Illusions of Time

Birt 8 jan 2021
If you join the Curiosity Box today, your first box will be our "BEST OF BOX": a collection of our favorite, smartest things from the last 5 years:
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 ISchats!)
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


  • Didn't he talk more about Barbara Walters 4 scale, or was that a different video?

  • A simple question: Is time actually ever truly experienced ?

  • Who is watching this in 2028? (not me)

  • I am watching this again for a word for something I am writing about, terror management

  • Will you please do a video about the benefits of grounding your body to the earth?

  • And thus, my brain has melted. Time... why does it always has to be about TIME!

  • 29:47 Good inspirational quote

  • my brain have up halfway through the video

  • I’m taking a shot every time he pops up in frame, I’m planning to die of alcohol poisoning by the end of this video

  • Wait... You mean to tell me I’m NOT the main character of the universe?!?!🤔🤯 😂😂😂

  • Trust me, what screws one up most is realizing you are older than your parents were when they died. - talk about mind fuck!

  • This dudes a legend I wish I could kick it with em and maybe even do some dmt😂🤷🏻‍♂️💯

  • Anyone here in 2026?

  • Dude, incredible content. I started to feel nostalgia for something in your videos and I didn't know why, until I saw your photo with Beakman, what an Easter egg hahaha. Somehow reminds me a lot his show. Well Done!

  • @21:02 got em!

  • Interesting I'm glad I stopped by for this. I have had a theory for a long time about time passage/perception. It has to to with long and short term memory, when you are involved in repetitive actions while they will make it to short term, when these repetitive memories attempt to transition to the long term they are rejected if it is too similar to previously stored long term memories. While you are young and experiencing new stuff all the time, you will have many long term memories develop, and why you feel that you have a very long childhood. As you go through life more and more of these repetitive memories get rejected, creating large gaps in your long term memory, thus the illusion of time going by much quicker as you get older. You may get to this in the video I stopped it at 4:46 when this reminded me of the theory.

  • Firt time watching this: 10/may/2021 01:50am

  • 20:10 YOOOOOO holy shit. I think im bout to geek.

  • Michael's beard is the equivalent of Clark Kent's glasses. Seriously, who is this?

  • Michael without a beard looks like a guy who only eats canned food

  • Good advice.

  • without beard he looks like the male version of Bernadette from Big Bang theory

  • "The things we do to save time, left us with less of it and more alone in it..." This is very true

  • is the bg music around 18:00 super distracting for anyone else or is it just me?

  • long long is the pattern you get after this video

  • “...and that charlie chaplin lived long enough to watch star wars.” jeez, that one hit me *hard*

  • you can't except you can - vsauce

  • The music is too loud.

  • Oh okay so i have bad memory bcs my life is boring 😂 got it

  • Friend: oh,this movie was released 20 years ago. Me: so around the 90's? Friend: no, around early 2000's

  • This video is ten years long

  • this actually helped me a lot thank you

  • I’m high rn

  • Mans turned from Socrates to that burglar from home alone.

  • The video of NY in 1993 made me think: if human succeed in space travel with supraluminal speed (by the process of spacetime distortion supposedly), they could watch the past thanks to the light they will receive at their new location 🤔 I thought of that because it's in NY that an improvement of the necessary maths for that type of travel was published not so long ago.

  • awesome video

  • Goosebumps every time I watch one of Micheal's videos.

  • There is really only a continuous now, past and future are imaginations

  • "Each next bit is often unrelated to the last" Vsauce during the one video that kinda stays at one topic

  • 22:30 lol. I thought he mispronounced "Zecharia Sitchen" for a second

  • This channel is a breath of fresh air. Its nice to know that I'm not the only one who thinks about this stuff so passionately. I feel like ABED from COMMUNITY. And I feel like I've found comfort in the presence of other ABEDs

  • I love that this video has over 10M views!

  • Reply if you are looking at this video in 2026.

