Illusions of Time

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1896 snowball fight: joaquimcampa/stat...

Prospective and retrospective timing:

ISOLATION - Mind Field:
(every episode of Mind Field is free to watch on VIchats!)

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

'cats in pot' sweatshirt from
sweatshirt worn at the very end was designed by Martcellia Liunic

  • Michael Venters

    Michael Venters

    2 giờ trước

    Probably his best vid

  • Alanis Reid

    Alanis Reid

    5 giờ trước

    Sorry had to pause at how many holes does a straw have will brb

  • fart fish

    fart fish

    14 giờ trước

    Food for algorithm ;-)

  • FreshMakayla04


    17 giờ trước


  • Nefarious Pixel Blood

    Nefarious Pixel Blood

    17 giờ trước

    is a hotdog a sandwich: yes, the dictionary artical of sandwich is: two pieces of bread with something (such as meat, peanut butter, etc.) between them. or. two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between or. one slice of bread covered with food
    is a cereal a soup: yes, the dictionary artical of a soup is: a liquid food especially with a meat, fish, or vegetable stock as a base and often containing pieces of solid food.
    how many holes does a straw have: this one is a bit more difficult but here you go. Two openings, one cavity. If you think of it as a cylinder, it's two holes. If you think of it as thick block with a perimeter marginally larger than the hole it only has one hole. The mathematically correct answer is 1 hole. A straw is topologically the product of a circle, which has 1 hole, and an interval, which has 0 holes. So the straw has 1 hole.

  • Dujean Hines

    Dujean Hines

    Ngày trước

    Thank you 💯

  • Deez Nuts • 23 years ago

    Deez Nuts • 23 years ago

    Ngày trước

    Kratos Micheal is going and coming back non stop
    When will we know is he is current Micheal or old Micheal

  • Jelka


    Ngày trước

    aNyONe WaTHinG iN 2040? 😎

  • Darius


    Ngày trước

    How was this posted 9 months ago???? It feels like yesterday

  • Shade Baxter Live

    Shade Baxter Live

    2 ngày trước

    who is watching in 2031?

  • Richard


    2 ngày trước

    Time is just a construct brah.. (Sparks joint)

  • Daniel Adams

    Daniel Adams

    2 ngày trước

    He can grow a fine beard

  • instantchow


    2 ngày trước

    One of my all time favorite vsauce vids..

  • Xanthe Pomare

    Xanthe Pomare

    2 ngày trước

    I gained nothing from this. Complete waste of time

  • Nikolartwork


    2 ngày trước

    Hey Vsauce, just wanted to thank you for making this video. I was wondering why both my present and long term perception of time felt like it was going by so fast for the past five years or so, basically since I left school. I guess the answer is that I am mostly exposing myself to short/short activities.

  • Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown

    2 ngày trước


  • Froglet COD

    Froglet COD

    3 ngày trước

    Thinking about time: Slow
    Not serious about time: Fast

  • Croake


    3 ngày trước

    130 days just for a video? Salute to michael's patience and hardwork!

  • みんなのサーカス


    3 ngày trước

    Who's watching in 2021?

  • DragonReaper 1986

    DragonReaper 1986

    3 ngày trước

    This is the oldest looking 35 year old I've ever seen.

  • tomix1024


    3 ngày trước

    Huh, at 2:25 I guessed that I have watched for 3 minutes.
    I call that close enough.

  • mrg260


    3 ngày trước

    i am glad of being old enough so that i could really appreciate every moment of this lesson. thank u maestro.

  • Jose Luis Matabuena Sedano

    Jose Luis Matabuena Sedano

    3 ngày trước

    13.03 I just can think "mecawen la puta que bueno es" (shit he is so good)

  • misteramazing


    3 ngày trước

    Tiktok makes me feel like a boomer who hates technology and I'm just 21.... Anyone else?

  • Xtra_krispy 69

    Xtra_krispy 69

    3 ngày trước

    It is impossible to dislike this guy

  • Yaba Jaba

    Yaba Jaba

    3 ngày trước

    I'm glad I live in the same time as vsauce

  • Satyam Shah ❼

    Satyam Shah ❼

    4 ngày trước

    Where is this video👉

  • Alermood


    4 ngày trước

    I know many people are mentioning how time flies watching these videos. But the thoughts it provoked, the discussions I had and memories I gained that changed me as a person in just one of the 30min videos is the real miracle of time. Thank you Michael!

  • Nicht nur Öffis

    Nicht nur Öffis

    5 ngày trước

    It is the same with the place you grew up in. I come from a city of half a million and it's the right size that a city should have. Every city smaller than that? Pah, they shouldn't call themselves a city. Every city bigger than that? So huge and anonymous, I wouldn't wanna live there ugh. I guess if I came from a smaller or bigger city, I would think the same thing, just because you are most familiar with the things you grew up in and see them as "the norm".

  • Rachel Noble

    Rachel Noble

    5 ngày trước

    I’m stoned rn and this is too much

  • Self-Education Methodology

    Self-Education Methodology

    5 ngày trước


  • !?


