… or you can gather up a bunch of junk from your bedroom and use it to unpack the majesty of the human experience.
The observable universe is unfathomably large, but we can use a piece of paper to understand how it got that way. Humans come in all types and vary tremendously, but really, we’d all fit inside a sugar cube.
And despite nearly 8 billion of us running around the planet, it’s pretty easy for us to stand out and do something unique.
We’re capable of great things because we’re equipped with a supercomputer that can process even the most complex problems in math, science, and ourselves. It’s not that hard to start working together, especially if we’ve got a few ways to exchange what we know, what we have, and how we feel.
Put it all together and we see what we’re working against: the absence of all that value. And because we’re such a critical part of a system too complex to understand, despite paradoxically seeming insignificant, we can find meaning inside an old briefcase.
0:00:00 – The Reveal
0:00:17 – The Universe
0:01:05 – Humanity
0:01:58 – Being You
0:03:16 – Thinking
0:04:19 – Cooperating
0:05:26 – Combining Talents
0:06:12 – Finding Meaning
0:07:22 – Conclusion
Math Magic by Vsauce: https://youtu.be/ObiqJzfyACM
Curiosity Box: https://www.curiositybox.com/
The Create Unknown Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/thecreateunknown
*** SOURCES ***
Charles Seife, “Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea”: https://www.amazon.com/Zero-Biography-Dangerous-Charles-Seife/dp/0140296476
Leonard Read, “I, Pencil”: https://www.amazon.com/Pencil-Family-Tree-Told-Leonard-ebook/dp/B003IWYFEO/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=i%2C+pencil&qid=1602613729&s=books&sr=1-1
Mathematics of the Rubik’s Cube: https://ruwix.com/the-rubiks-cube/mathematics-of-the-rubiks-cube-permutation-group/
Niall Ferguson, “The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World”: https://www.amazon.com/Ascent-Money-Financial-History-World/dp/0143116177
Ethan Siegel, “You Are Not Mostly Empty Space”: https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2020/04/16/you-are-not-mostly-empty-space/#4b4d50b42c2b
Talk Vsauce2 in The Create Unknown Discord: https://discord.gg/tyh7AVm
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