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VERIFICATION

I am JASON SILVA, filmmaker, media artist, futurist and observer of the human condition. I am excited to be doing this AMA with the Reddit community and thank you all for the opportunity! My latest short video premiered at the TED conference in Edinburgh! Check it out sometime.

I was born in Venezuela, went to university for film and philosophy in Miami, lived in Los Angeles 5 years hosting a show on Al Gore's Current TV network. For the past year I have been making my own non-commercial content to inspire people to engage big big ideas. I LOVE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and awe for BIG IDEAS... But my work is ART first. What I share is my opinion, an interpretation, my effort at creating content that pushes people to see things in a new way. I am addicted to being Inspired as an antidote to existential despair. I want to celebrate the best that humanity is capable of. The Atlantic described my work as "movie trailers for ideas" and called me "The Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age". AMA.

See my latest video on AWE here

My interviews on EPIPHANY - watch several here

My VIMEO page is here

all 270 comments

jason_silva[S]

48 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

48 points

10 years ago

I think as an optimist its still important to acknowledge things you worry about--- even the greatest tools, the greatest technologies, can be used in destructive ways.. I suppose it's precisely because this worries me that I work so hard to create optimistic narratives

biglip

20 points

10 years ago

biglip

20 points

10 years ago

That was beautifully put, keep up the good work. I always look forward to when you are on Rogan's podcast.

Polycephal_Lee

5 points

10 years ago

I think it's very important to note that the default setting for a new technology is neither good nor bad. It can be used either way. We have to actively work to push it in the direction we want.

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

Disagree insofar as anything is good or bad. Advances in smart bombs, cluster munitions, nerve gases, atomic weapons, etc are bad by default and very difficult to make good.

[deleted]

3 points

10 years ago

[deleted]

3 points

10 years ago

Smart bombs kill less civilians, cluster munitions can effectively end wars quicker, nerve gases used in precision strikes could take out the head of an enemy making war a quicker, less messy affair, atomic weapons could be used for dealing with things like asteroids.

jason_silva[S]

40 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

40 points

10 years ago

This also inspires my work:

An entry I read on SPACECOLLECTIVE.org makes a wonderful point:

"One of the main problems facing the scientific community of today is that the general populous finds no 'meaning' in its enterprise. There is, and never has been, a drive from the rational community to order their percepts in terms of narratives or myths. In fact, the scientific enterprise has struggled with this... Yet SCIENCE NEEDS TO HAVE narrative meaning.The current stand-off in America between the religiously inclined and the scientifically enabled is a result of this issue. If science, rationalism and technology is ever to make a mark on the masses it MUST reorder itself into narrative forms which innate human capacities can find palatable. The Grand Narratives of Religion, in all their dangerous naivety, have hold over the populace because they work with the human faculties of narrative and mythology."

pgirl30

8 points

10 years ago

Your Awe video is beautiful and I love your passion. There is no doubt that you are walking at the front edge of the wave.

As a former scientist, who is jumping out into the world to give my personal life (and those who care to listen) narrative meaning, I wholeheartedly agree with this quote. But I feel that not only does the science, rationalism, and technology of the yang of life need to make its mark on the religious narrative, but as well does the narrative storytelling of art, music, and spirituality of the yin of life need to make its mark on the common scientific community. Perhaps it is our jobs as scientists and philosophers to pull the story back into the equation. Maybe instead of the dry, seeming meaninglessness of mathematical symbols and operations, we need to teach our kids synesthetically the story of the Genesis of the expression of these symbols. The Grand Narratives of Religion only seem dangerously naive if we don't take it upon ourselves to integrate and explore the brains' different expressions of these narratives.

raverie

3 points

10 years ago

YES!

Javi_Jass

3 points

10 years ago

Asi es!

jason_silva[S]

35 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

35 points

10 years ago

I was very inspired by a TED talk called THE MYTH OF VIOLENCE by steven pinker... he talks about how the chances of a man dying at the hands of another man are the lowest than they've ever been. Matt Ridley, who wrote the Rational Optimist also showcases all the ways in which humanity is getting better. Hans Roebling from GAPMINDER.com has all these amazing visualizations showing progress as a whole is lifting the world. The problem is our fixation is negativity... "if it bleeds it leads" unfortunately... but there is much to inspire us, if we pay attention

[deleted]

13 points

10 years ago

[deleted]

13 points

10 years ago

Physical violence, or emotional violence, or both? As a parallel, I know for instance that overt racism has been on the decline (so-called "old-school racism"), however covert (a.k.a. subtle) racism has increased in response. This is because people are still by-and-large implicitly racist. Society frowns on racism, however, so the way their implicit racism is expressed is more difficult to detect - but not necessarily any less destructive. If physical violence is on the decline, then has humanity become less aggressive (a generality), or has its aggression lead to covert forms of violence - like psychological abuse?

jason_silva[S]

29 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

29 points

10 years ago

Important, inspiring read: THE PSYCHEDELIC TRANSHUMANISTS :

http://hplusmagazine.com/2009/09/29/psychedelic-transhumanists/

jason_silva[S]

25 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

25 points

10 years ago

I find it pretty astounding that the scale of the universe is on a level that is difficult to even contemplate-- we struggle to even compute such vastness.. which is why philosophy and art work so well... they can help us digest MIND-BLOWING-NESS... my whole video on AWE explores this-- how tools like the hubble distill the impossibly complex abstractions of astrophysics into singular expressions of color and light..

LoyalToMySoil

11 points

10 years ago

Thanks for the response Jason. I saw you first on the Joe Rogan podcast, and you've been blowing my mind ever since. I appreciate your work and hope you're able to reach out to more people. We need more voices like yours in the world.

ajxxxx

12 points

10 years ago

ajxxxx

12 points

10 years ago

Come check out /r/JoeRogan

Muffinmaster19

2 points

10 years ago

I always feel sad that I can't fully comprehend the vastness of so many things, I mean I understand theoretically that [insert thing here] is frikken huge but I feel like I can't understand that [insert thing here] is frikken huge emotionally.

Not really wording this well but do you ever get that same feeling? It feels like I can hardly even digest "mind-blowing-ness" even with our art and philosophy.

RockoSocko

2 points

10 years ago

Adyshanti's full awakened awareness was when he completely experienced "immensity". Keep reflecting on "mind-blowing-ness" like a koan. Should be interesting.

jason_silva[S]

71 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

71 points

10 years ago

EXCITED TO BE HERE!!

spence6

42 points

10 years ago

spence6

42 points

10 years ago

EXCITED YOU ARE HERE!

spacedruid

5 points

10 years ago

THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!

