Illusions of Time

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 NLid!)
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


  1. Rissper Nightcore

    Rissper Nightcore

    38 minuten geleden

    Feels like he uploaded this video just a week ago, but it's been 4 months

  2. Shmellzy


    Uur geleden

    bro 4 months ago i thought this video came out a month ago lol

  3. Caleb Klein

    Caleb Klein

    2 uur geleden

    Thank you for making these videos

  4. Pola & Tiger

    Pola & Tiger

    5 uur geleden

    20:47 ~ It is obvious that it's old video because of clothes and hair styles.

  5. Clueless Wanderer

    Clueless Wanderer

    6 uur geleden

    This was only 31 minutes long? It felt like 4 Hours 😂

  6. Andrew Miller

    Andrew Miller

    6 uur geleden

    Another weird illusion is zack grienke first win was against the expos

  7. Jessica Lesh

    Jessica Lesh

    7 uur geleden

    We are little. Time is big.

  8. Timo Ben Bentien Schellenberger

    Timo Ben Bentien Schellenberger

    11 uur geleden

    Fuck, was that good

  9. Michael Tang

    Michael Tang

    11 uur geleden

    The moldy offer universally improve because author emotionally clap about a hesitant gallon. pastoral, zonked certification

  10. C Nelson

    C Nelson

    11 uur geleden

    You really illuminate my mind's eye in a superfluous manner

  11. C Nelson

    C Nelson

    12 uur geleden

    That is awfully decent of you to pop out of the bottom of the screen now and again. That helps me stay with it

  12. Dr. doggo

    Dr. doggo

    16 uur geleden

    Aight I'll be back in ten yrs



    16 uur geleden

    well that was trippy

  14. Hessel Sieburgh

    Hessel Sieburgh

    17 uur geleden

    I now realise I don’t have the short-short experience with Vsauce videos, because they made up a great deal of my childhood and grew my interest in mathematics, science and philosophy. I guess knowledge and grown interest can be memorabilia too in a sense. Or is it?

  15. Vara Des

    Vara Des

    18 uur geleden

    He made so much money from our views

  16. Patrick Baker

    Patrick Baker

    19 uur geleden

    Paulie Walnuts: I know. I don’t understand. When I was a kid, you two were old ladies. Now I’m old, and you two are still old.

  17. Travis Ziemer

    Travis Ziemer

    20 uur geleden

    The way he looks at the camera while reading… you can tell he has it memorized and is just pretending to read. 23:53

  18. OsieJ WasTaken

    OsieJ WasTaken

    21 uur geleden

    Shaved Michael is fucking cursed and I’m in comfy

  19. James Atherton

    James Atherton

    22 uur geleden

    Confusing, but enjoyable. I often find myself simply unplugging and taking time "to be bored". I made a choice a long time, working night shifts, to not be bored but to fill my time with seeing and observing my life rather than running away from it. Perhaps this makes me old-fashioned? "Antiquated*, but I enjoy the time that I have.



    23 uur geleden

    Feel time

  21. Cameron McIsaac

    Cameron McIsaac

    23 uur geleden

    Accidently started the video at 21:25 and I thought I was tripping sack

  22. Lara :3

    Lara :3

    Dag geleden

    Because of mental health issues I have literally NO feeling of retroactive time. My long term memory got tested once at it was way below average. Most of my childhood is basically just a thick brain fog. It’s very sad sometimes because I almost feel like I’m someone with dementia but at the same time it makes me value the present way more :)

  23. Michael Tang

    Michael Tang

    Dag geleden

    The big ashtray importantly joke because mother peroperativly remain sans a freezing freeze. quaint, profuse rice

  24. Hicca Carryer

    Hicca Carryer

    Dag geleden

    The last section about the pre modern sense of the present is shaky - if you embed yourself in an early diary such as John Evelyn you realise perception of time and change is universal- exactly as he argues at the beginning section

  25. schatz


    Dag geleden

    The comments are absolutely childish

  26. Andrew Graves

    Andrew Graves

    Dag geleden

    I am now 31:08 minutes/seconds closer to dying. No reason.

