Our species probably began about 200,000 years ago. And judging by the fucking state of us, I think we can all agree it was a terrible idea. We are called Homo Sapiens, but we were not the first human-like creatures on the planet, however. Homo Habilis were making tools about 2 million years ago, Homo Heidelbergensis were building shelters about 700,000 years ago, Neanderthals were probably just as brainy as us: they wore jewelry, maybe buried their dead, and always passed the joint to the left. There were at least 15 other human species we know about – and now they are all gone. The last three surviving species of human were Neanderthals, who probably died out about 30,000 years ago, Homo Floresiensis, who disappeared about 12,000 years ago, and us – Homo Sapiens, aka… BIPEDAL BASTARDS. And if you hadn’t noticed, we are still here. So where be dem other hominids… yo? Neanderthals, for example? Neanderthals were probably stronger than us, a bit taller, with a rather different skull and a bigger brain. Then why are they gone? You see, old Gary Neanderthal might have been a smarty-pants, but we had a secret weapon… which is mouthy word noises. Speech is fine for dissing and cussing, but it lets you do other stuff – like organize. This allows you to, as the evolutionary biologists put it, F U C K S H I T U P Neanderthals were hanging about in Europe, doing crochet, cracking open cold ones, until around 45,000 years ago, when us sapiens turned up coming from East Africa. And within 5000 years of meeting us… They were gone. All of them. [wind noises] Combine that with the fact that we could make big wordy noises, were socially complex, and probably had domesticated doggos at some point for help – and we were a force to be reckoned with. So that was that. We were bumming around for a while as hunter-gatherers. The land was often barren, the climate was often hostile, death lurked everywhere – so, Portsmouth, basically – but it really wasn’t all bad. We think the average work week might have been around twenty to forty hours. Their diet was probably quite varied – vegetables, fruit, nuts, insects, boza — whatever they could find. And they weren’t idiots. Most members of the tribe had to know the core skills of survival: which berries will make you dead immediately, how to remember the terrain, how to build tools, how to stay alive… They were generalists. They had to be. Anyway, that went on for a few hundred thousand years, until we got around to developing agriculture – probably about 12,000 years ago. And suddenly, “if we don’t find food, we’ll all die” turned into “if you eat my food, YOU’LL die”, then into “ehhh, I’m full, but I’ll eat some more”, and then into… “Uhh, yeah, I’ll have the gluten-free macaroon and the lactose-free avocado shake. Merci beaucoup…” And then we went off to build society. Hooooow? Scrawny, breakable, generally pathetic – but enough about myself (lol dat twist tho). We are not a formidable species physically. But we can do language. And if you can do language, then you can do myths. And if you can do myths – then you can conquer the world. You will own at least hundreds of thousands of objects in your life, because you believe in a myth called “money”. “If you give me this paper, and the number is right, I will give you stuff.” And the myth works, because most of us agree to play by the rules. The same applies to universities, governments, nations – whatever it is. It’s not that these things are lies, it’s just that they’re abstractions that only live in our heads. And if you don’t have language… you can’t do them. You really can’t. And if you can’t do them, you can’t do big societies. Language is probably the gateway to civilization. And now… we own the fucking world. But it’s been quite a journey. There is some evidence that around a hundred thousand years ago the human species bottlenecked to somewhere between 3,000 and 10,000 humans in the entire world. By definition, that made us an endangered species teetering on the edge of extinction. One theory holds that this was thanks to a supervolcano in lake Toba, Indonesia, possibly bringing in a volcanic winter. And even if that wasn’t the cause – disease, strife, famine, ignorance and hardship weren’t occasional visitors to the human condition. They WERE the human condition for most of our history. But here we are now – a most populated planet. For better or worse, we have arrived. It took two hundred thousand years to get to our first billion humans – that was in 1804. But then we jumped 2 billion in 1927, and then 3 billion in 1959, 4 billion in 1974 – and finally, 7 billion in 2007. And now, we are invincible. We’ve outsmarted time, we’ve outsmarted death, we’ve outsmarted crops, and disease, and the weather… The state of the human union is strong. What could possibly go wrong now?
[echoing] I met a traveller from an antique land Who said:—Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things, The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed. And on the pedestal these words appear: “My name is Homo sapiens, hominid of hominids: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!” Well… Then again. In 1977, a probe was launched into space, called “Voyager 1”. 41 years later, Voyager 1 is traveling away from us at about 38,000 miles an hour, and is now 13 billion miles distant. And aboard Voyager is a message from Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. And the message reads: “This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts, and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope some day, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe.” And were we able to include just a few more lines in that message, to tell our spacey friends a little more about ourselves, and our deep history, and our ambitions, and our ancestors, Just maybe it would say that… “Well… P. S. We think shit went down like this: Life probably began on our planet about 4 billion years ago – a simple organic machines, we don’t know how yet. Then a sudden explosion of diversity 500 million years ago. 50 million more years, and plants taking the land over; 50 million more, and insects have arrived; next, the dinosaurs are taking the stage, 700 species at least, ruling the planet for around 145 million years, before something – possibly asteroid shaped – wipes them out. But it’s ok, because here come bats, and butterflies, giraffes, bears, hyenas, sloths, vultures, mammoths, TURTLES – you fucking name it! And then the rise of the primates, and 2 million years ago appear our first true ancestor – Homo Habilis. And at least 15 other species of the Homo genus spreading out across the world until about 200,000 years ago, when a new genus – our genus – emerges. Homo Sapiens, large-brained organizers, talkers, thinkers, capable of high abstraction, and building tribes and cities and nation-states, capable of ending the world in a day! We have stepped into an age of great technological potency, though there are gaping holes in our wisdom. We’ve become a global superorganism, though we still harbor our tribal inclinations. We’ve pulled a bunch of fuckups, and we’re really quite confused, and alone, and, frankly, scared. But we hope to enjoy the privilege of being a semicolon in history, rather than a full-stop. So on behalf of the hundred and fifty billion who came before us, and our human cousins who didn’t make it, we just hope this message finds you well. And we hope, when you find us thousands of years from now, that we are well too. In any case… please just write back. It’s dark out here. And we’re the last humans left.”

