The Greater Good - Mind Field S2 (Ep 1)

  • Published on Dec 6, 2017
  • Would you reroute a train to run over one person to prevent it from running over five others? In the classic “Trolley Problem” survey, most people say they would. But I wanted to test what people would actually do in a real-life situation. In the world’s first realistic simulation of this controversial moral dilemma, unsuspecting subjects will be forced to make what they believe is a life-or-death decision.
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  • Saad Bham
    Saad Bham 4 hours ago

    They should’ve done a plot twist and had Michael somehow do the experiment

  • Ahmed Qarabash
    Ahmed Qarabash 9 hours ago

    I think there was not enough subjects on the experiment, but great work .. this study must be in a long term studying ppl growing up then add up everything to analyze the results .. thanks

  • John James
    John James 10 hours ago

    So fake

  • OwO -TF
    OwO -TF 21 hour ago

    *Good Place theme plays *

  • Tracy Eichel
    Tracy Eichel Day ago

    BRAVO 💯💯💯💯

  • PoutineVaccine
    PoutineVaccine Day ago +1

    we miss you Michael.

  • MaxAurelius
    MaxAurelius Day ago

    This was similar to a ted-ed video.

  • Another stupid kid
    Another stupid kid 2 days ago

    Holy god

  • Jordan
    Jordan 2 days ago

    Watching this again, with Elsa and Cory switching the track, and them just kind of watching and looking around in shock, even if they were actors, I think were truly distraught. Cory showed it the most, and I am pretty sure Michael wanted to say that it was all staged and no one was hurt, but Dr. Cason gave him the tell, and Michael immediately let him do his job and change how the conversation was going. As for everyone else who did not throw the switch, I feel like most of them just wanted to make an excuse to not show them in a bad limelight.

  • Antonio NG
    Antonio NG 2 days ago

    Watched just till 4:29.
    I would throw 2 coins, with all my Strenght against the wall.
    Same, pull. Different, don't pull.
    They stay standing on their sides? Well. That's would be ducking luck because theb I wouldn't know what to do.
    Why use coins? If God exists, he makes the decision. Else Fate/luck will help me decide.
    Regardless pulling or no makes me commit a crime and take a life.
    Don't pull, you commit a crime for not doing anything when it was needed.
    Pull the lever, you condemned a person.
    I only can hope I wouldn't bear with a hate or something from the related random ppl, and that such decision doesn't makes me decide between a person who I know and foreigners.

  • doank 99
    doank 99 3 days ago

    22:50 she's hot

  • João Sousa
    João Sousa 3 days ago

    This guy is making history, just like we had with cosmos, Carl Sagan's show, back in time. Can please more stuff like this be passing on the free television?
    Can we actually grow an interested intelligent society instead of consumeristic lazy robots!?

  • deucedeuce22oz
    deucedeuce22oz 3 days ago

    "Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."-Daniel Webster. ("good intentions" and "the greater good" are the fuel of tyrants and dictators. Even hitler used "good intentions".)

  • deucedeuce22oz
    deucedeuce22oz 3 days ago

    How do you now switching the train wouldn't cause the train to crash into another train full of 200 people???????? Trains are on their courses for a reason and switching that train unscheduled would send it on a path that it was Not meant to take. How do you know that 2nd track does't have other trains on it... or that it's not a dead end? You would be making a choice (out of emotion) with unknown and unintended consequences.

  • bi ll
    bi ll 3 days ago

    ok so they cant hear the train because they have airpods

  • Moon Talker
    Moon Talker 3 days ago

    The experiment is a metaphor of itself.

  • T gay
    T gay 3 days ago +1

    And guess what?

    The God that some of you don’t believe is even real making decisions like that in between 7 billion people at all the time, so next time you think why ur not God instead just watch this vid again 👍

  • 3. 14
    3. 14 3 days ago

    This isn't surprising. The other version of the experiment is the same only that you are on the bridge above the rail and you have to push a very fat guy on the rail to stop the train and save 5 people. More people say no because a person is in a way more real. It is only logical conclude that when the person is really real that almost no one pulls the lever even tho, if asked, they'd say they would.

  • JakeB
    JakeB 4 days ago

    To be honest I feel sorry for the test subjects

  • David Colmer
    David Colmer 4 days ago

    Watch these people will now be less likely to act in a real situation where there is an emergency because they'll think it's probably just someone doing another test/experiment.

