Do Chairs Exist?

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Metametaphysics (Eds. Chalmers, 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)


Thinking about Things (Jubien):
There are no Ordinary Things (Unger):
Against Parthood (Sider):
A Sweater Unraveled (Sidelle):
On What There Is (Quine):
Two Dogmas of Empiricism (Quine):
Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology (Carnap):
Many-One Identity (Baxter):
Oneness, Aspects, and the Neo-Confucians (Baxter):
Why the debate about composition is factually empty (Balaguer):


SONGS (in order of use):

What's Out There (Christopher Baron)
Sleeping Dragon (Rob Kelly | Duncan Pittock)
For Whom The Bell Tolls (Oliver Ledbury)
Political Manoeuvres (Christopher Baron)
Desolate Dream (Sarah Ozelle)
Moon Men (Jake Chudnow)
Hope Is Alive Toolkit (Erick DeVore)
Lazy Daze (Barrie Gledden)
Why So Blue (Chris Norton | Frank Mizen)
Revitalize 2 (Barrie Gledden | Steve Dymond)
Smooth Rhodes (Geoffrey Keezer)
Mississippi Mirage (Jeremy Sherman)
Broadway Dawn (Paul Michael Harris | Simon)
Orbits (Giovanni Antonio Parricelli)
Keep Your Chin Up (David Kelly | Paul Michael Harris)
Forgotten Tears (David O'Brien)
Tiny Suspect (Sue Verran)
Strictly Mambo (Christopher Ashmore)
Funky Rhodes (Geoffrey Keezer)
Sly Spy (Dvorkin | Duncan Pittock)
Car Full of Spiders (Chris Blackwell)
Houston Keys (Geoffrey Keezer)
I Can See the Sea (Neil Williams | Gerard)
Skinny Dipper 3 (Bob Bradley | Matt Sanchez | Steve Dymond | Josh Weller)
Martinique (Ray Davies)
G And T Sunset (Mark Allaway | Jeff Lardner)
Tribeca (Tim Garland | Joseph Locke | Geoffrey Keezer)
Doug's Demise (Bryce Jacobs)
Peaceful Beginnings (Bob Bradley | Thomas Balmforth | Chris Egan)
BEYOND (Alter Natural | VIUS):
Bell Theory (Oriol Sirinathsingh)
Swamp Dude (Bruce Bouton | Neil Williams)


  1. 2000diamondman
    преди 14 минути

    Michael... just call it a STACK OF BOOKS

  2. Shafiq Ahmad
    Shafiq Ahmad
    преди 14 минути

    What a joy watching simples explaining about simples while sitting on simples.

    преди 16 минути

    colour of Uranus.....xD xD xD xD

  4. Nicholas Binns
    Nicholas Binns
    преди 16 минути

    Don't know why I'm watching this, but here I am

  5. AdamasDragon
    преди 18 минути

    Peter van Inwagen... Inwagen=Incar? Hmmmmmmm...

  6. Verdadero
    преди 23 минути

    I feel like Michael is starting to slowly lose his grip on reality. Just take it easy there champ, maybe sit the next couple plays out

  7. informitas 0
    informitas 0
    преди 26 минути

    If I ask "can you bring the chair over there?" and you say "There are no chairs." I will slap you.

  8. Piemasteratron
    преди 28 минути

    I can't watch more philosophical bollocks about chairs I'm sorry. Like the points are interesting, but only up to a point then I just don't care about chairs any more

  9. Robin Hood
    Robin Hood
    преди 36 минути

    *_*Chairs*_* : Am I a joke to you?

  10. JayooinKname
    преди 37 минути

    I think my mind blew up !

  11. Hors3Atm
    преди 38 минути

    "Big blue cheeseburger sounds fine" Michael, I'm questioning your diet, are you alright??

  12. CharlRee
    преди 39 минути

    Don’t you just hate it when you go to sit on a chair but then it turns out its not a chair, but actually a bunch of fundamental particles arranged like a chair?

  13. Shawn Peters
    Shawn Peters
    преди 42 минути

    Watching Michael: I am now smarter but also feel dumb and neither.

  14. Tom Kendrick
    Tom Kendrick
    преди 43 минути

    so the simples are chair-ing chair-wise? yeah; great, I won't be sleeping for a while.