We’re the Last Humans Left
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100 thoughts on “We’re the Last Humans Left

  • September 10, 2019 at 8:46 am
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    What could possibly go wrong?

    Well
    *chuckles* everything

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  • September 10, 2019 at 10:19 am
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    This guy actually sounds like a gid when he makes a video

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  • September 10, 2019 at 10:22 am
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    The last part gave me chills

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  • September 10, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    10 billion people in 12 years

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  • September 10, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    Damn this is depressing

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  • September 10, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    Hunter x Hunter theme genei ryodan

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  • September 10, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    Man, a humans durability varies so greatly. You can trip and split your skull open on a hard surface and die instantly, or you could be skydiving and your parachute doesn't deploy so you land in a recently tilled field and get up with only a minor concussion. Humans are weird.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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    i like how u used shakesphere's poem on ozymandias!

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  • September 10, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    This is like an impression of an edgy youtube video by an obnoxious 13 year old, absolutely unbearable garbage.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    so before clicking on this the title was"FORTNITE IS DYING" and I am so confused

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  • September 10, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    6:46

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  • September 10, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    You sound like Thought2. " Ooyy Forty Two here"

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  • September 10, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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    Why all the bulgarian jokes 😀

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  • September 10, 2019 at 8:02 pm
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    The dramatic music and existential dialogue make me feel like I'm watching Fullmetal Alchemist

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  • September 10, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    That's why almost everyone in my class room is dumb.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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    WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG
    Jeez… that scared me

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  • September 11, 2019 at 12:53 am
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    brb crying a lot

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  • September 11, 2019 at 1:14 am
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    Homo sapiens.
    "Oh, a wise guy, eh?"—the Three Stooges

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  • September 11, 2019 at 1:21 am
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    We are the first single species to ever create a global extinction event.

