"There's such a lot in the world, there's so much distance between the fundamental rules and the final phenomena that it's almost unbelievable that the final variety of phenomena can come from such a steady operation of such simple rules."


That's Richard Feynman, often considered to be one of the greatest scientific minds in history, discussing humans' tendency to perceive the physical world as overly daunting and intimidating. In this remarkable short video, Feynman argues against that pervading notion, insisting that things are not as complicated as they seem, that we can understand the grand picture of existence simply by applying the basic rules of physics to a larger scale. Veins of a leaf work like veins in humans, wave patterns in oceans resemble wave patterns in deserts, subatomic particles move like planets, and so on.

Everything is connected. The world provides us with an abundance of impressive beauty and wonder that is all subject to the same basic principles. We're no different. Human nature, evolution, social structures, whatever. It all comes down to basic principles. As Feynman states, "It's not complicated, it's just a lot of it." Fantastic.

"It has to do with curiosity. It has to do with people wondering 'What makes something do something?', and then to discover that if you try to get answers that they're related to each other. The things that make the wind make the waves, and the motion of water is like the motion of air is like the motion of sand. The fact that things have common features turns out more and more universal. What we're looking for is how everything works and what makes everything work."

Here's a playlist for letting curiosity whisk you away, for getting lost in thought and contemplating the universe and all its pieces.