  27. ZIGOLO


    Dag geleden

    A person born when Franz Ferdinand was shot, if lucky could could have watched the matrix

  28. DOG_BOT :D

    DOG_BOT :D

    Dag geleden

    anyone watching this at 2050 after terrorist attack?

  29. Oliver Whitmore

    Oliver Whitmore

    Dag geleden

    One one of his 100,000,000 channels

  30. Pulchism


    Dag geleden

    After many years of dipping into your stuff this one is A1. A piece of art

  31. Justin Pierce

    Justin Pierce

    Dag geleden

    @29:40 Sounds like a great advertisment for meditation!

  32. Jey Bee

    Jey Bee

    2 dagen geleden

    Holy smokes I had protagonist syndrome till I was 12👀

  33. Official Nyi Yan Moe Htet Channel

    Official Nyi Yan Moe Htet Channel

    2 dagen geleden

    04:13, yes, time speeds up as I got older. 2004(birth)-2011: Slow 2012-2014: rather fast 2015-2017: Faster 2018-2021: Like a lighning bullet...

  34. Dennison J

    Dennison J

    2 dagen geleden

    One term: Psychedelic Chronology

  35. --


    2 dagen geleden

    "you might not have the time of your life, but you will have more time of your life" that was amazing line.

  36. --


    2 dagen geleden

    "you might not have the time of your life, but you will have more time of your life"

  37. Shaahzaad Kaleem

    Shaahzaad Kaleem

    2 dagen geleden

    This channel is for ADHD ❤️

  38. Erica Jordan

    Erica Jordan

    2 dagen geleden

    Woah are you the homeschool pop guy?!

  39. WestOfLee


    2 dagen geleden

    “But stanning, will bring your life back” DREAM, IS THAT YOU?

  40. penguin bubbles

    penguin bubbles

    2 dagen geleden


  41. THEE John HENRY


    2 dagen geleden

    What is time? The measurement of stored memory....

  42. Benjamin Friedman

    Benjamin Friedman

    2 dagen geleden

    is anyone now?

    • XD


      2 dagen geleden

      yes!! 🥴

  43. COD Mobile Clips

    COD Mobile Clips

    2 dagen geleden

    This dude makes me question life

  44. 313丂卂几匚匚乇乂


    2 dagen geleden

    Paradox, Portals and Alternate universes aside, the fact of some just creating a time machine is breaking time in it self, as that time machine could be replicated in the past, this also applies to the future, so my point is that never ever a time machine has been created. The only real way of travelling in time, is actually by traveling into the space.

  45. Anika Volpel

    Anika Volpel

    2 dagen geleden

    Changed his shirt like a dozen times and no one is talking about it

  46. GRUNT


    2 dagen geleden

    "Stanning could give you your life back" *I'm good*

  47. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow

    2 dagen geleden

    It's interesting to think about if this "chronosonder" will fade in the distant future because of the cameras we have now and everything we record or take pictures of now.

  48. Mrityunjay Kandwal

    Mrityunjay Kandwal

    2 dagen geleden

    I can't unsee the shaved Michael. Its creepy

  49. Sneaky Snake

    Sneaky Snake

    2 dagen geleden

    0‌:50 shit just went from zero to one hundred real fucking quick

  50. Netriosilver


    2 dagen geleden

    Who's watching this in 1937?

  51. The Guy You Knew As Mark Omega

    The Guy You Knew As Mark Omega

    3 dagen geleden

    This is one of those videos that will be remembered as a classic for many years to come. It already hit 10 million.

  52. satun bas

    satun bas

    3 dagen geleden

    you know what's another chronological illusion? if Elvis Presley was still alive, he would be 4 years younger than William Shatner.

  53. AeferA Windhowler

    AeferA Windhowler

    3 dagen geleden

    actually michael is at the perfect age of 35-36 so you are living the life dude!

