September of 1940, an 18-year-old mechanic named Marcel Ravidat was walking his dog, Robot, in the countryside of Southwestern France when the dog disappeared down a hole. Robot eventually returned but the next day, Ravidat went to the spot with three friends to explore the hole.
And after quite a bit of digging, they discovered a cave with walls covered with paintings, including over 900 paintings of animals, horses, stags, bison and also species that are now extinct, including a wooly rhinoceros. The paintings were astonishingly detailed and vivid with red, yellow and black paint made from pulverized mineral pigments that were usually blown through a narrow tube, possibly a hollowed bone, onto the walls of the cave. It would eventually be established that these artworks were at least 17,000 years old.

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  • Ohai everybody! Something different today, make sure to watch it to the end! John Green is reading one of his reviews of our modern world, from his Podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed, which you should check out! I haven't said this often enough publicly, but John and Hank Green, the Vlogbrothers and first generation science TH-visionrs are the reason Kurzgesagt exists today. In the very literal sense, that when I saw the first episode of Crash Course World History as a student in university I decided to try to do something similar. Doing Kurzgesagt was very hard for the first few years, for a variety of reasons. What made it easier was the kind advice and real world help we got from John and Hank to make this channel work and not burn out. Over the years we became friends - and to me the genuine nature of their work is still inspiring. My team and I try to do the same with Kurzgesagt. To be driven by the values we believe in and not by the outside world. So when John asked me if we maybe would illustrate and animate one of his essays, it was an easy yes. This is the result and we hope you like it. Thank you for watching and reading - Philipp

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    • Does the black bird that seems to appear in every video have a name?

      FortnutMemerFortnutMemer2 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I was here.

      Harvey DavenportHarvey Davenport2 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • My name is Lebogo. I live in de jungle. I make a five dollars a day. I give it to Lu-cy She give me some PU-c She take a my $5 away ---Why? If there aren't any dick pics, then they must be aliens because they sure aren't humans.

      jcllingsjcllings9 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Yes

      McFlurry_ Aka_sontristinYT_McFlurry_ Aka_sontristinYT_12 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • my nama jeff ahahahahahah

      mm_amaremm_amare14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • So... did they put cctv cameras in the original cave so people can still view it remotely??

    Amit MukerjiAmit Mukerji8 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I feel blessed to have see a real fallen Ancient Greek city and it’s ruins and the art works and pottery and much more and see the care taken for people not to damage it

    Red HydraRed Hydra23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • ✨💖✨🐚👙

  • I hope that one day artists will remember more ennobling ways to simulate a sense of profundity than the base act of imparting grief.


  • So Ravidat named his dog 'Robot' before WWII? I am truly impressed

    Abhinav JoshiAbhinav Joshiวันที่ผ่านมา
  • We’ve invented nothing

  • What if we wore space suits with breathing apparatus Then could we visit

  • Earth without art just 'eh'

    KaLsE DoNKaLsE DoNวันที่ผ่านมา
  • L

    Liam ScientistLiam Scientistวันที่ผ่านมา

    _tekunekku_tekunekku2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Interestingly, contemporary human breath affected the markings but not that of those people back then?

    deepstraszdeepstrasz2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is a hand print, not a hand. Wow

    Fernando SolitoFernando Solito2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank you Kurzgesagt! I'm from indonesian, you made this video reading story 'The Anthropocene Reviewed' from name video "he past we can never return to"! That's Forbidden Cave, That's hand painted, but it was in year 1940, and now in year 2020! Thank you Narrator John green!