  15. favourites106
    преди 44 минути

    Ah … semantics 😅

  16. alex warrington
    alex warrington
    преди 45 минути

    ive missed this

  17. 2nd3rd1st
    преди 46 минути

    Ew, is this now a Christian channel? He's talking about god unironically.

  18. Deadboy
    преди 46 минути

    This video gave me a massive existential crisis...or did it?

  19. Abraham Negash
    Abraham Negash
    преди 53 минути

    Vsauce: Do chairs exist? Me: Better watch this on my bed.

  20. JESSE aka Yessik MAZZOLA
    JESSE aka Yessik MAZZOLA
    преди 59 минути

    Could chairs/ordinaryobjects just be products of emergence? I really like the whole idea of there being no things, just identifications imposed on symbols. Thanks for the thoughts

  21. Will Owen
    Will Owen
    преди час

    The problem is in the definition of 'object' when really you are talking about a 'pattern'

    1. Will Owen
      Will Owen
      преди 59 минути

      Ah, you got there....

  22. Sohaib Dad
    Sohaib Dad
    преди час

    worst episode yet

  23. Duyu Joel_69
    Duyu Joel_69
    преди час

    I liked the old vsauce music more!!!

  24. JAR Gantuan
    JAR Gantuan
    преди час

    Had Alan Watts pop to mind a lot during this video, so felt like a beautiful conclusion when he was directly referenced.

  25. DarkraD
    преди час

    Anyone else had to think of Shadesmar?

  26. Ali M Maqsa
    Ali M Maqsa
    преди час

    😒: Do you exist? 😋: yeah do want to taste me?!

  27. Red
    преди час

    I'm doing research in semantics - these are great explanations of mereological concepts! Thank you!

  28. Zephadus Joltspark
    Zephadus Joltspark
    преди час

    "Man describes new and exciting ways to experience existential dread and identity crises for over 30 minutes"

  29. Ibakon Ferba
    Ibakon Ferba
    преди час

    This very much feels like an old school VSauce episode, I love it!

  30. Simply Foxez
    Simply Foxez
    преди час

    No one: Absolutely nothing: V sauce: are chairs real?

  31. Vibefrog
    преди час

    this is the result of questioning everything. know your limits.

  32. wirechair
    преди час

    Correct! All there is, are these “simples” as you refer to them. All these things are just some base unit of matter in various configurations whose usefulness or relevance is relative to how we can navigate our spatial reality with said matter over time. This is one of the many reasons I believe in God- because for an intellectual to have realized any of this in the first place, that intellect/ consciousness must be moored from outside the simples from which it has perspective.

  33. Gman 93
    Gman 93
    преди час

    The sun did WHAT?!

  34. Pepperkill Development
    Pepperkill Development
    преди час

    I missed Vsause Michael .

  35. James Brooks
    James Brooks
    преди час

    this man really burst out of no where to ask me if things exist

  36. Krishna Chaitanya
    Krishna Chaitanya
    преди час

    this dude is 100% a legend

    преди час

    That sponsored spot truly was, hands down, the best I’ve ever seen on BGglobal. Actual true integration into a video - amazing.

  38. Josh Skipka
    Josh Skipka
    преди час

    I use to watch you untill i seen a video like this that said something wasn't real because of some dumbass mathmatic formula its clearly real or you wouldn't be sitting on a fucking chair you'd be on the ground ,dont go over complicating stuff out of existence. Either everything is real or everything is a simulation take your pick

    1. Timdeuces
      преди час

      the video fuckin wooshed you

  39. Danial Shamshuddin
    Danial Shamshuddin
    преди 2 часа


  40. John Williams
    John Williams
    преди 2 часа

    This content is why I like Michael. He doesn't give a darn for "the algorithm." He presents what he want to because he want to. That makes him very different all along.

  41. Mathias Eilenberg
    Mathias Eilenberg
    преди 2 часа

    I stopped watching bc my brain hurt

  42. Panosroz Gaming
    Panosroz Gaming
    преди 2 часа

    Vsauce is just shower thoughts, thought out. Outer-shower thoughts. I'm beginning to speak like you. Help.

  43. Jimmy
    преди 2 часа

    Yes, I have several.

  44. Jay Kay
    Jay Kay
    преди 2 часа

    Do not try and bend the chair, it's impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth. There is no chair.

  45. John O.
    John O.
    преди 2 часа

    im just a bunch of atoms humaning. i dont exist, the stuff i am exists and acts as me. i am my own parasite. but first i have to talk about parallel universes.