  • Just Roll With It
    Just Roll With It 4 days ago

    Pls stop this TVclip premium stuff

  • Lukeland 2nd
    Lukeland 2nd 4 days ago


  • xd sssamurai
    xd sssamurai 5 days ago

    Micheal is a evil genus 😈

  • Abel Alvarado
    Abel Alvarado 6 days ago

    is Cory an actor, because I him in a episode of 'Nathan for you' S4 E3 massage parlor

  • TheDirewolf 1234
    TheDirewolf 1234 6 days ago +1

    I love that one guy who just stares with skepticism.

  • Yash Singh
    Yash Singh 7 days ago +1

    Thanks Michael. This video has taught me many things.

  • UcanKushIncorporated

    Cory was mood

  • Ronit Mishra
    Ronit Mishra 7 days ago +1

    My black brother was way too high for this test.

  • mike will
    mike will 8 days ago

    Canada revenue agency

  • AlpRider
    AlpRider 8 days ago

    It would be interesting to see the results with a much larger data set to get a more accurate sense of how many would act... That said, only 2 acting out of 6 does make sense for us humans. It corroborates the theory that more people assume that someone else will deal with a situation vs a smaller number of people willing to act. Biggest flaw in our species, this is why we screw everything up on a macro scale, and don't fix problems that we are completely capable of, like cleaning the environment or eliminating poverty. Individuals are generally good and ethical, but people as a collective are awful. Ever seen how a crowd reacts in public when someone faints? Most people stare and do nothing, and a few jump in and help.

  • Andres Fontan
    Andres Fontan 9 days ago

    I would have hugged Cory once he started crying

  • 최지호
    최지호 9 days ago

    if i were, i would shift lever when half of train go through

  • Logan Smith
    Logan Smith 9 days ago

    I wouldn’t pull it, pull it you kill someone , don’t pull you just didn’t save 5 people.

  • Paul Clemins II
    Paul Clemins II 9 days ago

    The only people that could not switch the tracks are humans. So this experiments only works on neurotypicals. Any neuroascendant would always do the greater good since it's only logical. Only humans are flawed by the emotional thought process do succumb to failing this test

  • SuperDrinkingPepsi
    SuperDrinkingPepsi 9 days ago

    *The Greater Good!*

  • Fathima Faiqah
    Fathima Faiqah 9 days ago

    I felt bad for the Cory for experiencing drama..😂😂

  • Yonan Decouter
    Yonan Decouter 9 days ago

    it's just a prank bro

  • durvesh kadam
    durvesh kadam 9 days ago +1

    Wait a second im now addicted to vsauce and now i know that his videos are 7 years old, and he has no recent video, i wanted to ask who is michael, whats his task, his job, and mainly whats his qualification, he is soo smart, is he a scientist? And who are the other 2 vsauces

  • Juliet Jaime
    Juliet Jaime 9 days ago

    Hey, am I the only one who thinks that the video itself is the actual trolley problem experiment, but in a much subtle way? We are the subjects here! Here 202k likes vs 8.1k dislikes tells us that, even though people watching this video knew about the possible trauma on the participants, they still "pulled" the lever and kept watching the video. For the greater good...

  • Onion Juice
    Onion Juice 10 days ago


  • FreddieO
    FreddieO 10 days ago +1

    I would be too scared to pull the lever due to the train then possibly colliding with an oncoming train and possibly killing more than the original 5

  • teresa chavez
    teresa chavez 10 days ago

    I was stunned at my own reaction to the participants. The first gal-I wept in empathy as soon as I saw her hand shaking at the control knowing a choice must be made. I felt her pain of choice. The last gentleman, I wept as well seeing his internal struggle. The ones that made the choice of taking no action, I had no response. It was more like watching a scary movie knowing it weren't real. But the ones that took action of choice, those were the ones I related to and emotionally reacted with. I felt their pain of a situation in reality. The empathy for their conundrum was real even though I knew the scenario was not.

  • Drawandgameplay 223
    Drawandgameplay 223 10 days ago


  • r0bz0rly
    r0bz0rly 11 days ago

    this was a great watch.

    i felt so bad for corey (cory?), he made a huge fucking ballsy decision but when you have to make such a big decision like that it will weigh on you.
    even after the test finished, he was probably running through the "what if it was real?" scenario in his head, and still may doubt that he made the right decision, even if it was the more logical choice.

    glad they're all doing well afterwards and it's great to know that they took so much care to ensure the participants weren't damaged by it. fascinating video

  • Jānis Pavārs
    Jānis Pavārs 11 days ago


  • Rynur
    Rynur 11 days ago

    In front of the ethics review board: Basically the whole point of this episode
    "Can you prove the benefit this would have to mass transit, self driving cars, etc to possibly traumatize a few select people?"
    Risk a few people for the greater good of humanity

  • FMtechHax
    FMtechHax 11 days ago

    Can someone tell me what point(s) he is trying to make? I am doing a speech on the trolley problem based off this video and i need points to prove. Love this vid, not talking shit

  • El Leidholdi
    El Leidholdi 11 days ago

    I know he isn't, but Cory seems like an actor.