    Darma HutagalungDarma Hutagalung2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I think the interesting universal obsession with the hands really is a lot to do with how much they mean to us intrinsically as humans, without us even thinking about it Every single one of those cave-painting human societies got to where they were because of their hands; they were their tools; their very implements that allowed them to craft, hunt, eat, paint and do most of what was necessary to fascilitate their way of life And unlike the face, your hands are always there in front of you where you can see them, and they're almost certainly the one part of your body that you see the most It's probably the most pure extension of the self, because it's those hands that made those paintings in the first place, and your unique handprint is something you can see unlike your own face without a mirror You can almost go as far as to call them portraits

    Alex BenavidezAlex Benavidez3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Great now I’m sad

    GaspucciGaspucci3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Art for Art's sake, reindeer for god's sake.

    Gregory KosinsGregory Kosins3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Is the music used in the last part available? It’s beautiful

    IUse2haveALifeIUse2haveALife3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Scp 3008

    bacon hairybacon hairy3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wow !

    The WorldThe World3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Do more of this kind of thing

    Nathan HarrisNathan Harris3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • why am i cryin

    ScarlettScarlett3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm not crying, you're crying. Shut up

    BACHOMPBACHOMP3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This video touches a spot in me I just don't know what.

    Anand RamanAnand Raman3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is one of the first peices of your work I have ever seen and buddy it's a real keeper. There is so much sincerity in it my heart felt an instant connection to your message. Its good to know that people with your sort of insight are out there today keeping what I believe to be a beautiful, told in a intelligent, easy to understand, kind and even nurturing energy and music to match..... its a masterpiece. Thank You, watching it was indeed a wonderful gift not only for me. Your Message is one of Hope, a Keeper for Sure.

    Mantispo LyttleMantispo Lyttle3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This was mesmerizing.

    Nirlep BangaNirlep Banga4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Am I the only person that thought John green sounded extremely pretentious?

    turboblueturboblue4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • loved the video. Keep it up

    Uzair AhmedUzair Ahmed4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This video was enjoyed tremendously.

    John GreyJohn Grey4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I was here

    humanhuman4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • John green. Noice

    Block HeadBlock Head5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 3:45 to 4:00 If that doesn't make you question just what the hell is a human being exactly anyway?? And wtf are we doing??? Then you people really are blind as fuck if you aren't questioning the existence.

    Rolando GarciaRolando Garcia5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Goddamn it! it's so hard to remain cynical after that.

    Me AlsoMeMe AlsoMe5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • oh i didn’t know crash course inspired kurzgesagt! both channels have made me into the curious person i am today :)

    JustineJustine5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thats so great and informative

    Science and Knowledge ArchiveScience and Knowledge Archive5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • If there's no one to witness, the art might as well not exist at all.

    MardyMardy5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • "This is a handprint but not a hand," was such an impactful line to me for some reason.

    M ZM Z5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • "i was here" is and have always been very human-ish. Remember the grafiti on hagia sophia, the piraeus lion, etc. Maybe it is in our nature that we wanted to be remembered by future human. Why ? IDK.

    Ilham WicaksonoIlham Wicaksono5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • They were “guarding” *cough* painting for a year

    Man SplainerMan Splainer5 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • i am here for this conspiracy theory

      Mr. PickleMr. Pickle5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank you guys for this video. It is really touch

    Daniel LemesDaniel Lemes6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Que dó das mulheres morrer ao dar a luz 😟

    Rafael CaproniRafael Caproni6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Vanessa Smith - The Ultimate FangirlVanessa Smith - The Ultimate Fangirl6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hey that sounds like the guy from the crash course history channel! Another great channel!

    Rickey SolesRickey Soles6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why were there no paintings of reindeer? Shows painting of reindeer. Me: Visible Confusion.

    Dogplanet StudiosDogplanet Studios6 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Deer, not reindeer...

      farfett_il-lejlfarfett_il-lejl3 วันที่ผ่านมา

    double-youdouble-you6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • They probably made those to try to help teach their children before taking them out into the wild for real, as a safety precaution..

    JeeseyJeesey6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • That was deep man

    JacobM95JacobM956 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I think the same evidence that shows us that a quarter of women died during childbirth back then also shows that people heavily favored grape flavored candy over strawberry candy. That is to say that I just made that up because it suits my narrative, just like the childbirth thing.

