Illusions of Time
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1896 snowball fight:
Prospective and retrospective timing:
ISOLATION - Mind Field:
(every episode of Mind Field is free to watch on ALgone!)
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

  • Mathew Dave
    Mathew Dave

    The sweltering nitrogen morally sign because distributor advantageously deceive around a strong leather. synonymous, cheap slope

  • Lunchtiem

    17:38 is it bad that I wasn't surprised by this because the first star wars feels like it came out so long ago.

  • Edgar Juarez
    Edgar Juarez

    Well I rather have more memories about my childhood then whatever I had after thaf

  • Bernardo Ramirez
    Bernardo Ramirez

    Why is Phill Collins making me anxious about the time flow

  • Sharnoy

    Wow, that was 31 minutes already? 😏

  • overboardhumor

    This man is a time traveler

  • Ari Weems
    Ari Weems

    26:33 how people text

  • Timochat

    Michael with no beard Something's wrong I can feel it...

  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana

    Imagine if the beardless part was the last one he recorded lol

  • Paul Wehner
    Paul Wehner

    this comment will be almost 80 years old during 2100.

  • DapsuUuUu

    Weeee!!! Aanother existential crisis!!!! Thanks Michael!!!!!!

  • Jonas Wiebe
    Jonas Wiebe

    7:58 is now my favourite scene in the world

  • Lana H
    Lana H

    me: so the other day what i mean: 3 years ago

  • CrushablePaper

    I stan stanning

  • Cole Phelps
    Cole Phelps

    Time seems longer to a child not just due to it being a greater percentage of their existence, but their development as an individual is accelerated. In 6 months they change radically as a sentient being. A 30 year old generally does not change very much in that time frame and is not learning basic formularies of life.

  • Slimmer Elk
    Slimmer Elk

    I thought this channel died

  • James Lynn
    James Lynn

    Am I the only one who thinks beardless Michael's chin is vaguely reminiscent of Robin Williams? No... Just me? I'm the only weirdo thinking about that? 😂

  • symphony

    it was put best by joshua foer in moonwalking with einstein. the more memories you have the longer you've lived. something along those lines

  • Leslie Wessling
    Leslie Wessling

    So we waited all that time for an upload so you could do a bit? That's dedication.

  • Aditya Shahi
    Aditya Shahi

    0:02 If your brightness is high enough, Michael just looks like a floating head lmao

  • ThePreciousContent

    He has returned!

  • Zap the Demon
    Zap the Demon

    Now we know why it’s been 6 months since he uploaded.

  • Chris M
    Chris M

    The world dies with you

  • Aelorus

    i feel like time flies by but when i count it takes forever

  • noezelaya7

    i am so high rn V Sauce here!

  • Brent Hartline
    Brent Hartline

    A bunch of hungry hippos Michael. More more more

  • ElMikeoMysterio

    He lives!!!

  • drivethrupoet

    I was always annoyed when we'd go into a new chapter in ancient/early history class, and find out that all this other stuff was happening at the same time as stuff we'd already learned about. I ended up with these pillars of information that aren't connected by a timeline. I'd feel like I missed some context plus it's harder to remember the information now as an adult.

  • andrew vanorden
    andrew vanorden

    I actually think of this exact thing all the time. Funny seeing a video about it randomly on ALgone. Glad you're back bro!

  • Eric Jauregui
    Eric Jauregui

    Here's to boredom every once in a while.

  • Alexis Martinez
    Alexis Martinez

    I was off by one second lol

  • Alulu Joseph
    Alulu Joseph


  • Goat pepper herbal tea
    Goat pepper herbal tea

    Fuck eternity bruh I’m tryna live on turbo😎

  • Mitch Barker
    Mitch Barker

    My head hurts

  • Krule World
    Krule World

    More likely those three days in isolation nothing happened, so your brain over-wrote those memories to use the hardware for newer data. You probably only have one or two left that were moved to long term memory.

