1. YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MaxSchlick?feature=mhee

    Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked in an interview with TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" This is his answer.

    Special thanks to:
    Reid Gower http://saganseries.com/
    Michael Marantz vimeo.com/2822787
    Carl Sagan http://www.hulu.com/cosmos
    Neil deGrasse Tyson http://www.facebook.com/neiltyson
    NASA http://www.nasa.gov/
    ...for their inspiration.

    CREDITS
    Narration: TIME Magazine's "10 Questions for Neil Degrasse Tyson"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiOwqDmacJo
    Music: "To Build a Home" by the Cinematic Orchestra feat. Patrick Watson
    http://www.cinematicorchestra.com

    Video (in order of appearance):
    IMAX: Hubble 3D (Orion)
    http://www.imax.com/hubble/
    Animal Planet: Safari
    http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Animal_Planet_Safari_The_Last_Lion_of_Liuwa/70153174?trkid=438403
    Yellowstone: Battle for Life (Waterfall)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jcdml
    Supernova to Crab Nebula
    http://www.spacetelescope.org/videos/heic0515a/
    BBC: Wonders of the Solar System (formation of the solar system)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qyxfb
    Accretion and First Eukaryotes from the 2011 film "Tree of Life" directed by Terrence Malick
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accretion_(astrophysics)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_life
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_evolutionary_history_of_life
    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/05/ribonucleotides/
    http://www.twowaysthroughlife.com/
    BBC: Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
    http://www.wellcometreeoflife.org/
    "Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia" by Ayrton Orio (Model: Xharon Kendelker)
    vimeo.com/9505354
    BBC: Wonders of the Solar System (Brian Cox w/ telescope)
    "Afghanistan - touch down in flight" by Augustin Pictures
    vimeo.com/31426899
    http://lukasugustin.de
    "mongolia!" by wiissa
    vimeo.com/27876709
    http://wiissa.com

    Excerpt from "Outside In", Copyright Stephen van Vuuren/SV2 Studios
    http://www.outsideinthemovie.com
    IMAX: Hubble 3D (Inside Orion Nebula)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_Nebula
    Shuttle Launch from 1985 IMAX film "The Dream is Alive"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dream_Is_Alive
    "Earth -- Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over -- NASA, ISS" by Michael Konig
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls9yJTphLxg
    http://koenigm.com
    Excerpt from "The Island" - La Palma Time Lapse Video by Christoph Malin
    vimeo.com/27539860
    http://christophmalin.com
    Galaxy Map and Galaxy Formation by NCSA's Advanced Visualization Lab
    http://avl.ncsa.illinois.edu/
    "Mars sunset" captured by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit (from BBC: Wonders of the Solar System)
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_347.html

    Edited by Max Schlickenmeyer

    Neil goes on to say "For me, that is the most profound revelation of 20th century astrophysics and I look forward to what the 21st century will bring us, given the frontiers that are now unfolding."

    Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. All copyrighted materials contained herein belong to their respective copyright holders, I do not claim ownership over any of these materials. I realize no profit, monetary or otherwise, from the exhibition of these videos.

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  2. By @jasonsilva and @notthisbody - Follow us on Twitter!

    "The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself." - Steven Johnson

    Other videos -

    You are a RCVR - vimeo.com/27671433

    To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns - vimeo.com/34182381

    Imagination - vimeo.com/34902950

    Abundance - vimeo.com/34984088

    INSPIRATION:

    This video is inspired, in part, by the ideas explored in David Deutsch’s new book, THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY. We hope it moves you.

    ‎"The topographical shape and the material constitution of the upper surface of the island of Manhattan, as it exists today, is much less a matter of geology than it is of economics and politics and human psychology. The effects of geological forces were trumped (you might say) by other forces — forces that proved themselves, in the fullness of time, physically stronger. Deutsch thinks the same thing must in the long run be true of the universe as a whole. Stuff like gravitation and dark energy are the sorts of things that determine the shape of the cosmos only in its earliest, and most parochial, and least interesting stages. The rest is going to be a matter of our own intentional doing.." - David Alpert on David Deutsch's new book.

    "Some time in the last fifty thousand years, with the invention of culture, the biological evolution of humans ceased and evolution became an epigenetic, cultural phenomenon... technology is the real skin of our species. Humanity, correctly seen in the context of the last five hundred years, is an extruder of technological material. We take in matter that has a low degree of organization; we put it through mental filters, and we extrude jewelry, gospels, space shuttles. This is what we do. We are like coral animals embedded in a technological reef of extruded psychic objects." - Terence Mckenna

    **

    In our work, we use the tools of editing: we juxtapose 'transcalar' imagery, cutting and overlapping the very small and the very large... From the nano to the galactic, stretching and compressing time, we feature time lapse to reveal the repetitive and recurring patterns across different scales of reality. The aim is to provide multiple perspectives all at once, whose simultaneous presentation might cause spontaneous epiphanies. “These patterns are omnipresent, but only when we see these patterns in a more compressed mode of presentation to we start to attend to them as such.” -- This is KEY!

