The Origin of Consciousness – How Unaware Things Became Aware

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


Haphazardly means in a random or uncontrolled manner. The way that the furniture was arranged was haphazardly, and it was not very organized.

  • The way that the furniture was haphazardly arranged was very unprofessional.
  • The way that the painting was done was very haphazard, and it looked terrible.

When someone is sated, they are completely satisfied. They have had enough food or drink, and they don't want any more.

  • The party was so good that she was sated for the night.
  • The movie was so boring that she was sated after the first half.

A chemoreceptor is a receptor in the nose that detects smells. It is responsible for detecting smells in the environment and sending signals to the brain.

  • The chemoreceptor is responsible for detecting the smell of smoke.
  • The chemoreceptor is also responsible for detecting the smell of food.

To visualise is to picture something in your mind. You can visualise yourself doing whatever it is that you want to do.

  • He visualized himself winning the race.
  • She visualized herself getting the promotion that she wanted.

Permanent means that something will continue to exist for a long time. The flowers in the garden are permanent, because they will be there long after the people who planted them are gone.

  • The company is trying to make the product more permanent by using a stronger material.
  • The treaty is supposed to be permanent, but it's not sure if it will be able to last.

To outsmart someone is to beat them at their own game. You can outsmart someone by using their own rules against them, or by using your own skills to advantage.

  • The CEO outsmarted the competition by creating a new product that was better.
  • He outsmarted her by getting out of the car before she could catch up to him.

To empathise is to feel the same emotions as someone else. Empaths are usually very good at understanding other people's feelings and motivations.

  • She empathised with the victim, and she was very upset by the tragedy.
  • He empathised with the attacker, and he was very angry at the victim.

To obsess is to think about something obsessively. You might obsess about your work, or you might obsess about your partner.

  • She obsesses over her work, and she's never done anything else in her life.
  • He obsesses over his weight, and he's never been able to stick to a diet.