  46. sit on me please
    sit on me please
    преди 2 часа

    Hey everyone, I just wanted to say hi and have Michael tell about my existence.

  47. Just little me -
    Just little me -
    преди 2 часа

    Love how this video came to the same conclusion as one does in non-dualistic meditation but from a COMPLETELY different angle.

  48. Kyle Spencer
    Kyle Spencer
    преди 2 часа

    that guy that believes people exist. he might be on to something

  49. InPogg
    преди 2 часа

    When the seat is sussy 📮😳

  50. Marc Thompson
    Marc Thompson
    преди 2 часа

    Let me summarize this video: Micheal explains why we have the term "being" without ever saying the word. If the word "Being" ever gets called into question, show them this video.

  51. Vitality Is My Name
    Vitality Is My Name
    преди 2 часа

    I’m sitting on a chair while watching this…

  52. InPogg
    преди 2 часа

    I mean… I feel like chairs exist…

  53. Chris and Melissa Dabb
    Chris and Melissa Dabb
    преди 2 часа

    I have seen more of the Moon more of Planet Earth

  54. Desolator
    преди 2 часа

    24:34 Answer

  55. saleh alazeezi
    saleh alazeezi
    преди 2 часа

    Yes they do

  56. KingSlay
    преди 2 часа

    now imagine him trying to explain that your waifu doesn't exist

  57. David Guerizec
    David Guerizec
    преди 2 часа

    I just passed through my chair watching this.

  58. RagnarokGRV
    преди 2 часа

    I don't know why, but I feel like Michael will unbox a smartphone and review it.

  59. Johnny Noscope
    Johnny Noscope
    преди 2 часа

    It's a chair if I can sit on it. Case closed.

  60. Iceologer
    преди 2 часа

    So, i sorted vsauce's uploads by oldest. and i regret it.......

  61. Alexander
    преди 2 часа

    What a waste of time thinking about this

  62. Adil Haider
    Adil Haider
    преди 2 часа

    Now my mind has explode and you have bored me to sleep

  63. Persona
    преди 3 часа

    Next, Do we exist?

  64. Chris Z
    Chris Z
    преди 3 часа

    Very absorbing subject. Can we here some of your thoughts about tables now?

    преди 3 часа

    Micheal is being a sussy baka at 1:15.

  66. Colors And Promises
    Colors And Promises
    преди 3 часа

    what kind of chair is that anyway ? I mean that chair is not robust at all. that chair will immediately flatten sideways if I try to sit on it.

  67. aoitennyo
    преди 3 часа

    *Linguists have entered the chat* . In all seriousness, I’m not a linguist, but a lot of this is actually describing features/issues in the English language. Some languages don’t have adjectives (“the thing blues” vs “the blue thing”), some don’t have objects but rather states of being. Besides its ties with the severe decay of cultures associated with it, this is one reason why language death is so tragic. Entire worlds are lost when a language is forgotten.

  68. Obby
    преди 3 часа

    When I'm asked about this stuff (ha), I tell people simply: "We make the universe." 👁 We make not live in a junky universe, but perhaps in a "munky" 🐒 universe. One interpreted from our perceptions, being the apes of separating stuff into things. It's useful, but is it accurate? One point I liked in this video: The journey to seek descriptions would have to include the fact that our languages include implied meaning. We often use (even in the sciences) descriptions in which "you know what I mean". It's useful, but is it accurate? A good point towards the end of this video is that of temporality. ⌚ We tend to categorize based on snapshots, as if motion didn't exist. It's useful, but is it accurate? Its cool to see all of the ontological theories start to blend, even in this video! 🔪 And another point that is worth responding to is that of nihilism and antirealism. Much like the idea of "meaning", we do seem to live in a universe devoid of meaning and objective descriptions. BUT, meaning and descriptions are still realities to us. "We are provide the light in the darkness". So to the absolutists either way, or to those in fear of nihilistic realities: It's okay, we can navigate this how we want. 😎

  69. Jack Anderson
    Jack Anderson
    преди 3 часа

    sussy baka

  70. AquaDrehz
    преди 3 часа

    That's why I love Ruby language

  71. Snuffleboom
    преди 3 часа

    chairs, like everything else, are ideas. the "you" that exists independantly of its simples is an idea. A composer writes music, a symphony performs it. the symphony is made of the simples performing the peice, just like your simples are performing the you. and what is there, tangible, is form and function. ideas. pure simulation.