  54. Duane Emery

    Duane Emery

    3 dagen geleden

    One thing I did not hear addressed regarding time moving faster as we grow older is the means of memory being recorded, how are brains change with age. I tend to think of it as frames per second or our sampling rate. As we get older maybe we lose our ability to capture slices of time or so then when we were Young. Things play at a regular speed when you're younger they're more frames per second therefore seeming slow motion when you're older they are less frames per second played it regular speed seem to go fast, just my thoughts and probably not even original.

  55. Adarsh Yadav

    Adarsh Yadav

    3 dagen geleden

    Me who watched it in 2x and saved my time 🙂

  56. roobscoob47


    3 dagen geleden

    The King of Squat!

  57. w3bb


    3 dagen geleden

    One of the best and most informative videos I’ve have the pleasure of rewatching many times.

  58. Martin Mamadaliev

    Martin Mamadaliev

    3 dagen geleden

    If Michael taught math then maybe I'll actually learn something

  59. Captainpep


    3 dagen geleden

    I used to think the polar express was live action when I was younger, now I wonder how I ever thought that.

  60. Lee Scales

    Lee Scales

    3 dagen geleden

    Michael says "Like that stranger over there you'll never see again." Me: Laying in dark room trying to go to sleep, thinking I'm alone but now 😱😱😱

    • CarbonShift


      2 uur geleden

      Don't worry about it, you're never gonna see him again anyways!

  61. William Lecorchick

    William Lecorchick

    3 dagen geleden

    been watching Vsauce for years but only now realized what a great public speaker Michael is

  62. Nample Damp

    Nample Damp

    3 dagen geleden

    Man, I missed this, by "this", I mean hurting my head. I'm fascinated by science and such, but my pathetic genetics don't give me the ability to remember enough of this for it to make sense.

  63. smart451cab


    3 dagen geleden

    0:38 I have a difficult time believing he grew that beard in only four months. It was pretty nifty the planning involved to do the before/howdy/after sequence!

  64. Sterilux Gaming

    Sterilux Gaming

    3 dagen geleden

    no beard micheal is scary

  65. Reni


    3 dagen geleden

    ..the part of the American “history”

  66. ceptuz ‘

    ceptuz ‘

    4 dagen geleden

    I would love to see Michael speak with Rupert Spira

  67. scoot


    4 dagen geleden

    "The name's Nobeard. Micheal, Nobeard. How much do you think i can barbeque in the span of 24 hours?" (i'm sorry he looks like a guy who'd handle the barbeque at family gatherings in obnoxious swimsuit trunks without a beard. there's no changing my mind there.

  68. CallingSkoot


    4 dagen geleden

    27:32 sus background noise

    • Z Floyd

      Z Floyd

      3 dagen geleden


  69. David Pelton

    David Pelton

    4 dagen geleden

    Your brain likes to count, because you know you're going to die, and the easiest thing to count is how many times santa claus comes.

  70. David Pelton

    David Pelton

    4 dagen geleden

    Time doesnt exist. There is only growth and decay.

  71. Daniel Fausto

    Daniel Fausto

    4 dagen geleden

    U lost me when you started talking abt evolution.

  72. Talking Mudcrab

    Talking Mudcrab

    4 dagen geleden

    I'm older than Michael Vsaucehere.. Fuuuuuuuu-

  73. Mister Baiter

    Mister Baiter

    4 dagen geleden

    Time is a blackmagicfuckery

  74. Rocky Butler

    Rocky Butler

    4 dagen geleden

    Okay you clearly explain, how fast time goes by, and how quickly we as a human race progress. Just in the last 100 years- now. Then how could this world be as old as scientists claim. If the world is billions of years old. wouldn’t it be more worn out?

  75. Cabooey


    4 dagen geleden

    bro honestly i cant keep up with half of the philosophical stuff, that as well as the mindblowing stuff, its barely able to keep up but still understand and relate

  76. Cabooey


    4 dagen geleden

    a video that was literally months in the making, or even longer

  77. Merkab


    4 dagen geleden

    Time gathers around thought just as it does matter.