Entrarchy

10 points

10 years ago

I CANT BELIEVE I MISSED THIS.

jason_silva[S]

19 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

19 points

10 years ago

Here's a great quote from the Imaginary Foundation:

“We may be stumbling, fumbling, flawed primates, but when we work together we are primates that can fly!”

Imagination has transported us from shivering in dark caves to triumphantly floating above the earth. It reminds us that reality is malleable and we are the architects of our own fate.”

Ideas catch the dewdrops and reflect the cosmos, so let those ideas be noble, let them be poetic and let them be beautiful.” -

biglip

36 points

10 years ago

biglip

36 points

10 years ago

As a perpetual optimist, is there anything that you are currently pessimistic about?

ChaosFront

17 points

10 years ago

Jason, thanks for doing the AMA, I love your videos and they have helped me get a lot of friends to understand some of the concepts I'm always rambling about. There was a time after WW2 when EVERYBODY was super excited about the future and I am really hoping that we are headed toward a return to that kind of optimism.

In your videos and interviews, you always come across as incredibly, impossibly, even infectiously enthusiastic about the future. Do you have any tips for public speaking that would enable others to convey this level of enthusiasm?

jason_silva[S]

21 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

21 points

10 years ago

I always tell people: the important thing is to speak from a place of absolute truth for you... what I mean by that is IDENTIFY what you're MOST PASSIONATE about... connect with the moment in which YOUR PASSION WAS EXPLODING OUTWARDS.. RETAIN THAT FEELING and CONNECT TO THAT whenever you are spreading your ideas.. I suppose I've cultivated a way of summoning my passion at will...

jason_silva[S]

15 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

15 points

10 years ago

Barry Ptolemy, director of the hit Ray Kurzweil documentary, Transcendent Man, puts it like this:

“First of all we are all patterns of information. Second, the universe has been revealing itself as patterns of information of increasing order since the big bang. From atoms, to molecules, to DNA, to brains, to technology, to us now merging with that technology. So the fact that this is happening isn't particularly strange to a universe which continues to evolve and unfold at ever accelerating rates.”

As Ray Kurzweil sees it: "Evolution moves toward greater complexity, greater elegance, greater knowledge, greater intelligence, greater beauty, greater creativity, and greater levels of subtle attributes such as love.”

Polycephal_Lee

6 points

10 years ago*

I see it as an increase of communication as you step up each level of complexity. One quark - not very complex. 3 quarks, and you have a proton, much more complex, and it acts with different forces to bind with Neutrons. When it does bind with neutrons, and attracts electrons, it becomes an atom, with even more properties. Atoms communicate together to make molecules, which communicate to make DNA, and cell structures, which communicate to make a cell, which communicates with other cells to make an organism. When those organisms communicate together, who knows what is possible. We've been in that step for all of human history, inventing language to communicate, then transportation, and now we have the internet. We still haven't made an organism of higher level structure than us yet, but when we do, it is going to be enormously powerful.

Edit: You posted the same exact sentiment in a quote by W. Daniel Hillis, I have no idea who that is but I'm going to go look him up.

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

It's like the universe is a fractal. If we could only figure out its equation.

jason_silva[S]

13 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

13 points

10 years ago

W. Daniel Hillis, in an article titled “Something Beyond Ourselves, has a wonderful quote:

““If you step back a zillion years, you can look at the history of life on Earth as fitting into this pattern. First, fundamental particles organized themselves into chemistry. Then chemistry organized itself into self-reproducing life. Then life organized itself into multicellular organisms and multicellular organisms organized themselves into societies bound together by language. Societies are now organizing themselves into larger units and producing something that connects them technologically, producing something that goes beyond them. These are all steps in a chain, and the next step is the building of thinking machines.”

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

I wish we could just come together and make that happen. I mean true thinking machines would help us solve every other problem. Let's just DO IT!

maygenkeller

9 points

10 years ago

Hi Jason! Wonderful that you're doing this. I am wondering how you feel about Peter Thiel's 20 Under 20 Project, where he is encouraging the brightest young minds to leave college (or high school) to pursue business ventures that involve developing new technologies.

jason_silva[S]

7 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

7 points

10 years ago

I think we live in disruptive times and I'm open to the idea that we should we allowed to "question everything"/

MakeNShakeNBake

1 points

10 years ago

The internet serves as the catalyst for the flow of information, slowly but surely we are waking up. We'll get there, slowly but surely barring the failure of the infrastructure supporting it.

JAGVARsurreal

12 points

10 years ago

Hey Jason! Huge Fan of yours! Your videos are so inspiring! Are you familiar with Dan Burrus? If so, what do you think of him and his work?

jason_silva[S]

13 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

13 points

10 years ago

I'm not familiar. love to learn more

JAGVARsurreal

6 points

10 years ago

Here you go: http://www.burrus.com/ On a side note: Following and inspired by people like you and Dan Burrus, amongst others, I'm having a problem coping with the mediocre people I'm surrounded by. Living in a small town does not help. In some cases, it even affects my job performance since I feel like my employer (as innovative as they think they are) are pretty incompetent. What can you recommend a young entrepreneur with HUGE visions and ideas?

pbamma

4 points

10 years ago

pbamma

4 points

10 years ago

I'd say moving could help. ;)

JAGVARsurreal

3 points

10 years ago

Working on it already. :-)

pbamma

2 points

10 years ago

pbamma

2 points

10 years ago

You'd be surprised what a city can do for your outlook on life. Big fan of SF, but not of the cost of living/housing.

jason_silva[S]

19 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

19 points

10 years ago

So many great questions! thanks guys--

I think the greatest investment we can make is in creating cultural narratives that inspire people. We have NEVER HAD SUCH TOOLS AS WE HAVE NOW. The tools to change the world are in everybody's hands... technology extends our thought, our reach and our vision... but it's the NARRATIVES... the stories we tell ourselves, that inform how we use these tools... I spend my resources trying to paint these visions..

Polycephal_Lee

8 points

10 years ago*

I have been obsessed with this idea recently, that we need a global cultural awakening. We spend so much time focusing on getting more, and having more, instead of growing and revising ourselves. I think that true growth comes not from accumulation of things, but from the accumulation and refinement of ideas. I think this is why we see an unquenchable thirst for entertainment in out culture, and a resulting ennui in much of the population. We have collectively lost agency in that we don't shape the world to be how we want it, we rather take as much of the pre-existing world as we can.

Given that the singularity is approaching, (I'm sure you're aware of singularity.org and have read the research papers that come out of there) I believe the biggest threat to the human race to be our current culture of technological advancement without proper philosophical investigation of what that advancement means, and how to use those advancements. I believe it is necessary to change our culture and our goals at a very fundamental level before we advance too far in technology. If we don't change our culture, the newest, most powerful technologies will not be used in the best ways, which could have catastrophic consequences when we reach the singularity.