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  • September 11, 2019 at 2:06 am
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    this guy is so cringe saying so many swear words for no reason -_- just trying to learn

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  • September 11, 2019 at 2:25 am
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    i mean we can make monster girls you get me ?

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  • September 11, 2019 at 3:04 am
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    What could possibly go wrong?
    EVERYTHING?????????

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  • September 11, 2019 at 3:14 am
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    Ehhh scrap diseases cough cough anti vax

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  • September 11, 2019 at 5:47 am
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    we are evolving to interstellar species homocosmicus

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  • September 11, 2019 at 5:56 am
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    That gluten free joke got me😂😂😂

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  • September 11, 2019 at 8:23 am
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    Wanted to find other vids like ones that this guy makes and searched “existential crisis fuel” from youtube, the first thing i found was list of this quys vids again…. god damn quess i summarised them right. 😂

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  • September 11, 2019 at 9:06 am
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    What could possibly go wrong?

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  • September 11, 2019 at 11:22 am
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    боза xD alright then

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  • September 11, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    YEEHAW NO OTHER IDIOTS

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  • September 11, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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    Ok you came from monkey but i will say i came from god

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  • September 11, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    most humans have some Neanderthal DNA, you see… most humans used to be black because we needed some sort of defense against sun rays and it was our dark skin dye, but then we met the hairy neantherdals who had a lot of fur so they did not develop dark skin underneath, and therefore our mixed offspring lost the dark dye to some degree, only pure homo-sapiens (ala black people) kept it, that's why most of the world has lighter skin now, the lighter the skin the more Neantherdal in our DNA, thus the people in the middle east, India, east Asia and native Americans are tan because of small neanderthal admixture, while people in Europe get lighter skin as you go north.

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  • September 11, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    No-one:

    Absolutely nobody:

    Other species of homo:

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  • September 11, 2019 at 7:08 pm
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    Existential crisis!
    ACTIVATE!

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  • September 11, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    really underrated channel

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  • September 11, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    Explain the 400,000 year old bones that are related to the denisovan not neaderthal found in spain

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  • September 11, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    Th=t

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  • September 11, 2019 at 11:52 pm
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    Sinceramente increíble, la manera de explicar es fantástica ademas de graciosa, sin embargo, el final me dejo mucho que pensar.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    i dont know who you are but i love you

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  • September 12, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Ok I've seen this in my recommendation for 3 months

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  • September 12, 2019 at 2:30 am
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    That ending had me laughing, then gawking and finally kind of sad.

    Good lord what a ride.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 2:38 am
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    This is my favorite video of his😅😅

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  • September 12, 2019 at 5:39 am
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    soooooo we the worst?

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  • September 12, 2019 at 6:18 am
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    What is the music that starts at 3:10

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  • September 12, 2019 at 7:32 am
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    Ozymandias 🖤

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  • September 12, 2019 at 8:13 am
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    You missed out Denisovans

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  • September 12, 2019 at 8:45 am
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    Roflllll.😂

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  • September 12, 2019 at 8:49 am
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    4:24 chinese soldiers marching in Washington 2150 AD.😂

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  • September 12, 2019 at 8:53 am
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    Lovely ending.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Wow

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  • September 12, 2019 at 9:11 am
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    Humans kind of work as a hive mind don’t they?

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  • September 12, 2019 at 9:54 am
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    I kept saying earth can die robots will go rogue and we will go crazy

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  • September 12, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    Do you believe in Adam and Eve

    Or scientists saying we are an evolution of monkeys?