  • PoTatoSaLad4DaYz

    facially hairless michael looks like dan barrett

  • Reagan Boettcher
    Reagan Boettcher

    This guy usually answers all of the questions I didn’t know I wanted answered

  • Matt Bryja
    Matt Bryja

    What song is playing at 30:10?

  • manan sharma
    manan sharma

    Hey Micheal... Can you make a video about hindu mythology someday?


    I'm a truck driver and remember exactly the moment I felt sonder. It just hit me, one day on the freeway in a typical LA jam. It felt eery, but also calming.

  • Khrizna Gabrielle Talastas
    Khrizna Gabrielle Talastas

    mind blown

  • Jade Marie
    Jade Marie

    Smooth brains: ah, this video had a lot of effort put into it, that’s why it’s been a while! Wrinkle brains: o, beard need to grow back! Nice! And vice versa obviously lol

  • Antonio Guerrero
    Antonio Guerrero

    so what your saying is all of our lives are meaningless in the grand scheme of time?

  • bluzigo

    I’m a day late but happy birthday Michael!

  • Skoomd

    I literally looked up pipe dream again a few weeks ago just like you and thought the same thing

  • 41_A_saharsh sinha
    41_A_saharsh sinha

    It took him time to grow his beard so he can make that video

  • cloud decahedron
    cloud decahedron

    Finally dam it please make more interesting vids

  • 2Beats

    I'm getting the time illusion that these great videos are farther and farther apart.

  • Jack Lazarus
    Jack Lazarus

    I've had the "pipe dream" effect before with video game graphics. I remember when I was small, thinking that video game graphics looked so unbelievably realistic, and that it couldn't possibly get any better. Nowadays I look back and think "lol gross"

  • - G -
    - G -

    I've already forgotten ever watching this video because of that boring ass backdrop

  • Gucci Ski Goggles
    Gucci Ski Goggles


  • Sweepzzz

    Yes, this is good.

  • Dankman9

    He was born in '86?! Shit I'm older than this dude?!

  • Maronidas

    Makes me think on how chrome was considered futuristic, so people "chromed" everything but now no one uses chrome and its just considered a mark of the past.

  • promr marbles
    promr marbles

    he looks younger, older, and like an off-brand Ian from Alvin and the Chipmunks without his beard

  • Adam Ritchison
    Adam Ritchison

    I shall never forget the time I watched this

  • Levon G
    Levon G

    That got deeper than a usual episode! Also came at the best time, been feeling the speeding up too often recently, and I'm barely 33!

  • Sinisa Jakelic
    Sinisa Jakelic

    you have to appreciate the fact vsauce doesn’t make those anooooooying jumpcuts everyone seems to be doing. He can easily piece together coherent sentences without unncesessary editing which is obviously a rarity nowadays.

  • leedredd1

    Old skool Mike is back ✅ 👍👌

  • LeFeren4Life

    i grew up on vsauce!! learned a lot of shit here you cant learn anywhere else

  • Tomas Hughes Hallett
    Tomas Hughes Hallett

    Okay the last part of this video scared the shit out of me

  • Dalton

    Nobody noticed all the shirt changes??

  • Greg M
    Greg M


  • Alex Jones
    Alex Jones

    Missed your videos bro...🥲

  • carringbushpet

    oh buddy, I find myself trying to explain these concepts all the time to people..then I stare at a wall for 4 hours and wait for the colours to stop

  • SteampunkFox


  • shauna estes
    shauna estes

    michael is not the same michael without a beard

  • marsia belle
    marsia belle

    Lol you said your childhood lasted longer than your twenties that’s because your twenties is a decade but your childhood is 18 years or according to your calculation and that sentence = 20 years

  • Vagodin Fir
    Vagodin Fir

    holy shit hes back,i thought this video was like months ago,I can finally die in peace now

  • foureyedweirdo _1
    foureyedweirdo _1

    any body who sees my comment please wish Michael a happy belated BIRTHDAY because niceness and Michael is an awesome youtuber and a really cool person so HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL STEVENS!!