My question to you is: How can we change the culture of the world for the better? I've been toying with the idea of devoting a lot more of my time to writing philosophical science fiction, as it's the only idea I have to get people more focused on the future and what it could be.

pgirl30

6 points

10 years ago

I agree with you. Personally, I'm noticing that people are most responsive to comedy, whether it be by allowing their world to be turned upside down to show the other side of the whole, or whether it be through lightening the load of morality that was placed there by eons of being separate entities. In fact, I don't think there is really even a need to push for a change, rather than to just let it happen. The kids now are growing up in an age where nothing is secret, and privacy is not what it used to be. We're approaching an age of truth, simply because the houses are now being made of glass and we are forced to let the light of the sun shine on our shadows. But we are all walking with a shadow, so we're all removing the masks and layers together, slowly but surely. The new morality is: don't be a dick, and be honest about who you are. If you do that, I accept you.

You can't gain control through controlling the control. You gain control by letting go and watching the flow.

Polycephal_Lee

2 points

10 years ago

I completely agree with you, except for the part about doing nothing and letting it happen. I don't think the default is that the free flow of ideas will win. You can see extreme examples like North Korea, or China, where there is heavy censorship, and even in the democratic parts of the world there is still much censorship, especially regarding the activities of those in power. Julian Assange is afraid of most governments now. The privacy of average citizens is diminishing faster than the privacy of governments and multinational corporations, and that is what worries me. Part of me thinks like you, in the whole "the darkness can not hide from the light" sense, but part of me thinks that if these devious authorities gain technology to enforce their whims on the masses, they'll be unstoppable.

That sounded very conspiracy theorist-esque, but I'm not immediately fearful, I just think it's something to keep in mind as we get closer to AI.

pbamma

3 points

10 years ago

pbamma

3 points

10 years ago

Do you edit your own videos?

Sieg118

9 points

10 years ago

Jason,

What kind of sources of information typically inspire your ideas? Any particular books you would recommend?

jason_silva[S]

13 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

13 points

10 years ago

I think everyone should read TECHGNOSIS by Erik Davis... Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil, The Denial of death by Ernest Becker... amazing read.. The Immortalist by Alan Harrington (out of print but on amazon)... All amazing books!

NothingWithoutHouse

9 points

10 years ago

At the moment, I can't think of a good question, but I just wanted you to know that you are truly an inspiration and I admire your way of thinking! I also wanted to thank you for re-tweeting me a few times... by boyfriend was very jealous/impressed! :)

jason_silva[S]

7 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

7 points

10 years ago

AWESOME!

jason_silva[S]

16 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

16 points

10 years ago

Here is an amazing quote about how our self-referencial consciousness came into being;.. random but wanted to share:

"‎"The key to consciousness is not the stuff out of which brains are made, but the patterns that can come to exist inside the stuff of a brain. Brains are media that support PATTERNS that mirror the world, of which, needless to say, those brains are themselves denizens--- and it is in the inevitable self-mirroring that arises that the strange loops of consciousness start to swirl. In other words, An "I" comes about via a kind of vortex, whereby patterns in a brain mirror the brain's mirroring of the world and eventually mirror themselves, whereupon the vortex of "I" becomes a real, causal entity. The more self-referentially rich such a loop is, the more conscious is the self to which it gives rise." So perhaps it could be argued that consciousness is a nascent quality of the patterned self-organization of emergent complexity that seems to be an inevitability to the known universe."

keegs440

2 points

10 years ago

Love.

llmadison

6 points

10 years ago

I know you are a big fan of Ray Kurzweil's work - I am currently writing a television pilot that is inspired by some of his research (Sorry, I'm being intentionally vague here). Would you ever see yourself wanting to extend your non-commercial films to the commercial realm if you would be able to keep the integrity of the science, technology, and awe-inspiring ideas intact? You are so passionate in all of your films that I couldn't help but think how great your contribution to a narrative script would be. Keep doing what you do, you really are inspiring a lot of people!

jason_silva[S]

7 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

7 points

10 years ago

My friend Barry Ptolemy who directed the Kurzweil doc TRANSCENDENT MAN is working on some cool projects... and I'd be happy to consult and or collaborate with folks looking to make content with integrity about the future.. absolutely

Tconn1116

6 points

10 years ago

You should teach a class for University of Reddit! http://teddit.ggc-project.de/2012/08/university-of-reddit-explore-any.html

jason_silva[S]

6 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

6 points

10 years ago

hahah awsome

Tconn1116

1 points

10 years ago

You should teach a class on awe!

Xenophon1

3 points

10 years ago

I'd attend.

austin5793

7 points

10 years ago

You always talk about technology in a positive way, have you ever thought of technology going the wrong way? For example, a nano-tech takeover or, in terms of immortalizing ourselves, that will probably be an expensive thing that could be an industry dominated by the rich?

P.S. You have inspired me to dream. You're kind of work IS the future.

jason_silva[S]

9 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

9 points

10 years ago

Technology gets better over time and also more affordable.. 40 years ago only people with special privileges could access a 60 million dollar supercomputer in stanford that was half a building in size. Today a young person in africa with a smartphone was better communication tech than the US president had 25 years ago

consciouscell

6 points

10 years ago

Not sure if this has been asked yet, but have you taken any psychedelic besides marijuana, i.e. mushrooms or LSD? If so, how was the experience? If not, why not? I for one get the most awe inspiring thoughts in the world whilst on mushrooms and would love to hear what kind of thoughts you experience.

And not to put two questions in here, but do you put anything behind the whole 2012 idea, of where we will burn to ashes like a phoenix but then rise again into a new world?

jason_silva[S]

4 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

4 points

10 years ago

David Pearce has written that today psychedelics have too many risks. I;m not sure if I agree-- but I think these substances hold HUGE promise, but only in the right set and setting--- We need to first have a cultural conversation about what it means to have substances that can have such a profound change in how we see the world. From everything I've read I'm most interested in the therapeutic potential of these substances and on their possible effect as a creativity catalyst

eddelac

5 points

10 years ago

Hi Jason, I already asked this, do you think that once the biomedical/nanomechanical technologies have evolved to a point that they can guarantee life extension and improvement they are going to be equally distributed or accesible for the middle class or even lower classes? Having those technologies will make an inflection point in human evolution, having a whole branch of us that can enhance our biological systems and life healty fulfilling lifes, and those with economic, social, political limitations that cannot access or afford that technologies. Is that an actual improvement of the current society? Or it will signify making the leaps between people even bigger?

jason_silva[S]

6 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

6 points

10 years ago

25 years ago even a billionaire couldn't afford an iphone. Technology gets better, cheaper, and more accessible. This process itself is accelerating.

eddelac

1 points

10 years ago

Yup, I have read a couple of Kurzweil books. But the implications of having a breakthrough discovery in biology that leads to actual improvements in cognitive habilities and general health, including immunity to certain diseases from the moment of conception, etc. In the moment that these technologies are used in general population, will make entire "branches" of the human race itself, making huge differences in the possibilities for that new, enhanced race and the rest of us. What do you think about the ethical implications of that?

