The Past We Can Never Return To – The Anthropocene Reviewed


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The Past We Can Never Return To – The Anthropocene Reviewed



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In September of 1940, an 18-year-old mechanic named Marcel Ravidat was walking his dog, Robot, in the countryside of Southwestern France when the dog disappeared down a hole. Robot eventually returned but the next day, Ravidat went to the spot with three friends to explore the hole.

And after quite a bit of digging, they discovered a cave with walls covered with paintings, including over 900 paintings of animals, horses, stags, bison and also species that are now extinct, including a wooly rhinoceros. The paintings were astonishingly detailed and vivid with red, yellow and black paint made from pulverized mineral pigments that were usually blown through a narrow tube, possibly a hollowed bone, onto the walls of the cave. It would eventually be established that these artworks were at least 17,000 years old.

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  1. Ohai everybody! Something different today, make sure to watch it to the end!
    John Green is reading one of his reviews of our modern world, from his Podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed, which you should check out! https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/anthropocene-reviewed
    I haven't said this often enough publicly, but John and Hank Green, the Vlogbrothers and first generation science Youtubers are the reason Kurzgesagt exists today. In the very literal sense, that when I saw the first episode of Crash Course World History as a student in university I decided to try to do something similar. Doing Kurzgesagt was very hard for the first few years, for a variety of reasons. What made it easier was the kind advice and real world help we got from John and Hank to make this channel work and not burn out. Over the years we became friends – and to me the genuine nature of their work is still inspiring. My team and I try to do the same with Kurzgesagt. To be driven by the values we believe in and not by the outside world.
    So when John asked me if we maybe would illustrate and animate one of his essays, it was an easy yes. This is the result and we hope you like it. Thank you for watching and reading – Philipp

  2. “We are fundamentally evil and selfish, if we did not have the system then we’d turn on each other like a pack of animals”
    I don’t know man, that’s funny as hell to me.

  3. Well that is just called overinterpreting and not thinking straight 4:47 art is optional, it's just about that it's fun. It was some kind of entertainment for them and relief. Maybe they also thought about future people to see it. It's not about art at all, it's just about leaving sign that they were here and they choose art because it looks nice. So these are basically most probable reasons why they did have time for this. Btw I think that people have wrong picture in their heads what art is, definitely people are making it something more than it really is. It's just a tool, what really counts is human, his thoughts and emotions

  4. – Dad, I want to paint animals on the wall, but I don't know how to use this stupid bone-spray thing… how can I learn?
    – Stick your hand on this wall that is already ruined by those useless hand prints and try to spray the pigment on it…
    – Ok

    17000 years later:
    – This art form is so beautiful!! We have to preserve it!!

  5. Imagine in 20 thousand years they will find a cave with 20 thousand year old cave art, and near by a duplicate cave art 17 thousand years older, damaged by mold.
    Will future anthropologists understand it?