    Eli NopeEli Nope6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why do I feel like crying?? I mean...why is it??!!😭😌

    Vatsal ChoudharyVatsal Choudhary7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • To think I could if not am a descendant of one of those people who printed their hands on a cave

    Hagios Lukas M. SianiparHagios Lukas M. Sianipar7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 👍👍👍👍👍👍

    cyberflixcyberflix7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I always expect deep thought watching these videos but this one hit my feels

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  • Worst video on this channel, i never disliked a video on this channel but this one is aweful.

    Saif TawfikSaif Tawfik7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • IT some how made me cry and i'n a boy

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  • Every Kurzgesagt video: -Facts -Scares you -Then calms you down -Add birds

    Marine LifeMarine Life8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This channel is by far the best animation-history channel I have ever seen I’m entertained yet learning at the same time

    WillthedillWillthedill8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Man this music has made me want to go play Age of Empires

    Alexander TanasieAlexander Tanasie8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This made me teary eyed

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  • Trust me, the audio Books with animations of this YT channel could make them rich. It's just awesome

    Shubham TiwariShubham Tiwari8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why am I crying

    Dante S. MartinDante S. Martin8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Kilroy was here: the [ancient] prequel.

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  • I've been to Lascaux two years ago, there is something i have to add since Lascaux II is brought into the discussion. Lascaux II is the first, incomplete copy of the original cave, built on the same hill. The great numbers of visitors, and the vibration caused by their vehicles, turned out to be a problem for the cave. Since 2016 Lascaux IV has opened, a little bit further away, it's a nearly complete recreation of the cave, up to the fraction of a millimeter. In the museum several parts of the cave, like the ceilings and the wells, have been cloned at an accessible height so that visitors can see things that wouldn't normally be visible even in the real cave. There are even VR visors that allow you to visit the 3d model of the cave, with all the paintings and graffitis. It's not the original, but it's as close as it can get, and i believe we should be happy to see a copy if that means the original is being protected and preserved for the times to come. Should you feel the need to visit an original cave go to the grottes du Peche-Merle, it's one of the few original caves open to the public, access are limited to 700 ppl per day as to preserve the micro-climate inside, so reservation is almost mandatory. There's a 1:1 painting of prehistoric horses inside. tl;dr - i dont' share the sadness of not being able to access the original Lascaux cave for reasons; there are other original caves open to the public

    Andrea ZiglioAndrea Ziglio9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The Cave of Altamira was discovered in Spain in 1878. It's authenticity was disputed until they started finding similar cave paintings in other parts of Europe. French archaeologist Emile Cartailhac even apologized in 1902 for having refuted it's authenticity for so long.

    Joaquin AndreuJoaquin Andreu9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • i absolutely LOVE the Anthropocene Reviewed. i love his voice, the jingles, and of course, the stories. they are our stories. they can be funny and they can be tragic. i love how it makes me feel. whenever i think life is too platonic and robotic, i listen to it and i feel human. i love how no matter how many times i listen to the Hawaiian bird one, or Auld Lang Syne one, i cannot hold my tears. i love how he makes fun of himself, calling himself cynical and jaded while being the most respectable man i have ever listened to. i strongly recommend it.

    Hữu Hiệp ProductionHữu Hiệp Production9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thanks for subtitle Indonesia ❤️

    Terserah Yang bikinTerserah Yang bikin9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 우와아 영화보는거 같네요

    Kovin OWKovin OW9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Beautiful video, however John is confused about Lascaux. There isn’t a single hand painted in the Lascaux cave. Only animals, geometrical shapes and one drawing of a man. Everything in the video is accurate, except for this which is repeated over and over. There are several other caves in France and Europe with hand paintings though, just not in Lascaux.

    diegodiego10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Mesmerising

    Lee TownsendLee Townsend10 วันที่ผ่านมา
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