    5 ngày trước

    21:02 John Travolta

  • Cesar R.

    Cesar R.

    5 ngày trước

    Smoke some weed and dont worry about time lmao. If you consciously tell yourself to be done at a certain hour. Your body will alert you automatically. So dont stress on time even when we happy :D

    • Neutral boi

      Neutral boi

      6 giờ trước

      Smoking weed has killed my grandpa. I don't want to repeat and smoke it

    • Cesar R.

      Cesar R.

      5 ngày trước

      aND QUIT counting constantly. Just go by your gut when it comes to time



    6 ngày trước

    Over 10% mudderfudger

  • Matthew Wojtechko

    Matthew Wojtechko

    6 ngày trước

    Who else is watching in the past??? 😎

  • Anthony Johnson

    Anthony Johnson

    6 ngày trước

    whos watching in 2027?

  • Fishstick45


    6 ngày trước

    This video is like someone saying “hey feel your shirt”

  • Vilho Nanyoka

    Vilho Nanyoka

    6 ngày trước

    So is what you said at the end a way to maximize our (perception of our) lifespan?

  • Laysa Redd

    Laysa Redd

    7 ngày trước

    Also this guy kept popping up out of nowhere. Scaring me and shit.

  • Laysa Redd

    Laysa Redd

    7 ngày trước

    How many fucking sweaters does this guy own?

  • Honkachonk Productions

    Honkachonk Productions

    7 ngày trước

    We’re just watching Michael have an exostential crisis

  • emir avdagic

    emir avdagic

    7 ngày trước

    0:03 Hey Vsauce Mustafa here!!



      7 ngày trước

      What do you mean by that

  • Marsutyyppi


    7 ngày trước

    "I fear no man, but that thing 0:11...
    ... It scares me"

  • helvettefaensatan


    7 ngày trước

    My 12 year old self just got his mind blown.

  • Daniel Coulson

    Daniel Coulson

    7 ngày trước

    Who else is watching this in 2021 ?

  • Banjo


    7 ngày trước

    Yeah. Yeah. We get it. You have alot of sweaters.

  • Liam Blood

    Liam Blood

    7 ngày trước

    Hold on, Michael isn't already like 50 years old?

  • Shayer S. Utsho

    Shayer S. Utsho

    8 ngày trước

    21:20 **Vsauce music intensifies**
    Me: "Took you long enough"

  • Alex


    8 ngày trước

    Wow. These kinds of videos are awe inspiring

  • Olek Yurkievych

    Olek Yurkievych

    8 ngày trước

    130 days to grow giant beard wtf

  • Jill Rector

    Jill Rector

    8 ngày trước

    Someone said that time is a matter of heat… no heat equals no change equals no time. If there’s an extremely cold lifeless rock in space without motion, it’s timeless, as it doesn’t change… until something else interacts with it? Hmmm.

  • G T

    G T

    8 ngày trước

    I've only started to think about others being full fledged in the last couple years. I'm... decades.. old.
    When I do dwell on it, it's overwhelming

  • Thomas Robert Kunze

    Thomas Robert Kunze

    8 ngày trước

    Better to be thought a fool then open your mouth and remove all doubts

  • Polar


    9 ngày trước

    VSauce is 21st century Socrates

  • Abdel Aziz

    Abdel Aziz

    9 ngày trước

    12:42 Me: impossible

  • Carrot Buddies Gaming

    Carrot Buddies Gaming

    9 ngày trước

    Vsauce getting possessed again 0:47

  • Link1565


    9 ngày trước

    I miss vsauce.

  • Ryder Johansen

    Ryder Johansen

    10 ngày trước

    ah yes yhe existential crisis-inator

  • Zacil Sansores

    Zacil Sansores

    10 ngày trước

    My YouTube account is older than the kids I teach. Holly cow.

  • Samer Alothman

    Samer Alothman

    10 ngày trước

    Vsauce look like Kratos

  • Erhan Mustafa

    Erhan Mustafa

    10 ngày trước

    Bro when you ask how long have been you watching i was hmmmm now its 02:30 on point

  • Paul Faulkner

    Paul Faulkner

    10 ngày trước

    I have to say Michael, you are a really intelligent, articular fellow and I really love watching your films. I really do

  • Wobbly - Podsky

    Wobbly - Podsky

    10 ngày trước

    There’s a picture of my aunt in the 50s wearing shorts and and t-shirt in her house. She looked so normal that it confused me, I thought all woman then wore dresses.

  • Mark E

    Mark E

    10 ngày trước


  • azimuth


    10 ngày trước

    As a child (around 9 or 10 maybe), I suddenly had this thought while playing with my friends outside. My best attempt to repeat it is this: "why am i me? why am i not someone else and how come i can't see through their eyes?" I didn't really understand it and I actually still don't but the concept of "Sonder" that you mentioned in this video reminded me of it.