  78. Bert Cowboy

    Bert Cowboy

    4 dagen geleden

    Today I learned that I am two years older than Michael, which makes me feel old for some reason.

  79. Sambath Raghava

    Sambath Raghava

    4 dagen geleden

    Bro this guy spent 5 months to research for a video.

  80. S H N

    S H N

    5 dagen geleden

    Other NLidrs: Use clickbait to get more views on their videos. Michael: Locks himself in a cell for 3 days as an experiment for a single NLid video.

  81. DannoBeats


    5 dagen geleden

    Please stop inducing existential crises, Michael

  82. Julian van Wiefferen

    Julian van Wiefferen

    5 dagen geleden

    29:49 what's the name of that track?

  83. Zombie Killer

    Zombie Killer

    5 dagen geleden

    *Credit card declines* The therapist - 29:47

  84. TRIPPYfizzy 99

    TRIPPYfizzy 99

    5 dagen geleden

    Thanks Michael vsauce i grew up watching you ever since this channel started and it had taught me alot more than school

  85. ThaNewist Records

    ThaNewist Records

    5 dagen geleden

    this video inspired a song and it doesn't suck too bad!! #Chronosonder

    • ThaNewist Records

      ThaNewist Records

      5 dagen geleden

      my mistake inspired a few songs, and a few of them don't suck

  86. Jacob Robinson

    Jacob Robinson

    5 dagen geleden

    Great video. Makes me want to use the time I have better. Funny you mentioned pipe dream. My company made a real life version of it for a tradeshow demo for Intel about 10 years ago.

  87. Reed


    5 dagen geleden

    This shit hit me kinda hard, and I know why this video was sooo long, because every human, at some point, feels this. That sense that you're running out of time to live and that you have to make sacrifices, or cut corners, in order to save time. We are stuck in this paradigm of feeling the need to constantly distract ourselves from the world, and it's cancer, because we miss out on actually experiencing it, and it's perhaps one of the worst things mankind has done to itself.

  88. Conrad Gage

    Conrad Gage

    5 dagen geleden

    24:16 Is Michael talking about Methamphetamine addicts?

  89. Commander Rockwell

    Commander Rockwell

    5 dagen geleden

    Every time I watch one of these videos I become filled with fear of the end.

  90. Leode Siefast

    Leode Siefast

    5 dagen geleden

    This is all mind blowing! Fantastic video. The flow of time is scary, man! That one about the stegosaurus and the T-Rex, wow! A similar one I heard about was that the Ancient Egyptians and their pyramid building days were as far back to the Ancient Romans as the Ancient Romans are to us! I still can't get my head around that! To us, they both just seem....ancient history.

  91. Edgar Roock

    Edgar Roock

    5 dagen geleden

    Was anybody else expecting the non-beard Michael to make another visit towards the end to drive some point home? Feels like a missed opportunity.

  92. Edgar Roock

    Edgar Roock

    5 dagen geleden

    To me Michael's first theory "conceptual comparison heuristic" 9:07 which places similar looking events closer together and not so similar looking ones further apart seems very much like his third theory "chronostatic illusion" 13:10 where he mentions that the 1990s seem closer to now than the moon landing in 1969 because the 1990s have more in common with now.

  93. Gary Williams

    Gary Williams

    5 dagen geleden


  94. Igor Zurakowski

    Igor Zurakowski

    5 dagen geleden

    This came out 4 months ago? Damn it feels like just yesterday...

    • ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

      ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

      3 dagen geleden

      Dude fr

  95. Kyle Whitlock

    Kyle Whitlock

    5 dagen geleden

    Wtf is this dude talking about

  96. RubeGoldbergGuy


    6 dagen geleden

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

  97. ceptuz ‘

    ceptuz ‘

    6 dagen geleden

    A simple question: Is time actually ever truly experienced ?

  98. Piero Giuffra

    Piero Giuffra

    6 dagen geleden

    Who is watching this in 2028? (not me)

  99. mr goldfish

    mr goldfish

    6 dagen geleden

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

  100. Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson

    6 dagen geleden

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