  72. Damian King
    Damian King
    преди 3 часа

    Wanna start a chair-ing cult?

  73. Jayson Beaton
    Jayson Beaton
    преди 3 часа

    fine i'll watch the chair video jesus christ

  74. Iridescent Noise
    Iridescent Noise
    преди 3 часа

    Humans are just conscious pieces of meat that give arbitrary meanings to intrinsically meaningless 'things."(concepts)

  75. MrGollum1996
    преди 4 часа

    Ppl gonna sleep through philosophy class but watch a video about the same topic after school… lmao especially now after its online school anyway

  76. Min vs Max
    Min vs Max
    преди 4 часа most advance physics knowledge

  77. Harley Gerken
    Harley Gerken
    преди 4 часа

    The summation of all of this thought have me warm fuzzy goosebumps. Bravo.

  78. LEO Mar
    LEO Mar
    преди 4 часа

    why is there Japanese alphabets instead of 1 and 0 at 1:31 ?

  79. Ja Sch
    Ja Sch
    преди 4 часа

    5:15 I thought I was the only one carrying a slice of cheese under my shirt at all times

  80. GEN.SkeleSkin 1
    GEN.SkeleSkin 1
    преди 4 часа

    Micheal gives off more and more scp vibes with each video

  81. Boogey1991
    преди 4 часа

    we are disturbances in stuff nice sentence:)

  82. Reply to what I wrote, not to what you assumed
    Reply to what I wrote, not to what you assumed
    преди 4 часа

    What is a chair for a 100lb woman may not be a chair at all, but rather a cruel trick, for a 600lb man.

  83. Stefano Butelli
    Stefano Butelli
    преди 4 часа

    Hey VSauce! If I understood correctly: Simples exist, and they are arranged thing-ing, so we often think also "things" exist. In some physics that doesn't seem full exact. Light seems made up of photons which can behave both as particles and as waves: it depends on what they are interacting with. Relational interpretation of quantum mechanics suggests that ontologically nothing exists on its own, there aren't any a priori proprieties nor objects (simples). Only relations or interactions exist. As the chair and as ourselves, Simples (particles) aren't things, they are processes. It's like the bricks of nature don't exist, but the way they are arranged and interact does. I suggest you to read Carlo Rovelli's Helgoland, in which this nice professor with a solid background in quantum gravity (actually Loop Quantum Gravity) exposes this interesting ontological interpretation of quantum mechanics. After all, we are all materialists, so why not ask science about how the world is, or could be? PS: Thanks MIcheal for your work.

  84. Splitty Dev
    Splitty Dev
    преди 4 часа

    Composition, Properties and Floppy? This is simultaneously a programming tutorial

  85. Answering Machine
    Answering Machine
    преди 4 часа

    are those stuff in the video that is human-wise Michael Stevens or Simon Whistler?

  86. First name Last name
    First name Last name
    преди 4 часа

    18:00 thats easy, 2s company 3s a crowd

  87. Yt Freemium2
    Yt Freemium2
    преди 4 часа

    I dont know if i will laugh or i will listen more

  88. Ἀλήθεια
    преди 4 часа

    This one was really good, I'm waiting for more..

    1. Ἀλήθεια
      преди 4 часа

      Take your time, I like very very well-researched stuff only

  89. Connor Adams
    Connor Adams
    преди 4 часа

    That was sick

  90. VaL
    преди 5 часа

    V sus?!

  91. Lead Gin Dairy
    Lead Gin Dairy
    преди 5 часа

    Sorites sequence is exactly what gun control is to the 2nd amendment.

  92. Ἀλήθεια
    преди 5 часа


  93. Leon Stuij
    Leon Stuij
    преди 5 часа


  94. Rushikesh Wagh
    Rushikesh Wagh
    преди 5 часа

    I prefer 4 sec ticktockers... Just kidding😜

  95. arson1te
    преди 5 часа

    "Does Vsauce Exist?"

  96. Mλ†ίN
    преди 5 часа

    deez books

  97. Will
    преди 5 часа

    Sounds like the "special composition question" could relate to quantum computing.

  98. Mystery blankdspace
    Mystery blankdspace
    преди 5 часа

    These things are defined by their use...

  99. Boris
    преди 5 часа

    *No they don't*

  100. Yash Walia
    Yash Walia
    преди 5 часа

    Man just pulling out cheese under the T-shirt and licking chairs. He is definition of cringe.