Can You Trust Kurzgesagt Videos?

by birtanpublished on August 23, 2020

can you trust Cortazar videos to answer this question will first explain how we research them and then talk a bit about past videos and what we want to achieve with the channel making a cortázar video always begins with a question or an

Issue for example after our meet video many viewers asked about the health effects of meat on humans we had no idea that were pretty curious too so we just decided to work on it the first step is research we start by looking for books

And scientific papers to get an overview and just read a lot the plan is to find a story worth telling is there something surprising to learn is there a larger context or a new perspective or will it be an overview or

Introduction once we have the first readable version we reach out to experts or scientists and ask them to fact check and correct us often enough they find a flaw or point us in the direction of contradictory research at this point

Many scripts die if our idea does hold up we continue working on it this process can take weeks or months our lonliness script for example took over a year and a half to finish the hardest part is being brief while not

Simplifying too much it's much easier to write a long script than a short one when we're finally done we do another round of research and show the strip to experts again ideally different ones than the ones we talked to at the

Beginning of the process when we express an opinion we mark it as such that's not saying that we don't draw conclusions from the research homeopathy does not work and meat is really bad for the planet climate change is real but

Organic food is not a good way of solving it if the facts clearly support a conclusion it's OK to present it as such of course we can't always make everybody happy people who know a lot about a topic

Sometimes get annoyed if we don't mention an aspect they think is crucial or when we omit technical terms this is more or less unsolvable because of the nature of our videos scripts have around 1300 words so there's always some degree

Of simplification you will always find a list of our research and sources and further reading material in the video description just citing sources doesn't make your work accurate or your research good though so we encourage you to use

Our sources document as a starting point to look at the topic yourself and learn more but it would be dishonest to say that we've always worked this way some order videos don't live up to the standards we set ourselves today the two

That annoy us the most are the refugee and addiction videos in both of them we didn't try to present a balanced perspective but instead chose a take and ran with it the refugee video was made with a deep feeling of an angry

Frustration about the world at the high point of the 2015 refugee crisis while we argued over quotas dead children washed ashore on our coastlines the script was written on one Sunday afternoon and illustrated and animated

Within a week it was exhausting stressful and frustrating we still believed it was the right thing for European countries to help but it was absolutely unnecessary to be toxic about it we insulted people and brushed away

Their concerns about real and profound challenges the video was divisive and emotional at a time when the debate needed a calm and clear overview the addiction video was based on only one source that has amassed a lot of

Criticism over the years and unfortunately we did not reach out to scientists or do extra research on the papers that were the basis for the videos thesis that addiction is purely psychological and based on the life

Circumstances of the individual this stance is still held by a number of addiction professionals and we're not saying it's wrong but a lot of others disagree and it's not correct to present it as the truth the diction is far from

Solved and our videos should have reflected that instead of taking one site we simplified an idea so much that it made a great story but became distorting both videos were made over the span of

Two months and they're two of our most successful videos to date we had found a formula that really worked but we never made anything like them again and have been discussing how to deal with them for a long time it doesn't help that

Both videos are loved by many people we want to be proud of our work and these two videos don't make us proud so today we deleted them it won't purge them from the Internet but that's not the goal anyway feel free to upload them

Elsewhere we're working on a new addiction video that we'll take a look at the chemical and psychological causes we'll take our sweet time with it so please have patience the refugee video is not up to date anymore so we will not

Renew it we're also going through our older videos to add sources further reading and comments in the next few months nowadays rather than trusting in mainstream institutions we often look at creators on the internet for reliable

Information we rely on the fact that they're careful and rigorous and not led by monetary incentives and we expect them to acknowledge mistakes in public and work to minimize them so this is what we're going to do Trust is not a

Thing you are once and then keep forever you have to constantly work for it so can you trust courts cos art you can trust that every video we make is thoroughly researched and approved by different experts you can trust that we

Know that we have biases and we try to overcome them we want to move cuts cos out further towards the trustworthy end of the spectrum the world is too complex for simple answers and we don't want to be the ones giving them making these

Videos over the last six years has been quite a ride and we're very grateful for it we hope you'll be with us for the next few years too and join us on our journey to figure out what this universe and life stuff is all about thank you

For watching you

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