Do Chairs Exist?

Objavljeno 14. sep. 2021
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Metametaphysics (Eds. David Chalmers, David Manley, Ryan Wasserman)
An Introduction to Metametaphysics (Tahko)
Material Beings (Peter Van Inwagen)
Objects and Persons (Trenton Merricks)
Ordinary Objects (Amie Thomasson)
Ontology Made Easy (Amie Thomasson)
Ontology, Modality and the Fallacy of Reference (Michael Jubien)
Objects: Nothing our of the Ordinary (Daniel Z. Korman)
Composition as Identity (eds. Cotnoir, Baxter)
Truth and Ontology (Trenton Merricks)
Austere Realism (Horgan and Potrc)
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (Alan Watts)


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Against Parthood (Sider):
A Sweater Unraveled (Sidelle):
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Two Dogmas of Empiricism (Quine):
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  • hey love this one bro. thanks michael

  • Beginning was like: "Hey Vsauce, Michael here. How fast can you run?"

  • Deep man.

  • Please no

  • Someone has to make a chair out of much smaller chairs

  • does michael believe in God

  • I'm way to high for this

  • I love vsauce, but you kinda lost the plot on this one. Obviously chairs exist. All the rest is just you being intentionally difficult without adding anything to my understanding of chairs or anything else that exists.

  • Yes

  • Crash course in philosophy with VSauce

  • Hi Vsauce, Wyatt here: Deterministic Pantheistic String-Theorist. Reality is indeed "stipulated", with each individual's perspective granting unique meanings to every word. What you define as "chair" (or anything else) differs from anyone else's definition, and artificial rules (placed by energy "Human-ing") are established with the goal to communicate. Everything is subjective, and "words" are to "communication" like your "body" is to your "life"... Both are necessary to fall into a category, and the "whole" is greater than the "sum of it's parts". Fundamentally: The Universe is a vat of energy, with seemingly infinite combinations & classifications... but the laws that govern the Universe impose limitations, and therefore create structure. ONE structure, to rule them all. Our concepts of reality differ in many ways, but they operate in a similar "Human-ing" plane. Similarly, our cells & atoms have different realities, and so does our planet & galaxy. Your experience of living/consciousness "exists" with a structure made of several octillion atoms, and even more individualized "gunky" parts. Why should the Universe (in it's entirety) be considered any different? Let me know if you'd like to discuss further.

  • Michael does so much Michael-ing in this video! 👍

  • how are you today

  • I'm reminded of a quote by Sean Carroll about the multiverse theory, and why it is so hard to distinguish from a single universe God does not know about branches, to an all-knowing observer there is just one wave function evolving over time. Which is why asking how many branches, how often do they branch, does it Branch immediately or at the speed of light, all are questions that end up producing the same observable results Where this relates to the video, if God doesn't know about it branches he certainly doesn't know about chairs, or elements, or anything other than the wave function of the universe Everything else is an artificial division because as Michael said they are useful, and we are not all knowing observers

  • Who dislikes this video I just don't understand

  • So in the end, we are just a hickup in entropie.

  • We are really thirsty for philosophy.thank you Michael ❤️

  • Nobody: VSauce: I am death

  • I'm quite curious about that box in the background

  • I love watching Vsauce videos but by the end of them I'm always so confused on whats even real

  • fking awesome

  • Is Michel the destroyer of worlds...?

  • My brain don’t have any business learning this shit michael

  • Michael: "Watch this" *epic music plays while he unfolds the crane* Dora the Explorer: "Do you know where the crane went?"

  • Bra

  • I learnt a lot of new words today - descriptive words.

  • This is the least viewed video Vsauce has published in 10 years of you don't take mind field into account

  • Why wasn't I recommended this video? The Future Of Reasoning had more than 300K views in a week

  • Why this hahah

  • no?

  • OMG So great. I will now start using the term "pile of stuff just Gregin".

  • they are called sets

  • ing enjoyeding the videoing

  • we are presenting

  • Michael rumbling about chairs for a straight 37 minutes!

  • 9:30 I finally understand what went through the head of the scientist from The human centipede...

  • It’s sad how vsauce brings these interesting topics to light but top comments are always mindless memes

  • jesus christ the ending

  • it just a name for humans to communicate v . atoms are just some pullshit that we cant see

  • Everything is conceptual. Even something as chair. And 'chair' is just a word that's been agreed upon to use for recognition of an object. as is table, and what not. One question though: At what point does a cow stop being a cow and goes from cow to meat? Just as the origami it's two different things yet the same? Right? Is roadkill still the animal it was before it turned roadkill? Always fun with these kinds of questions.

  • I don't even know if chairs do exist or i just sit on a pile of atoms

  • ????????????????????

  • "The problem of the many" *Clicks the knife open*

  • This man could make me question my own existence

  • 🙃🙃🙃🙃

  • yes of course they exist

  • that was weird

  • SUS?!?!?!?!

  • wait am i floating?

  • 36:15 this is similar to the statement that "mind is what the brain does"

  • I can't believe I watched a video on semantics with some existential philosophy for 30+ minutes

  • For whoever cares, the "simulation code language" is just made up of Japanese letters

  • Really good and funny video.

  • I'm always undecided as to whether I hate or love this kind of philosophy. It's terribly unpragmatic but really interesting

  • How did I not get this in my sub box!!! This video brought me back to when he first started making videos. I feel like my love for learning and science wouldn't be the same without vsauce

  • man i wanna knwo the thought process of the philosophers who came up with all this, like one day they were like "yeah this is not what it is but simply built as we think it is"

  • Thanks for chair-ing Michael! -Vsauce

  • "I am not a thing that dies and becomes scattered. I AM death . I AM the scattering." Very powerful. Loved this video!