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  • September 12, 2019 at 11:09 am
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    Ok I get it 1:46

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  • September 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    This guy is gifted

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  • September 12, 2019 at 12:58 pm
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    Shills

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  • September 12, 2019 at 1:03 pm
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    I hate how you can't disable the automatic translation of the video's title

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  • September 12, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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    This makes me think about the book "Sapiens" from Yuval Noah Harari

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  • September 12, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    4:30

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  • September 12, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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    "Their work hours were between 20-40 hours a week"

    That sounds like the dream

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  • September 12, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    What a soy boy leftist view of things…I bet you're fun on a night out!! FFS….

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  • September 12, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    In case you didnt notice,were still here

    Brain:confused brain noises

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  • September 12, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    Ozymandias was very fitting for this

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  • September 12, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    Everyone who did GCSE english remembers 4:30

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  • September 12, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    damn

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  • September 12, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    What a stupid statement

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  • September 12, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    Looking back at our history makes you realize our current situation is far, far too good for it to last that much.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 9:08 pm
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    Ozymandius

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  • September 12, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    Or are we?

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  • September 12, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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    nothing will go wrong??? NOTHING WILL GO WRONG???
    Ahem.
    1. Climate Change Is Burning the Amazon Rainforest.
    2. World war III in 2068
    3. Disease that might spread on Humans is 2021.
    4. Apollo Asteroid Impact 2029.
    5. Neutron Star Collison in 2087.
    6. Asteroid Impact October 3rd 2019.
    7. Tectonic Plates Situation.
    8. Humans Treating Earth like shit.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Existence certainly is terrifying.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    Ozymandias is 🔥🔥🔥

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  • September 12, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    Fuck I'm Bulgarian and when the boza part came I –

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:13 am
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    Why does the end always make me cry?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:21 am
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    “My name is Homo Sapiens, prominent of Sapiens, look on my work ye mighty, and despair”

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:02 am
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    I didn’t sign up for this documentary, but ok.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:47 am
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    Such a well written video, amazing

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  • September 13, 2019 at 4:48 am
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    Imagine an alien discovering our tech from 1977 then coming to earth in 2019

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:03 am
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    The vaatividya of the world

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    i thought everyone agreed that neanderthals were 5 feet 11?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 7:08 am
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    We’re all dead. World war 3 would probably finish us off because America and Russia would be like screw it and nuke us love this world I’ve been born into

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    I love this video

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  • September 13, 2019 at 10:35 am
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    In case anyone questions what's the second half music masterpiece: https://youtu.be/JoR4jeB6OI0

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    ok now that i’m done with my existential crisis, what’s the second song?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:53 am
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    ?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:56 am
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    Man fuck Portsmouth

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:13 pm
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    Neanderthals took one look at Humans and with their bigger brains, they built a Stargate out of rocks and all left for friendlier places.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    "We outsmarted death" – wait, not yet…

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    4:40 FUCK OFF OZYMANDIUS I THOUGJT I WAS RID OF YOU AFTER A LEVELS YOU BASTARD!!!!

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  • September 13, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Damn, thats deep, but maybe not too deep. Deep nevertheless.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    when are people gonna stop pretending people with severe allergies are pretentious?? they’re just trying to eat nice food without spewing and shitting their guts out

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    What could possibly go wrong now; AI/Robots

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Why can I not see when this was uploaded?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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    humans can suck my dick i sexualy indentefy as a fucking sprite bottle

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    What's going to go wrong is related what you erroneously said around 4:00, that we've outsmarted disease. We most certainly haven't, in fact there's a very strong argument that all we've done is battle disease back just enough to train it how to fight well, and to train us to stop caring about it. This is going to prove to be a deadly combo, and if you'd like more information on that, I'd advise you to listen to this podcast – https://samharris.org/podcasts/166-plague-years/

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:26 pm
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    1:46. Damn you caught me off guard. Holy jesus my guy

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    I’m on God’s side

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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    Like besides scary shit about us all dying, Hunter x Hunter ost ;);)

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:51 pm
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    3:18

    ALL I WANTED WAS A NEW MERCEDES

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    Please say there was a homo war.

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