Shots of awe … inspired by our exotic, ecstatic, exponential world.

November 24, 2016

Want to be inspired?

Visually, dramatically … immersed in an “incredible orgasm of future symbiosis” … which captures the speed, excitement and potential of our changing world? Then watch Jason Silva.

Jason is the host of National Geographic Channel’s Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, broadcast in over 100 countries. Venezuela-born, from 2005 to 2011 he was a presenter on Current TV, the independent cable network created by Al Gore. He left the network to become “a part-time filmmaker and full-time walking, talking TEDTalk.”

“A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age” was how The Atlantic described television personality, filmmaker and philosopher Silva, who has also been described as “part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from ‘The Matrix.”

“Just as the biosphere stands above the world of nonliving matter, so an ‘abstract kingdom’ rises above the biosphere. The denizens of this kingdom? Ideas”

“To entertain such ontologies is to re-contextualize one’s self as a marvelous conduit in a timeless whole, through which molecules and meaning flow, from nebulae to neurons and back again.” says Tim Doody

Silva is a self-professed wonderjunkie, the creator of the web series “Shots of Awe”, micro-documentaries exploring creativity, innovation, the co-evolution of human and technology, futurism, metaphysics, existentialism and the human condition.

The videos, which  “play like movie trailers for ideas,” according to The Atlantic, have spread like wildfire across the internet and have been viewed more than 9 million times.

The Imaginary Foundation described him “like some kind of Ontological DJ, he recompiles the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which elevates understanding from the dry and prosaic, to a sensual cognitive romance.”

“A great artist is but a conduit for an expression that resonates with something that is greater than him or herself.”

“We might say that both the artist and theneurotic bite off more than they can chew, but the artist spews it back out again and chews it over in an objectified way, as an ex­ternal, active, work project” said Ernest Becker.

Others have described Silva as “a modern performance philosopher, a Digital DJ, a re-vitalizer and remixer of optimism, and above all, a curator: of ideas, of inspiration, and of awe… like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away.”

Of course, he’s not to everybody’s taste. But he is certainly provocative, entertaining and inspiring.

“The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.”  Alain de Botton

“Immersion is the experience of losing oneself in a fictional world. It’s what happens when people are not merely informed or entertained but actually slip into a manufactured reality.”  Frank Rose

“A single thread of self generation ties the cosmos, the bios, and the technos together into one creation. Humans are not the culmination of this trajectory but an intermediary, smack in the middle between the born and the made… The arc of complexity and open-ended creation in the last four billion years is nothing compared to what lies ahead.”
Kevin Kelly

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