  • I feel like if Michael wanted to be a one man David lynch, he could. He has the acting down, the writing, the knowledge, the cinematography, the mise em scene, the editing, the production, he's got it all

  • It's like asking a lot of philosophical questions and then you just get "Do chairs exist?"

  • Chairs don’t exist

  • Sus. Amog us

  • i am not the rolling wheels i am the highway

  • 19:28 new meme clip just dropped

  • That was fuuu... crazy!

  • I wish he had a podcast as long as it didn't effect his main show

  • Me: "Man, I love Vsauce. It's so Educational." Also Me: *Terrified*

  • When the singularity happens and AI turns against us, we'll have to keep Michael safe. I feel he has information they want.

  • *quietly adds to list of videos to have an existential crisis to*

  • so bassiclly hes saying something then he just says fuck you be normal

  • Maybe I'm not understanding your point about the ordering of properties/adjectives, but not all languages do this the same way. English has a very particular adjective order like you said, but Japanese is usually ordered by emphasis. In Spanish and many other languages, nouns come first. Please help me understand if I'm missing something :)

  • why ?

  • me: sitting on a chair michael: do chairs exist? me: *falls on the ground*

  • “The more sus they become” Impostor moment

  • Michael is 4K?

  • do i exist?

  • The real question is: does anything truly exist?

  • no

  • Michael... did you check WHY the chair is SALTY?

  • Not finished with this video, but at what point can you say *what* exists? An atom is a composite, so it mustn't exist; protons & neutrons are just composites of quarks, so they don't exist. The extent of my knowledge of chemistry breaks down here (no pun intended), so I'm not really sure if quarks exist or if there is something smaller too.

  • yeah I'm just gonna admit this is a whole lot of bs, none of these arguments can ever be true because they all build in incorrections. The only one that is even close to some sort of objective reality is the "false but close enough to be nearly real". Like nothing aside from the building blocks, what we understand as the fundamental particles, is truly clearly defined, but like even them are fundamentally uncertain, with all quantum randomness and tunneling etc. so if we go down this logic nothing in existence exists at all but clearly that's incorrect. if we allow that to be true then nothing else matters and we don't have to talk about it anymore. and so we might as well focus on things that matter to us, and by that definition chairs and all other odrinary items exist because we defined those things into existance

  • Today my brain cells had a good bath and became clean!

  • my freaking BRAIN! i can never leave a vsauce video without a headache but also reevaluating my entire existence

  • >sus out Michael. Did you just make "sus" a verb?

  • Perception is fun.

  • "A chair is still a chair, even when there's no one sittin' there But a chair is not a house and a house is not a home When there's no one there to hold you tight And no one there you can kiss goodnight"

  • the island cant easily change its properties, the "incar" can

  • I'm very happy to see a mainstream video introducing this subject. Ontology is a subject I have passionately studied for years. I would love to see Michael explain more advanced concepts like Epistemology, Spiral dynamics, Non Duality, or Ego Development Theory. To expose others to the more Esoteric and Epistemic phenomena that denotes our human experiences. “Sariputra, form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness does not differ from form. That which is form is emptiness, that which is emptiness form. The same is true of feelings, perceptions, impulses, consciousness.”

  • This is just semantics

  • That was profound

  • Michael: Chairs aren't real. They can't hurt you. Me: But they're chair-ing. I can feel it.

  • good vid 🪑🪑🪑🪑

  • Michael: For example. Audience: okay? Michael: **pulls out a slice of cheese from under his shirt** Everyone: The hell did that cheese came from?

  • 37:53 minutes of Michael's ontological intuition that there is a substantial 'Self' to justify that chairs exist.

    • @aswer huio I highly doubt if you understood the comment I made or this video, SO DON'T EXPECT ME TO ARGUE WITH YOU

    • we bite taste smell. Me writing this: Well im not v sauce so DONT EXPECT ME TO SPEAK FAX OK?

  • Yes yes yes you are back

  • My brain hurts....

  • Soooo A half is both a whole and 2 quarters at once as well as a half. What the fuck

  • Craziest thing (for the non-believers, I think its awesome as a believer and not remotely crazy) about all this is that Christian theologians have actually addressed this under some conceptions of shadows and types (which conventionally applies to prophesy in act and not by word, but can also be demonstrated in nature less conventionally) and the spiritual application of the breath of life which be the image of God that gives us sentience. That says to us our souls and our conceptions of the material realm are applied in a comparable recognition of the perfect but which we can not be directly seen but are only known to exist and that our bodies as they reside currently are but a temporary host to our being which be the soul. What will come to be is a refurbishing (not a replacement) of our bodies in a renewed and revived Earth (not a replaced one) where for those saved by full faith in Christ the lacking aspects of our being which be confusion, misery, and hatred will be burned away and replaced with a perfect knowledge, joy, and most importantly love. Hosting of the material realm to that which goes beyond the material realm is much akin to an admission of a place beyond it. Now to a degree this resides against Colossians 2:8 where many could be taken by empty philosophy of the tradition of men, however to take it as an interesting conception and not a definite position especially when some sides reside on a boundary to the Truth, there is nothing prohibiting contemplation if they do not steal our presence "according to Christ".

  • I think Michael arrived at a very esoteric/Buddhist conclusion at the end. Eckhart Tolle says "Life is the dancer and you are the dance".