  • Walking Charade
    Walking Charade

    i was on board with this until the part about pre20th century people not seeing changes decade to decade or generation to generation. thats such an annoying misconception. watch any of the many wonderful historical fashion channels and they'll show you very clearly that 1740 was very different in the minds of people in 1740 than 1710. But its not just then. Ancient roman writers are FULL of old men complaining about back in my day, and how the generation before them was better and the generation after them worse, with all these new modern shenanigans. Time travel via machine was not a popular trope because the idea of science fiction was new. but visions from the past or future via mysticism or religious experience probably got more play time, as it were. And historical fiction is like. literally as old as myth. The idea that the past was different and the future will be different is not remotely new - thinking of it that way falls prey to the very fallacies you just discussed.

  • foureyedweirdo _1
    foureyedweirdo _1

    I was doing some random googling and decided to google michael stevens because I have been watching a lot of mind field recently, I didn't expect to learn that Michael's birthday is January 23 (if google is actually right...) So I want to just wish Michael a HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!!

  • cloudy

    strangely made me feel a lot better

  • Garland Farms
    Garland Farms

    That was a lot of effort for an Ann Frank mention.

  • Dudeonwheels

    How come things like Clorox and Lysol kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria? Do we really 0.01% of germs and bacteria? Did the scientist inventing them think 99.9 was good enough?

  • The Simplest Science
    The Simplest Science

    Hello! Please try out my channel! I just started and the overall quality stinks other than the explanation. (I hope.) In my first video, (there is only one) I explain the Magnus effect. Please check it out!

  • null

    can you tell me what the best thing is?

  • GamingInSlowMotion

    Will you ever make a video on comma and the conscience? ???? ?? ?? ??

  • Wallace Camarinha
    Wallace Camarinha

    Oh I missed you

  • Peter Sabev
    Peter Sabev

    10:08 was a mind fuck moment for me

  • cloudy

    21:22 there it is

  • Adam Nemecek
    Adam Nemecek

    What’s the song playing at 21:03?

  • Phantom Ass
    Phantom Ass

    I guessed 2 minutes when he asked how long have I watched this video and as I checked, it is 2:30. Woahhh

  • Kyle Wollman
    Kyle Wollman

    Who's watching this video right now?

  • Matt Moore
    Matt Moore

    hi people from the future, 2021😎

  • Willard Tapdasan
    Willard Tapdasan

    i literally have a protagonist syndrome and this literally explains everything

  • fei0x

    They don't come often. but when they do. oh boy.

  • Oliver

    If you think you're clever keep watching vsuace, watching these videos makes me realise how dumb I am

  • Jason Richardson
    Jason Richardson

    Me dumb

  • Joo Won Lee
    Joo Won Lee

    Well, now i am not watching your videos again lol

  • Antoine

    Mind blowing.

  • Jeff J
    Jeff J

    when you said try to guess how long this video has been going for.. I guessed 2.5 mins

  • Quizion

    i feel like everytime i watch a video it takes a shorter amount of time to watch it

  • Accaris

    The Nintendo NES is as old to us now as 1955 was to Marty McFly

  • Bobby Davis
    Bobby Davis

    You also have to consider the establishment of neurons and patterns. An adult that has gotten used to life, will not maintain some of those neural connections that were established, versus someone that is constantly learning a new world. Basically, when you are used to the patterns of life, you tend to pay attention less, therefor, time is perceived differently, because of the amount of information being taken in. As we get older, we tend to slow our lives down, and the events are what seem to pass us by.

  • Daniel Decker
    Daniel Decker

    MMMBop shout out! Sweet! Hansen is still doing their thing if you would like to look them up today.

  • colombianking400

    I aspire to have as many sweaters as Michael

  • Brigade Of Idiots
    Brigade Of Idiots

    Legand has its the reason he was gone for so long, Was that he messed up the first part and had to shave and regrow a beard Before doing it again

  • Kathleen Talens
    Kathleen Talens

    Vsauce why many dumb people in games

  • João Victor Franco Fernandes
    João Victor Franco Fernandes

    how can i prove the "Ab ovo" theory is not true ?

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