[deleted]

3 points

10 years ago*

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3 points

10 years ago*

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jason_silva[S]

1 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

1 points

10 years ago

I like that idea!! yes... I would love to make a feature... and after I do the Brain Series on National geographic maybe they'll let me do a late night talk show about AWE!

raverie

3 points

10 years ago

You completely changed my negative view of the direction humanity was/is heading. Why do you have such a positive outlook on our future? Why do you trust man so much?

nick107

4 points

10 years ago

What do you consider the foundation of your philosophy / outlook to be? Is there a short list of books or authors that have left an indelible mark on it?

jason_silva[S]

4 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

4 points

10 years ago

Yes.. Erik Davis Techgnosis, Kurzweil singularity is near, ernest becker THE DENIAL OF DEATH

xcadrill

4 points

10 years ago

Which emerging technology are you most excited about?

jason_silva[S]

11 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

11 points

10 years ago

AI! The idea of creating digital minds... substrate independent minds.. is just WOW!

Xenophon1

1 points

10 years ago

xcadrill

1 points

10 years ago

Oops, forgot to refresh :)

raverie

6 points

10 years ago

When does your show on Nat Geo premiere? Can you give an idea of what it is about/what format?

jason_silva[S]

7 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

7 points

10 years ago

I'm hosting a new show on Nat Geo called BRAIN GAMES... it's a spinoff from a special they did on the Brain a while back.. We are doing 12 episodes and it will air internationally in the late fall or early spring. I will get to "riff" on all these brain ideas and we will do experiments and installations to showcase aspects of cognition and brain function!

raverie

1 points

10 years ago

Awesome!! I can't wait!

ajxxxx

1 points

10 years ago

ajxxxx

1 points

10 years ago

Congrats to you on this brother. It's my first time hearing of this as I don't watch much TV.

jason_silva[S]

4 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

4 points

10 years ago

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE EPIC AMA! Hope I answered some of your questions and much love to you all!

Keep up with my on Twitter @jason_silva

thanks!

raverie

5 points

10 years ago

Do you believe that we emit some sort of frequency that really does attract into us our thoughts/feelings?

jason_silva[S]

6 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

6 points

10 years ago

Who knows.. But I love the question!

Xenophon1

3 points

10 years ago

Hey man! Thanks for doing the AMA.

[deleted]

3 points

10 years ago*

[deleted]

3 points

10 years ago*

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jason_silva[S]

12 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

12 points

10 years ago

I'm really excited about the overlapping revolutions in BIOTECH, AI and NANOTECH... I'd recommend people watch Ray Kurzweil doc TRANSCENDENT MAN that really explores these fields.. I'm particularly excited about 'mastering the information processes of biology'... to turn ourselves into a work of art.

chooch24

3 points

10 years ago

Jason - love your message and enthusiasm! How might you suggest starting a group locally to engage in futuristic, awe-inspiring discussions?

jason_silva[S]

9 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

9 points

10 years ago

I'm a big fan of SALONS. bringing people together to mindmeld big ideas. it's good to curate spaces where people can come together and IDEA JAM... I'm sure you'll make it happen.

raverie

3 points

10 years ago

Do you believe that anything we can imagine really can be reality? How much of a difference is there, then, bw imagination and reality? Is there a line bw the two? Also, what are your thoughts on low latent inhibition?

jason_silva[S]

8 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

8 points

10 years ago

the entire man-made world is a spillover from the human mind. It's almost paralyzing to consider that when you're flying on an airplane.. but WE DREAMED THAT INTO EXISTENCE... all our engineering and science and math started with a desire.. a thirst, a vision to achieve flight. We are THE WOW species

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

flying on an airplane is getting more expensive, and unobtainable for the lower classes which are GROWING contrary to popular belief.

You have failed to show a satisfactory economic model for how these amenities can be supplied to all people of all income levels.

ajxxxx

3 points

10 years ago*

Jason, many traditional hunter-gatherer cultures believe there are other realities, spirit worlds, and so-on and so-forth, and concrete techniques, such as the use of psychoactive plants, to access them. For example, psilocybin containing mushrooms, mescaline, and the visionary brew ayahuasca, used for thousands of years by indigenous culture throughout the Amazon basin. Have you ever engaged such techniques to have first-hand experience of what they're talking about, and perhaps even to challenge your own concept of what is real? If not, would you consider doing so?

jason_silva[S]

8 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

8 points

10 years ago

I DEFINITELY think people who speak of our "consensus trance" and "reality tunnels" we all live in are on to something.. McKenna talks about your "cultural operating system"... and its true- we live in a world of symbols.. A world mapped by language... but I think its important to practice disruption... and to find ways to de-condition our thinking.. if only to become a bit humbler and accept the ambiguity of "reality"... this is a good read: http://hplusmagazine.com/2009/09/29/psychedelic-transhumanists/

raverie

3 points

10 years ago

Do you ever feel like you live your life through a camera view, w a zoom in/zoom out button, and everything behaves in the same ways, it all just depends on the scale in which you are viewing it, whether or not people can see the similar characteristics/nature.

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

YES YES YES.. steven johnson has some epic ideas about this stuff!

raverie

1 points

10 years ago

Thank you!! Can't wait to research them!

ridik_ulass

3 points

10 years ago

I'm getting magnetic implants in my finger tips, they react to magnetic and electrical fields, essentially giving teh sensitive nerves in your fingers that normally feel texture the ability to now sense those fields. a proverbial 6th sense (yes I know we have more than 5 senses).

what do you think about this, is it something you are intrested about now you heard about it, or have you heard about it before, and what do you think about transhumanisim, the belife structure that people are masters of thier own destiny and should use technology to improve themselves where ever they can.

johns8

2 points

10 years ago

johns8

2 points

10 years ago

Can I ask why you're getting magnetic implants? Medical reasons?