  • 10 million views for talking shite

  • One time me and my family went to Disney World, and we had fun, did a lot of stuff. When we got back, a LOT of stuff happened with schoolwork. We had to catch up on it. And all that homework catching-up happened right after the trip. But the trip seemed to happen so recently, even though it was one and a half years ago, as of this comment. And all that homework seemed to be so long ago.

  • happy mothers day

  • Vsauce beard returned but the hair on the top of his doesn't......or does he?

  • I like your shirt

  • Who is watching this in May

  • Bro i guessed iv watched 2;30 and it was 2;29 my mind to bkg

  • I didn’t know you live in Scottsdale Arizona

  • Why don't you make videos on elecro ???

  • We need vsauce

  • who else thinks of the world in a different way every video

  • Maybe the greatest video from Vsauve ever

  • In other words,as we get old,if we can keep ourselves attached to activities and work,time won't feel like it's passing fast. Lack of activities is the main reason we feel time is passing by so fast, especially after the 50s. PS- I am only 21 and already feel this lol

  • 8:49 & 14:35 tempOral ?

  • It feels like I watched this video like a year ägo, but it it is just 3 months ago

  • When I was a kid, I thought George Washington's death wasn't that long ago. My teacher thought I was weird for saying that all the time.

  • I missed vsauce videos TT

  • John Lennon died 40 years ago at the age of 40. Kurt Cobain died 27 years ago at the age of 27.

  • Time flies

  • Vsauce seems like a smart guy, but also looks like a lib

  • I thought it was almost end of the video then I paused and saw it was only 16 minutes in. Thank you universe almighty!... 👾

  • Anyone ever listen to Semi charmed life lyrics.... no? Then look them up and have the song changed FOREVER

  • I feel smarter and dumb at the same time

  • beardless Michael can't hurt you Beardless Michael:

  • Man vsauce why you had to disrupt my brain like this

  • I have in the past, had the thought of what did colors look like back then!

  • i guessed 2 minutes and 30 seconds, i moved my mouse and the timer went from 2:29 to 2:30

  • This hurts my tiny brain

  • Thnks miachel i always wanted to know the reason , why i feel like time is passing rapidly

  • Study an empty activity

  • okay, but what do you mean?

  • I have this Short Short feeling when I read to

  • hmm been awhile since i've seen a Vsauce video.. the pandemic has not been kind Edit: i say that as a few seconds later the beard is gone XD Edit edit: I give up

  • The 80s footage. Is it real? What's the women holding, and seemly talking into, as she's let in the store by the man with the popped collar dark polo shirt. Looks like a smart phone. What? I know I won't be answered or this looked at but ????

  • 0:53 dude i laughed so hard when this happened

  • Ecstasy was created the same year the titanic sunk?!

  • You look like Shel Silverstein

  • 18:13 hey i know them

  • 4:23 Brooo, you met beakman

  • Time is an illusion that helps things make sense

  • I love nothing more than to revel in a moment I know I will forget

  • I'm the 1 in 10 000 001 views, speaking of time I've been watching these videos for 7 years, keep up the good work!

  • That Fergie reference lmao

  • 15:46 the only thing that makes me wonder if we are all real or am the only real person and the rest are just additional characters...

  • Michael at any time of day: Its big brain time.

  • why does he keep popping up from the bottom of the screen after every cutaway? i cant unsee it and its really annoying

  • I was reading a online article about columbine shooting. Then i saw it was posted a week after the shooting. I was like: wtf? ....

  • nice beard

  • I get unnecessarily smarter with every vsauce video 😅

  • The king of science 🧪

  • turns me on ngl

  • Don’t watch vsauce when high Worst mistake of my life

  • Incredible video

  • “is anyone now” got me

  • “Has there not cone over man a period of time, when he was not a thing worth mentioning?” [al-Insaan 76:1] Quran

  • Why does micheal’s dad look like the villain of Captain America: Civil War