Do Chairs Exist?

  • Published on: 14 September 2021
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  • Runtime : 37:54

COMMENTS: 40

  • Windowscratcher
    Windowscratcher   20 seconds ago

    Would the concept described in this video, specifically in the sentence "The universe doesn't contain people, the universe peoples." at 36:18 be more accurately described as "The universe doesn't contain people, the universe contains things people-ing." ?

  • Lee Woodworth
    Lee Woodworth   58 seconds ago

    Can we get a cross over with Abigail from Philosophytube?

  • Ais_G
    Ais_G   1 minuts ago

    but the real question is: Do birds exist?

  • Justin LaForge
    Justin LaForge   1 minuts ago

    15:48 Can't wait to see this clip in every Vsauce parody compilation

  • kanez
    kanez   2 minuts ago

    I Love You!It's so much fun!Best content on Youtube!

  • Alexandra Delliou
    Alexandra Delliou   3 minuts ago

    This "I am death, I am the scattering" feels a lot like "I am the one who knocks"

  • Krishang Goyal
    Krishang Goyal   4 minuts ago

    holy shit, if Vsauce ever did Theory of Knowledge in IB, he would have gotten an A+ where the highest grade is A

  • Gpaderx
    Gpaderx   4 minuts ago

    I like how "Do chairs exist?" became those crazy questions in school like: "Is Water Wet?", "Is Glass without water considered empty?", "Define truth." The thing is, that's why we have common and proper nouns. A 'chair' is a common noun. A certain object is called 'chair' because of what's purpose of it, and it's where people sit. they can make a table-wise object, but when people sit on it, it's considered a 'chair'. Then here's "Ship of Theseus" which was a proper noun obviously, and it's common noun was 'ship'. That original ship with the original parts on it was named "Ship of Theseus" right? then like the video said, it's neither of those two ships are "Ship of Theseus" because it wasn't the original parts that are assembled.. but what are they? they're still ships. that could be applicable to "Michael chair". If there's even 3 parts were missing, let's say 3 atoms, then for me it's not a "Michael chair" for example, but it's still a 'chair' because you could still sit on it. Lol, what am I writing?? but my mind keeps telling me I should comment this, but whatever.. lols

  • ANCHIT DESHPANDE
    ANCHIT DESHPANDE   4 minuts ago

    "The more we try to sus our where they are, the more Sus they become"Michael 2021

  • Stranger Happened
    Stranger Happened   5 minuts ago

    SORTALS? Those are just countable objects. Philosophers continue to invent words unnecessarily.

  • SCP-5212
    SCP-5212   6 minuts ago

    *Looks down at the chair I'm sitting in**It starts to disappear*"Oh no"

  • Moderately Cool Person
    Moderately Cool Person   7 minuts ago

    "Do chairs exist?"Me who received the notification while sitting on a chair: ....

  • QAdRI
    QAdRI   8 minuts ago

    getoutofmyheadgetoutofmyhead

  • Lunar
    Lunar   8 minuts ago

    I sometimes worry that I'm wasting my life... but at least I don't spend my days scratching my head about pointless things unlike philosophers.

  • Josiah King
    Josiah King   8 minuts ago

    I be waiting vigorously for new videos from this guy

  • Yuuta Adachi
    Yuuta Adachi   9 minuts ago

    Why'd it had to end with an existential crisis tho TT

  • Abhay Phanse
    Abhay Phanse   10 minuts ago

    i just learnt how to overthink scientifically.

  • Nikolas Sehman
    Nikolas Sehman   10 minuts ago

    I think You forgot a pretty big point: the essentialist argument. Sure the simples exist and have always existed, but the chair only begins to exist when we think about sitting on the simples. “Can be sat on” is the prerequisite essential property of a chair, and anything that can have that property is a chair. This means as long as we have butts the need sitting, chairs will exist.

  • Martin Verrisin
    Martin Verrisin   11 minuts ago

    chair is just an abstraction to simplify reasoning about reality, just like a struct is an abstraction over bits in memory, which are an abstraction over physical phenomena in RAM.

  • YNNEK B
    YNNEK B   13 minuts ago

    I came here for answers but left only with more questions. 😅

  • SnadTheSand
    SnadTheSand   13 minuts ago

    Hey by that last definition u can define each object or identity of the simples executing the object, for example a chair is a certain order of simples made by an action of other simples that is used to relax the physical tention of the host by an objective action called sittingIf something isn't made by the simple's action or isn't used to relax these physical properties then it can no longer be called a chairAlso it will continue being a chair if a part of it was removed but it still serves its given purpose

  • Daniel Reed
    Daniel Reed   15 minuts ago

    I have yet to prove my own existence to myself, everything else is currently superfluous, I am sitting on this video for a later date.

  • Endri Tema
    Endri Tema   15 minuts ago

    Man all i asked is if i could borrow your chair I’m Sorry

  • EA101
    EA101   16 minuts ago

    It can't just be me who's noticing how uncomfortable his sitting position is

  • CobrasDie18
    CobrasDie18   16 minuts ago

    This is an advertisement for Floor Gang

  • Darren Young
    Darren Young   16 minuts ago

    This video is as contrived as they get, bring back the good old days of Michael, Kevin and Jake before vsauce dissapeared up its own arse!

  • Korsikai
    Korsikai   16 minuts ago

    Ngl looks like the most uncomfy chair to sit on

  • JonyPlayz
    JonyPlayz   16 minuts ago

    Ok do, do humans exist now ?