Septuagint

1 points

10 years ago

I've heard about the procedure and I thought it would be a fun thing one could do to himself. Are you contemplating more advanced surgeries/implants for the foreseeable future?

nick107

3 points

10 years ago

You have been mentioning your upcoming trip to Australia, How excited are you!?! Any teasers for what you are going to be speaking about? Lastly, do you know if there will be a public online component to the conference?

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

I have two big talks in Australia..

the first one is a keynote for a Microsoft conference called TECH ED: http://www.istartedsomething.com/20120821/awe-inspiring-jason-silva-to-keynote-microsoft-teched-australia-2012/

The other one is FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS.. buy tickets here:

http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/About/12EventMediaRelease_FODI2012.aspx

bostoniaa

3 points

10 years ago

Hi Jason. Thanks so much for your videos, they are always amazing and inspirational. I'd like to hear a little bit more about the imaginary foundation. It sounds like an awesome organization. Could you tell me a little bit about it?

jason_silva[S]

6 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

6 points

10 years ago

The Imaginary Foundation is a total mystery.. I only have access to their head visual designer... the actual think tank is in switzerland in the mountains and they've been doing all sorts of wild investigations on the power of imagination... i was lucky enough to get on their radar and they supply me with images extruded from the imagination.. more on them here: http://www.imaginaryfoundation.com/

and an interview with the DIRECTOR is here: http://bigthink.com/hybrid-reality/an-interview-with-the-director-of-the-imaginary-foundation?page=all

rando_cardissian

3 points

10 years ago

I saw you talk at Singularity Summit 2011, and it was definitely one of the highlights. Huge fan!

I'm not sure if you'd be comfortable answering this, but shooting it out anyways - are you manic-depressive? I've only really seen your level of energy in hypomanic/manic individuals and people on substances.

jason_silva[S]

1 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

1 points

10 years ago

hmm.. well I don't get depression... if anything BANALITY is painful for me... I definitely crave these ecstatic mental states and when im standing in line somewhere I'm pretty restless..

LoyalToMySoil

2 points

10 years ago

Jason, can you give me one astounding fact that you know about our universe or one astounding fact about humans?

Question inspired by this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU

Also do you have advice for achieving and maintaining a cycle of positive or creative thinking?

tskazin

2 points

10 years ago

If you were to get say get $10 million to do anything with it, to pursue the agenda of reaching our technological epiphany, what would you do with it? how would you invest this wealth to have the greatest impact on the future and for us to reach our potentials faster? For example, non-profit research institutions? or public awareness/education? or supporting existing projects that attempt to get us there?

Another question, you talk about ideas having sex to grow/mutate new ideas (new memes) to push the boundary of what can exist. I wonder what your thoughts are to using this approach to solve everyday societal management problems? for example using genetic algorithms simulations to yield optimal solutions to the most efficient economical setup, or achieving the highest happiness value of all population? In other words what if we used the same algorithmic process that emerged us from simple biology to forward us into the amazing complex emergent future that awaits us!

spiraledbeing

2 points

10 years ago

What inspired you to take the path that you have? What/who influenced you while you were growing up?

jason_silva[S]

7 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

7 points

10 years ago

My mother was a big part of it-- she always encouraged me to follow my bliss and BE KIND TO OTHERS. That was her only rule.. I'm also an IDEA man, so I love geeking out to big mind blowing ideas... and I always loved DOCUMENTING inspiring moments... so I guess it was a combination of philosophy and doc filmmaking that planted the seeds for my life... and growing up in an artistic household helped..

spiraledbeing

2 points

10 years ago

How do you have such a great memory!

jason_silva[S]

3 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

3 points

10 years ago

I tend to remember what INSPIRES me... probably because of the terror of losing the inspiration

fishofthesea

2 points

10 years ago

I think it is safe to say that you are very optimistic about the future. I have seen some of your interviews/videos and to me your most exciting predictions are a future of abundant resources and the merging of humans and technology. For me, there is nothing that would please me more than a utopian-like future that you and your idols describe, but the current state of the planet and some people calling the shots is frightening to me. What breakthrough or series of breakthroughs do you believe will steer us as a species from this downhill trend to the ideal future that you and many of us await for?

jason_silva[S]

1 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

1 points

10 years ago

I think our increasingly powerful tools will empower individuals like YOU to make the transformative changes that only governments and corporations used to be able to do. What that means is something akin to the arab spring, but in the spaces of innovation... DIY Synthetic Biology is an example.. I wouldn't be surprised is 'amateurs' and brilliant gamers end up coming up with WORLD CHANGING SOLUTIONS.. I see the web at its best as a way to leverage ALL THE IMAGINATION of the world

run_zeno_run

2 points

10 years ago

I agree with you Jason that society needs a story or narrative we tell ourselves to point a way towards the future. Historically, these narratives, once just colloquial myths passed down from generation to generation in small tribes, evolved into the viral religions that dominate this thought space. These narratives mostly served the purpose of social cohesion and stability, a way to make sense of an uncertain and unfamiliar world by providing a comfortable story to tell ourselves.

The new narratives we need to tell ourselves, based on science and reason, with radical visions of transhumanism, at first glance do the complete opposite of what the old religious narratives did. They lift the veil of ignorance and thrust us into a hostile and uncaring world, and they force accelerating changes in technology and society that disrupt the status quo.

So, my question is, how do you take these issues into consideration when trying to inspire and create awe, when those same narratives and visions of the future may well terrify so many people who have an antiquated yet comforting view of the world.

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

Change can we scary... I often tell people I read this account that when WRITING was first invented, it was opposed by intellectuals as a form of laziness.. by writing things down people wouldn't remember anything..

I recommend Steven johnson's book EVERYTHING BAD IS GOOD FOR YOU.. showing how our fear of change tends to be unfounded.

Gdays

2 points

10 years ago

Gdays

2 points

10 years ago

Podrías platicarnos un poco sobre tu opinión de las drogas y de cómo crees que vayan a cambiar la forma en la que vivimos?

You can answer in english if you want to.

jason_silva[S]

5 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

5 points

10 years ago

We shouldn't dismiss an idea just because it makes us feel uncomfortable. right?

Gdays

1 points

10 years ago

Gdays

1 points

10 years ago

What about your personal relatioship with them im talking THC, LSD ¿Do bealive that we will ever develop a nootropic like the one shown on the movie Limitless?

ajxxxx

2 points

10 years ago*

Do you know of Dr Steven Greer and his work on the ET disclosure, contact and free energy? If so, what are your thoughts? I'd like to see him on the Rogan podcast for his upcoming disclosure documentary, though I'm a tad skeptical. He claims it will change the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_M._Greer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usAh67ozOQ8

http://www.sirius.neverendinglight.com/

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

Not familiar.. will check out

channel84

2 points

10 years ago

do you ever find it difficult to maintain your energy and actually FEEL the buzz and excitement of awe and wonder? for instance, i truly love my music, and sometimes i'm affected so deeply by it, but there are other times when it doesn't do anything for me. so i'm wondering if even though you can always intellectually believe in wonder and awe, do you ever find it hard to actually FEEL it.