  • Frozen Tears
    Frozen Tears 11 days ago

    I dunno but I was freaking excited when the first subject entered the room

  • The spooky meme ghost
    The spooky meme ghost 12 days ago +1

    Why does Michael answer questions with more questions?

  • Lungam Bangyang
    Lungam Bangyang 13 days ago +2

    24:14 be like.."smhh death is in God's hand i aint doing nothing"

  • spldrong
    spldrong 13 days ago

    Trolly problem is wierd.... But a car swerving around 2 J-walkers to hit 1 person on the sidewalk doing the right thing?.... I would not pull the switch, those 5 workers should know better, the 1 guy on the other rail might/should know he is not on the live track

  • Cypher791
    Cypher791 13 days ago

    Well I would decide based on who the people are... 5 rancid crackheads can certainly die to save a regular human... 👍

  • CG Gaming
    CG Gaming 13 days ago +2

    Why u got such a big calculator

  • MicroPanda
    MicroPanda 14 days ago

    Because of Mind Field i hate YT Red/Originals/Premium, because it's not in Poland :(

  • Noah Vasquez
    Noah Vasquez 15 days ago

    kinda feel like its fake

  • WarblingWoollyWallows 11
    WarblingWoollyWallows 11 15 days ago +1

    Hey this is like real life "Oh God he can't hear us, he has airpods on."

  • comedy 23/7
    comedy 23/7 15 days ago

    To be honest with ya all forks this channel is the only channel that made me like premium youtube.

  • Via Anima
    Via Anima 15 days ago +1

    did you see that by asking the psychologists and university authorities about their opinion on doing this experiment he did a some kind of trolley problem experiment? it wasn’t so serious and dramatic compared to the original one but he basically asked if they were okay with risking a few people’s mental health but getting results that could benefit the science and, therefore, all of society - a few vs all

  • ItzElite - Fortnite
    ItzElite - Fortnite 15 days ago +1


  • Raj Shri Krishnam
    Raj Shri Krishnam 15 days ago

    I saw the train part in brain games....

  • Just Me Here
    Just Me Here 15 days ago

    The scream during the video gave me a rush of adrenaline and I almost cried even though you said it was fake

  • Conal Fawcett
    Conal Fawcett 16 days ago

    15:06 - What a horrible angle to watch TV.

  • Count Spatula
    Count Spatula 16 days ago


  • RobiePAX
    RobiePAX 16 days ago

    I wouldn't touch it during the test because human laws are idiotic. God knows how x1 guy family would sue you for his death.
    My logic is if there's x5 guys not seeing and hearing a freaking train coming on a rail road. Then they deserve getting hit.

  • Shailesh Rana
    Shailesh Rana 16 days ago +1

    Bro this is a very good episode about a very famous and important problem. Thank you for doing this, Michael

  • Yours Truely
    Yours Truely 16 days ago

    It was good sauce was stopped in time by the psychology guy because only he recognized the impact it had on this great guy. Vsauce would have kept on twittering. .

  • Cesar Armando Noguera Torres

    I liked this episode

  • Rob Holding
    Rob Holding 16 days ago +1

    I would probably destroy the train to save those 6 !!!

  • NOUM
    NOUM 17 days ago

    How can you expect a machine to be moral if you as a human being can barely be one?

  • Gabe M
    Gabe M 17 days ago

    Hit the ppl on the road, they shouldn't be jaywalking anyway lol

  • Carlos Malave
    Carlos Malave 17 days ago

    Easy turn switch to the one guy, no no switch back to the 5 guys, no no back them it train derailed failed!

  • 40m p
    40m p 17 days ago


  • rakshann series
    rakshann series 17 days ago

    Shabash Micheal..... Got a solution for real moral dilemma.... The world is lucky to have a person like you

  • Seagull
    Seagull 17 days ago

    I feel like I'd switch the switch and then run out to get help, but I also wouldn't want to touch the equipment so I don't know.

  • Xenozam
    Xenozam 17 days ago

    wtf is up with season 2?

  • nobody's random videos

    Always three kind of judges the one who agree a lot and always smiling the serious one and talks a lot and the serious one that listens to the participant and other judges and doesnt talk.