  • Franz Liszt

    Franz Liszt

    10 ngày trước

    26:33 my mom scrolling through my history

  • Fat Jim

    Fat Jim

    10 ngày trước

    So I have incredibly lucid dreams, good and bad that seem to last for hours sometimes 8-18 hours and this video is incredibly helping for figuring this shit out lol

  • Harry O'Brien

    Harry O'Brien

    10 ngày trước

    Yet another existential crisis supplied by Michael.

  • TheKIba1997


    10 ngày trước

    time.... knowing vsauce since i was a kid, i am 24 now

  • Lil weenis

    Lil weenis

    11 ngày trước

    My brain hurts

  • Selwyn Belda

    Selwyn Belda

    11 ngày trước

    Fun fact: When you turn 18 you were only awake for 12 years since we sleep 1/3 of our life.

  • CliffySilver 66

    CliffySilver 66

    11 ngày trước

    I've now hit a moment of clarity and confusion at the same time

  • Will_Flanagan


    11 ngày trước

    People with dementia must be so confused right now

  • pokemon fanthings

    pokemon fanthings

    11 ngày trước

    Then there's ADHD...



    11 ngày trước

    your videos are long long. Love it

  • Mehundmeh


    11 ngày trước

    29:10 Wait What 😢

  • Chandra Pizziolo

    Chandra Pizziolo

    11 ngày trước

    Anyone else watched this in 2X?

  • PhonicNoteStudio


    11 ngày trước

    This was my morning coffee, and I feel more awake than any caffeine could ever make me.

  • Randall Boone

    Randall Boone

    12 ngày trước

    So I’m 40 now and I feel like time is flying by so fast. Also, I’ve really been meaning to start back working out. My theory is, since time is flying by so fast, I should see those good results that much quicker! Next thing I know, I’m back to my old buff self. Like a time machine. Seems sound, Id be there right now if I,d started when I thought of it. Now just to get started….

  • LanceTheKing


    12 ngày trước

    Me: I'm 15
    Everyone: you look 13 tho
    Me: I'm also born in 2006
    Everyone: dafuk?
    Me: and I'm in 10th grade

    • CliffySilver 66

      CliffySilver 66

      11 ngày trước

      What the hell

  • Brandon Baney

    Brandon Baney

    12 ngày trước

    All hail the king

  • Willam Morrison

    Willam Morrison

    12 ngày trước

    I was playing Skyrim whilst listening to this Les time passed than I thought

  • alex g

    alex g

    12 ngày trước

    maybe being bored isnt such a bad thing?

  • K-Anator™


    12 ngày trước

    When you said I could come up with an estimate of time I would probably be confident with, I said "Eh, maybe 2 and a half minutes...". I then looked up from what I was doing, moved my mouse, and the timestamp was 2:36.

  • Fall Off the Planet With Me

    Fall Off the Planet With Me

    12 ngày trước

    9 months, there's a baby now

  • Your future wife

    Your future wife

    12 ngày trước

    Ironic how it felt like this video lasted 5 min

  • Parker Donaldson

    Parker Donaldson

    12 ngày trước

    Who's here reading this in 2021?

  • mudilist


    12 ngày trước


  • Tentative Entertainment

    Tentative Entertainment

    12 ngày trước

    Please Michael tell vsauce about bliss, and is it really ignorance?

  • SvM EvilStoner

    SvM EvilStoner

    12 ngày trước

    i guessed 2:30 it was 2:25 damnnnn

  • Chance Encounter

    Chance Encounter

    13 ngày trước

    I guessed I was watching for exactly 2 and a half minutes. Pretty crazy I was pretty much exact on that.

  • Jon A

    Jon A

    13 ngày trước

    Those of us with anxiety/depression also have a very distorted sense of time. As suffering can affect our concept of that flow. I thought he would touch upon this but perhaps it’s best to relate with common experience.

  • Mr. A

    Mr. A

    13 ngày trước

    Any new experience can be put into a short-long category and it becomes short-short when we experience it over and over again. Sex for example.

  • L1ght7ear2020_YT


    13 ngày trước




    13 ngày trước

    Alternate title: “My Daily Unending Struggle”

  • Blursed Goomba

    Blursed Goomba

    13 ngày trước

    But I thought this was made years ago

    Dear god

    • CliffySilver 66

      CliffySilver 66

      11 ngày trước

      Like he said, it's all an illusion

  • British F type gr3

    British F type gr3

    13 ngày trước

    Oddly enough I thought this video was uploaded in's uploaded 9th of January 2021 I forgot what happened that day but I want to relive it man

  • Chop the log

    Chop the log

    13 ngày trước

    Ironically I feel like there's no way that this video came out earlier this year... I swear I remember watching it for the first time a few years back.

    • Josh White

      Josh White

      5 giờ trước


  • sfkeepay


    14 ngày trước


  • Sabiazoth Psyche

    Sabiazoth Psyche

    14 ngày trước

    You have awesome beard. Very nice. 😉