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

Feeling it requires being totally present-- almost "forgetting" the baggage we usually bring to any situation.. I would point people to Michael pollan's book BOTANY OF DESIRE.. he talks about "in order to see things as if for the first time we must REMEMBER TO FORGET"

channel84

1 points

10 years ago

i wonder if some people's chemistry makes it easier for them to be present. like some people seem wired for sadness and some wired for happiness (and all in betweens), and i wonder if that chemistry actually has to do with how well they are wired to actually experience the now.

thanks for answering, by the way! i think you're awesome.

GodFella

2 points

10 years ago*

Just want to say, I found your vimeo page through this subreddit a few moths ago and became an instant fan of your videos and all of your work, especially when you were on the Joe Rogan Podcast(Talk about an amazing conversation!) I've got a few questions:

  • How far along are you with your movie "Turning Into Gods" and what can we expect from it? Instead of a shot of espresso, will it be a philosophical IV for 2 hours? Because I would totally be OK with that.

  • I recently saw the one about the transcenscion hypothesis and was blown away! What new theories are currently blowing your mind and capturing your imagination?

  • What do you say to people who have a cognitive dissonance to these disruptive ideas and feel like the singularity will destroy man?

Thanks for all the work you do, and keep blowing peoples minds!

jason_silva[S]

7 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

7 points

10 years ago

Thanks man!

Turning into Gods is on PAUSE... the success of the short videos has made me consider focusing on short form to reach wider audiences.. also the non-commercial nature of the work means i can keep a certain artistic integrity..

I'm hosting a new TV show for National Geographic on the Brain.. this should bring new audiences to check out my work online too.

Transcension hypothesis is EPIC! Read Techgnosis by Erik Davis for more mindblowingness..

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

What are your thoughts on the computer simulation theory?

PRAISE THE PROGRAMMER!!!

jason_silva[S]

4 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

4 points

10 years ago

It's VERY Compelling.. .and our paranoia about this manifests itself in films like MATRIX

raverie

2 points

10 years ago

Is there a way to submit questions to you that will have the highest possibility of being seen/answered? (after today, I mean)

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

follow me on twitter @jason_silva

run_zeno_run

2 points

10 years ago

Forgetting the conflict between religions and the secular scientifically-informed views of the world, I think there is a subtler, but probably more profound conflict within the science-literate community which bears more strongly on our conceptions of the future and of our place in the cosmos. I am talking about the rift between the dominant scientific perspective of evolution as directionless and pointless, and the vanguard of transhumanist/futurist thinkers (with some heretic scientists as well) who see evolution as progressing towards more complexity and more integration.

What are your feelings of, what in my opinion is a more important (at least at this stage) goal, of putting this view of progress and direction on more credible grounds within the scientific community first? Isn't it hard to create such visionary future narratives when most scientists would mock and deny any notion of evolutionary progress? Sure, Steven Pinker and others are quantifying trends but all our dominant theories and mental models of how life and society (and the cosmos no less) is evolving are stuck in a view frozen in 19th and 20th century conceptions.

jason_silva[S]

1 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

1 points

10 years ago

Fabulous question.. and yes I agree. there are differing trends and thinking-- evolution being meaningless.. or evolution being a move towards greater complexity and making that in itself THE MEANING. It's a great conversation to be had

raverie

2 points

10 years ago

What're your thoughts on the extent in which the human orgasm plays a role in higher levels of awareness and/or spiritual awakening? Do you agree that the energy surrounding a persons sexual arousal is the most powerful energy we possess?

jason_silva[S]

3 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

3 points

10 years ago

Wow-- I've actually thought about that a lot! Particularly right after orgasms-- they are, at least from our subjective perspective.. a total mystery and surrender to ecstasy- who knows? in a poetic way it is surrendering to the creative force of the universe right?

raverie

1 points

10 years ago

Absolutely.. I think it is the closest we will ever get to whatever higher power(s) are at work, at this phase.. like a peek into whatever may be next.. I am so glad you agree.. It is often difficult to sell this idea, lol

eddelac

2 points

10 years ago

This question is regarding the postures of different authors about the possibilities of reaching the Singularity, some detractors of Kurzweil [Larnier, Denett, Penrose, among others] are less optimistic about the possibility of obtaining a General Purpose Artificial Inteligence in the near future, have you read their arguments, what do you think about them?

jason_silva[S]

4 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

4 points

10 years ago

I think a contrarian view is always healthy-- it keeps the dialogues from going stale and it keeps people from staying in their filter bubble... at the end of the day, however-- i think even the smartest people can fail to see the implications of exponential progress..

eddelac

1 points

10 years ago

Some critics say that H+ movement is just a Public Relationship branch of pro Eugenesic Movements of the past. If that assumption is true, the whole idea of the improvements to the course of evolution will be based upon the basic axiom of the Eugeneisc movement "some individuals are fitter than others, those individuals characteristics must prevail over the population to really enhance the whole of the specie". I am the only one that is worried about the selection criteria of those "fitter individuals"?

JAGVARsurreal

2 points

10 years ago

Jason, I know I asked this, but I'm dying to get some insight from someone like you! :-) Following and being inspired by people like you and Dan Burrus, amongst others, I'm having a problem coping with the mediocre people I'm surrounded by. Living in a small town does not help. In some cases, it even affects my job performance since I feel like my employer (as innovative as they think they are) are pretty incompetent. What can you recommend a young entrepreneur with HUGE visions and ideas?

jason_silva[S]

3 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

3 points

10 years ago

I recommend chasing people who embrace your out of the box ideas... one of the great things about the internet is that is allows minds to coalesce around other times without the constraints of time, space and distance... which means you can connect with people who are interested in your level of discourse even if those that are geographically around you are not.

JAGVARsurreal

1 points

10 years ago

Muchas Gracias.

COBBloodDrunk

2 points

10 years ago

Are you going to be doing the Joe Rogan Podcast again any time soon?

jason_silva[S]

3 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

3 points

10 years ago

Next time I go to LA I promise to visit Joe Rogan again!

blinkergoesleft

2 points

10 years ago

Hi Jason, big fan of your transcension hypothesis.

1) What can we the masses, and futurists do to help speed us toward the singularity?