  • Quert Is Kinda Cool
    Quert Is Kinda Cool 18 days ago +1

    JR is so cool

  • Quert Is Kinda Cool
    Quert Is Kinda Cool 18 days ago +1

    13:16 REAL FAKE

  • Isaac Perantoni
    Isaac Perantoni 18 days ago +1

    Real....REAL FAKE

  • Chad
    Chad 18 days ago

    Hey guys. V sauce micheal here.

  • death meh
    death meh 18 days ago

    I would just freeze

  • Logan Joiner
    Logan Joiner 18 days ago

    If every video from here on out is exclusive to premium, I’m probably just gonna unsubscribe.

  • Baron Thundercunt
    Baron Thundercunt 19 days ago +1

    Surely there is some way to mitigate factors and still get relatively reliable results with test subjects willing to go through mentally challenging things. Maybe its my arrogance, although I think of it more just as pure interest on my part, but I think i'd be okay in a study like this whether it did actually traumatize me or not.

    That's because I don't think its useful to ignore who you really are or what you'd really do. If I do something that makes me doubt myself and feel shitty then I'll improve myself, lessons like that are the MOST valuable.

    I wish there was a way for me to sign up to something like a series of studies over the course of 10 years. One of the studies should not be framed like a study and, instead, fool me into genuinely believing something was occurring in front of me (in the real world).

    What I mean by that is that I accept the terms of "yes I'm happy to be potentially traumatized" and that i'm misled, not explicitly, in the belief that the studies (including the traumatic one) will be carried out in a specific setting. Then, at some point during the 10 year span a study is done in the real world and with the purpose of deceiving me into believing a genuine, traumatic event is occurring.

    It could simply be done in a similar way that pranks are and be effective, have random actors and that type of thing behave a certain way and put me in a situation like that. That is the only REAL way to get these types of results (that I can see) as normally if you tell people they'll be exposed to trauma and ask them to accept risk they already have context of what will happen. They'll be expecting stuff to be faked and not take it seriously the same way.

    I would sign up for that just out of interest because that's the sort of thing I like. I would welcome the chance to be part of something like that.

  • IS Donut
    IS Donut 19 days ago

    Just make the train go where it’s supposed to go
    Edit: it’s a joke

  • IS Donut
    IS Donut 19 days ago

    18:06 lmao why’d he laugh

  • Levi Lum
    Levi Lum 19 days ago

    david levy sounds like a voice over

  • tirtharaj bhattacharya
    tirtharaj bhattacharya 19 days ago +1

    I wish they would have gotten back to that UCLA prof to analyse those results.

  • Fabricio Fercher
    Fabricio Fercher 20 days ago

    Human nature? We will still living in cave is that exist.

  • Debasish Ray Chawdhuri
    Debasish Ray Chawdhuri 20 days ago +3

    What if everyone including the participants are actually actors testing whether Michael would actually go ahead with this kind of a test?

    • In Progress
      In Progress 18 days ago

      Now, that would be interesting. And the last guy (that cried) is an actor. His name is Cory Kirk.

  • Anshul Goyal
    Anshul Goyal 20 days ago

    It was said multiple times that how we believe we'll act vs how we actually act are two different things. It would be good to know and compare the response of these test subjects in both scenarios.

  • Yoo Hooo
    Yoo Hooo 20 days ago

    Outstanding. An example of how experimental psych simulation experiments should be conducted. Wish it showed more subjects than the few here. What was the total cost of the doing this experiment??

  • King Butter
    King Butter 21 day ago

    I’m one of the few who wanna give Cory a hug

  • ShadowBloodKnight
    ShadowBloodKnight 21 day ago

    That episode was deep, the 2 participants that's pulled the lever seemed like heros in my mind. I felt Cory's pain of having made a hard choice...

  • Gangsta Steve
    Gangsta Steve 21 day ago

    you can watch youtube red stuff for free on a site called Rulu.

  • Cristian Juarez
    Cristian Juarez 21 day ago

    Not gonna lie I was excited and smiling while watching this

  • Epicgamer123
    Epicgamer123 21 day ago +1

    i like how ELSA wasnt FROZEN

  • Le Gey
    Le Gey 21 day ago +2

    This is even stressful and emotional to watch, omg.

  • IEJ7to1 *IEJ7654321*
    IEJ7to1 *IEJ7654321* 22 days ago

    Where is his seatbelt?

  • Zane 07
    Zane 07 22 days ago

    As someone with hyper empathy syndrome this was extremely difficult to watch but interesting none the less