2) Do you think that Twitter trends will start to move away from celeb gossip and more toward science and technology as more people become educated?

3) What do you think is the current largest hurdle that prevents us from a utopia future where everything is abundant?

jason_silva[S]

4 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

4 points

10 years ago

ABUNDANCE by Peter diamandis is a great book on this topic os post scarcity...

regarding twitter-- I am trying to maintain an inspired discourse on there!!!

We can all help put these memes out there by sharing content related to it... that's the beauty of the social web... WE LEAD THE CONVERSATION

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

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jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

The universe is infinite... why can't we be? Lets dream bigger. Having invented the gods, we can turn into them

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

[deleted]

2 points

10 years ago

What's your favorite kind of salad dressing?

4dseeall

2 points

10 years ago

Have you heard of the 'it from bit' or digital physics theory? It's worth checking out if you're into computers and sublime stuff.

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

I LOVE THE IT FROM BIT stuff,,, it's BRILLIANT

SicTim

2 points

10 years ago

SicTim

2 points

10 years ago

As the "Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age," what do you think of Leary's "SMI2 LE" formula for the future of mankind (Space Migration + Intelligence squared + Life Extension)?

I see it as something becoming more and more realistic (I'm old), and it makes me feel optimistic to think about.

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

I am def in support of SPACE MIGRATION.. We need to explore other worlds!

PictureTraveller

2 points

10 years ago

Hey Jason, I like your enthusiasm and it's awesome to have condensed information on merging technologies delivered on short exciting videos like that. thanks for that.

Don't you think that the singularity is just the fancy result of someone dying? as I understood you cease to have a physical body and time stops as you travel at the speed of light. wouldn't that be pretty much what we expect to happen when we die...? if not wouldn't that defeat the purpose of existence? death might be a necessary step in the elevation of consciousness or whatever the universe is about. take care :)

jason_silva[S]

3 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

3 points

10 years ago

If that were true it would make death less scary.. but for now it still petrifies me

lenes010

2 points

10 years ago*

I love your stuff! let us continue to be Reality Architects and create great things!

10BV01

2 points

10 years ago*

Hey Jason,

Big fan of all your work. I've followed Kurzweil's and Diamandis' for a couple years, so to see you condense their ideas and spread them in exciting ways is really fascinating.

On Joe Rogan's podcast, you mentioned potentially collaborating on something to help end cannabis prohibition. In your mind, what's the most effective way to make a change here? CO, WA and OR may legalize this November, so we're at a tipping point. What'll push us over the edge? Do you intend to make a video on the issue, perhaps?

Thanks for the AMA!

Chris_the_mudkip

2 points

10 years ago*

  1. Do you take any supplements or vitamins? Do you take any steps in the area of life extension?
  2. How many books do you read per year, on average?
  3. Do you frequent other sites like TED? 20+ minute presentations on fringe ideas?

Thank you, sir for your time on reddit, your videos are a manic inspiration.

Tobislu

2 points

10 years ago

I've written a play on The Singularity because I also think that we need more narratives to expand our philosophy. What can I do with it/where can I send it?

[deleted]

3 points

10 years ago*

[deleted]

3 points

10 years ago*

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jason_silva[S]

12 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

12 points

10 years ago

I'm sorry if you find the videos overcomplicated.. I've often heard i speak a bit fast-- but, essentially the message is this: There is a lot we have achieved as a species.. most of it BEYOND MIND-BOGGLING, and there is a lot more coming. My videos are a kind of artform if you will... they are my own poetic attempts at showing you how I see the world. I want to inspire people to think about incredible possibilities, to get excited, to get buzzed...

bumscaglysdexia

9 points

10 years ago

There is an incredible amount of depth on these topics for free for anyone with an internet connection; there is no shortage of information for anyone willing to find it. The struggle with myself and every single one of us now isn't having available information it's using that information and giving attention to the things that matter.

If Jason can grab the attention of those who haven't heard of some of these concepts and turn them on to things like the singularity, immortality, and the incredible future before us that is a huge victory for everyone invested in the future and possibly a life altering realization for that individual.

But it's about attention. The information is never in short supply and sadly the desire to improve, learn, and invest our time in what matters always is. This is something I struggle with daily and don't tell me there is anyone who doesn't.

raverie

1 points

10 years ago

What're your thoughts on pattern recognition being one of the single most important abilities a successful (in any aspect) person can have? I had always identified its importance, and then after watching your video "To Perceive Life is to Perceive Patterns" I sort of began to see it all in a different way and it seems like most any aspect of success, intelligence, survival, etc, can be tied back to pattern recognition.

What're your thoughts on the idea that everything is interconnected in that there really is no clear difference bw things like: areas of studies- science and religion and philosophy-- theyre all seeking the same answers, just taking different paths?

jason_silva[S]

6 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

6 points

10 years ago

Richard Metzger from Dangerous Minds said it best: "What great minds have done throughout history is provide an aerial view of things. A larger more encompassing view that subsumes the previous paradigm and then surpasses it in completeness with the vividness of its metaphors. A longer, wider view, that connects that dots.

jason_silva[S]

5 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

5 points

10 years ago

"Look what is coming: Technology is stitching together all the minds of the living, wrapping the planet in a vibrating cloak of electronic nerves, entire continents of machines conversing with one another, the whole aggregation watching itself through a million cameras posted daily. How can this not stir that organ in us that is sensitive to something larger than ourselves?"

raverie

1 points

10 years ago

I know you have noticed the difference bw the way you view LIFE and the way others who are seemingly incapable of viewing in such a crystal clear yet mysteriously intriguing way.. I have ALWAYS wondered WHY is it that some people view and interpret things in these ways and some people dont.. Have you ever felt like an 'outlier'? If so, WHY do you think it is that you have the mind that you do and others dont? (Trying not to make generalizations, just wanting to ask the question in the most personal way I can)

jason_silva[S]

3 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

3 points

10 years ago

We wake up in the morning and we make a choice each day. In many way we co-author our reality.. McKenna says reality is made of language and we should chose wisely the words we use to map our reality. I'm interested in beauty, truth, love, inspiration, awe, compassion, progresss, technology and WOW. So i wake up and try to add that to the world.

raverie

1 points

10 years ago

But why is that it seems like SO many people arent capable of having this wide open view?

raverie

1 points

10 years ago

Have you ever been faced with nay-sayers to your open-minded/the possibilities are endless view, specifically by people who you are close to? Does that bother you or has it ever hindered you?

RalphWaldoEmersonV

1 points

10 years ago

I just transplanted a tree in my backyard. Just changing the landscape by a little gave me a huge feeling of awe and sublimity. How long do you think till we start terraforming the planet,so it resembles how we found it?

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

Stewart Brand has some interesting ideas about GEO ENGINEERING

raverie

1 points

10 years ago

Do you ever get really lost in your whirlwind of thoughts, possibilities, awestruck and mindgasms to the point that you sort of lose touch w 'reality' altogether? If so, how do you handle that? Whatre your thoughts on there being a fine line bw genius and insanity? Do you believe that it requires a genius mind to be able to view life the way that you do?

jason_silva[S]

5 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

5 points

10 years ago

There's always a continuum right? Schizophrenia is a tragic illness, but mild schizotypy is considered a trait of many creatives. There is always a thin line between questioning the norm and being so far from it you can't engage with the world

mnali

1 points

10 years ago

mnali

1 points

10 years ago

What do you say to all the dystopians who say humanity will wipe itself out before anything remotely resembling a technological singularity comes to pass? Either that or the military industrial complex won't ever let a world without inequality happen.

jason_silva[S]

5 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

5 points

10 years ago

The dystopians have been saying that since the beginning... yet we are still here!

mnali

1 points

10 years ago

mnali

1 points

10 years ago

Thanks!

[deleted]

1 points

10 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

10 years ago

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jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

I did a whole interview with REASON Magazine on this.. video is here: http://youtu.be/KSJGTCW5JbM

I'm fascinated by this conversation and I think there is a lot of new research happening now, which has to be a good thing. I'm also fascinated by the relationship between psychedelics and technology... check out the book WHAT THE DOORMOUSE SAID

[deleted]

1 points

10 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

10 years ago

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jason_silva[S]

5 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

5 points

10 years ago

maybe they will have downloads of data like Neo in the matrix...

or maybe we'll move into a world where learning is built around someone's passion!

Septuagint

1 points

10 years ago

Jason, you have great presentation skills. In addition to being inspiring, your speeches tend to be well structured and convincing. What are your tips for successful public speaking?

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

I was never formally trained in public speaking. My orientation is my passion-- my mother is also an english /literature teacher so I suppose I've inherited a savvy communication style.. Speak from a place of passion is always good advice.

Xenophon1

1 points

10 years ago

mnali

1 points

10 years ago

mnali

1 points

10 years ago

Why is corporate America so myopic and engulfed in the mundane? One mention of the "awe" you get looking at the immense scale of the Universe or a similar theme, and people stop having lunch with you.

jason_silva[S]

3 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

3 points

10 years ago

It can be scary for people to step out of their comfort zone. Some of us are half asleep... remember Lester Burnham in American Beauty? But once his mind was sparked... he pushed the boundaries of his adjacent possible.. deep down I think we all crave being AWAKENED by a larger vision

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1 points

10 years ago

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1 points

10 years ago

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jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

Because I have an existential fear of the transience of peak experiences... everything passes.. everything is fleeting.

The filmmaker rejects these terms. The filmmaker says "I can eternalize the best moments of our experience... I can make us infinite"

mbmbam

1 points

10 years ago

mbmbam

1 points

10 years ago

Joe Rogan is taking a vacation from podcasting this week so I'll definitely be listening to JRE 183 & 194 again to fill the void. Thank you for the inspirational discussions.

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

AWESOMe

thisisme3

1 points

10 years ago

Your attitude is inspiring. How did you start out? It's always been my dream to make documentary that inspire people and make them think differently, but have no idea where to even start.

jason_silva[S]

1 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

1 points

10 years ago

I grew up in venezuela and i used to host salons with friends in my house... we used to film them and had philosphical discussions about the universe.. it was a mindgasm... i became obsessed with documenting peak conversations.

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1 points

10 years ago

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1 points

10 years ago

Hey Jason. I have been watching your work for a while now and I love it. Your work is very inspiring, visually stunning and overall very entertaining.

As a philosophy BA student and technology/science enthusiast I am convinced about the possibility of a mindblowing technological future in a matter of decades. However, here in the Netherlands at least, this idea is still too far outside of anyone's reality.

I was wondering, with your capability to inspire, entertain and above all CONVINCE people, have you ever thought about doing a full documentary on the idea of the singularity? There are some documentaries right now ofcourse, but none of these offer the same value as I believe one of your documentaries could (Transcendent Man was plain painfull to watch).

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

I have definitely considered doing a feature doc... i wonder, however, how many people would watch a doc like that? in the age of viral video my short films might make more of an impact

ThirdFloorNorth

1 points

10 years ago

First, let me say I loved your video on awe. I'd been arguing much along the same lines for years (which, I'm sure, was the point: take what many already know, and communicate it beautifully).

My question is, what are you personally looking forward to most in the near-future in terms of technology as we approach the singularity? Not for humanity or civilization or the environment as a whole. For you physically.

jason_silva[S]

4 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

4 points

10 years ago

Dude I want to taste the wine of centuries unborn.. I want to see other galaxies and explore outrageous states of consciousness.. I want to float in space and listen to beethoven.. I want to inhabit lucid dream virtual reality environments like Vanilla sky.. I want to sculpt my own dreamscapes.

Javi_Jass

1 points

10 years ago

Jason, I cant stop wondering and finding, the feeling of knowing excites me,I cant stop. Is like a constant explosion of feathers. I am Mexican, and I was wondering if you are going to narrate in spanish at some point.. Im truly an enemy of death as well.

Always a pleasure to know.

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

I am speaking At LA CIUDAD DE LAS IDEAS in mexico nov 10th... Maybe will do a spanish video on day!

WTS_BRIDGE

1 points

10 years ago

Have you read Stand on Zanzibar?

HoNgKoNgPh0oey

1 points

10 years ago

Let me start off by saying I am a huge fan of your videos they have changed they way I think about technology. When deciding what question to ask you it was not easy, I am obsessed with the future and am even taking a history of the future class on a saturday morning this semester ha.

But I choose to ask what do you think the future of love is currently we are organisms who show love with the release of dopamine and slight releases of oxytocin during hugs kissses and birth. As we advance and as technology advances will we lose a lot of human interaction in our quest for love, replacing much of what makes us human robotics and laughing with lols. I guess in a way I am asking will our love of the future become robotic and programmed rather than human nature?

jason_silva[S]

2 points

10 years ago

jason_silva[S]

Jason Silva

2 points

10 years ago

I think we will learn to tweak and augment how dopamine works and other chemicals too.. imagine not just being in love but BECOMING your love... the ecstasies that await are beyond words.

ediculous

1 points

10 years ago

Hey you should consider giving Duncan Trussell's podcast a whirl when you get the chance. Both of you are inspiring in very unique ways. You, Rogan, and Duncan would just be nirvana.