    Paul Stamet's superb book, Mycelium Running, begins with a discussion of what Stamets calls the mycelial archetype. He compares the mushroom mycelium with the overlapping information-sharing systems that comprise the Internet, with the networked neurons in the brain, and with a computer model of dark matter in the universe. All share this densely intertwingled filamental structure.

    A recent profile of Stephen Johnson on Dumbo Feather described his work like this:

    “Johnson uses ‘The Long Zoom’ to define the way he looks at the world—if you concentrate on any one level, there are patterns that you miss. When you step back and simultaneously consider, say, the sentience of a slime mold, the cultural life of downtown Manhattan and the behaviour of artificially intelligent computer code, new patterns emerge."

    On their own, these areas of study are fascinating. Together, a more profound view takes shape.

    The article continues, "Put simply: cities are like ant colonies are like software is like slime molds are like evolution is like disease is like sewage systems are like poetry is like the neural pathways in our brain. Everything is connected.”

    PERFORMING PHILOSOPHY:

    Our stated goal is to re-ignite the art of the "performing philosophers" ... like Timothy Leary and Buckminster Fuller... A post on Space Collective wrote about “thinkers who act as substantial agents of change, who drastically alter the infocologies they interact with, in the process transforming and meshing the different dimensions in which our minds operate.”

    We care about the pleasures derived in forming new connections, mash-ups and innovative solutions for the next step in human evolution.

    We are working to articulate our understanding through the creation of recombinant media mashups meant to epiphanize audiences----the creating and sharing of awe; "performance philosophy" in an age of collapsing boundaries and exponential creativity.

    The director of the Imaginary Foundation described our work as “some kind of Ontological DJ'ing, recompiling the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which (hopefully) elevates our understanding from the dry and prosaic, into the sensual and transcendent.”

    “The goal is to prove a fresh framework and a new narrative to fill our old storytelling needs in our ever-increasing process of self-description.”

    Information technologies have become instruments of mind expansion, sensorial scaffoldings that increase and augment our capacity to process greater amounts of information, allowing us to extract richer gradients of meaningful data about the world and our experience.

    Whether its a telescope, a microscope or a marijuana joint, we need to think of these tools as aids, contact lenses through which we can see so much more than before.

    In the digital dimension we use the term resolution. Certainly we can appreciate how much more can be 'revealed' by having higher resolution..... and technology offering complex visualizations literally ups the resolution of our internal and external perceptions .

    Different Scales and perspectives of reality show how much of what we perceive is dictated by our point of view--literally by where we are and how we think. The most exhilarating realization, then, is that we all have the power to shape our experience by our linguistic and creative choices.

    "A random scrap of information can trigger just the right conceptual collision. It’s hard to know which scrap might do the trick, but that’s the beauty of things like social networks, interconnectivity, and these kinds of media mashups — they constantly produce potential sparks, for free.” - Seth Godin

    FREEMAN DYSON says it beautifully:

    "To me the most astounding fact in the universe is the power of mind which drives my fingers as I write these words. Somehow, by natural processes still totally mysterious a million butterfly brains working together in a human skull have the power to dream, to calculate, to see and to hear, to speak and to listen, to translate thoughts and feelings into marks on paper which other brains can interpret. Mind, through the long course of biological evolution, has established itself as a moving force in our little corner of the universe. Here on this small planet, mind has infiltrated matter and has taken control. It appears to me that the tendency of mind to infiltrate and control matter is a law of nature."

    ***********

    A collaboration of /Jason Silva and /Notthisbody incorporating
    /elliottsellers
    /flight404
    /dangoods
    /proxelltv
    /kimpimmel
    /undream
    /brighteyecinema
    /hsgn
    /beeple
    /cerealspiller
    /Tim Borgmann
    /Shawn Knol
    /Andrew Filippone Jr.
    /Felix Norton-Barsalou
    /Daniel Zagórski
    /urbanintdesign

    camera by Edwin Rosero

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  3. Inspired by the space probes of the 1970s (Voyager 1 and 2), this animation presents an abstract interpretation of the journey the probes took through our solar system and what wonders they revealed to our planet.

    Written and Directed by: Luke Busby
    Music: John Hopkins
    CG: Luke Busby
    Editing / Compositing: Luke Busby

    Cinema 4D
    Maya, Mental Ray,
    After Effects

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  4. Blog: aubreymarcus.com
    Twitter: twitter.com/AubreyMarcus
    Facebook: facebook.com/AubreyMarcus

    Featuring music by
    Tribe Called Red - Electric PowWow electricpowwow.com/
    Strangeloop soundcloud.com/strangeloop
    Icaros recorded live in ceremony, Maestro Orlando Chujandama - thenewrisingsun.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/8/

    FEATURING SELECTED ART and FOOTAGE FROM SHUTTERSTOCK
    STRANGELOOP // WES RICHARDSON // LAYNER MORI HUAYTA // KORB // BEN
    ZFFILMS // TWO TIGERS // TOM GERAEDTS // GUY SHECHTER
    // BEEPLE // SAMUEL CURTIS //GAVIN KEECH - ENTPM

    FULL TEXT:
    What is the psychedelic experience? Aldous Huxley believed it was the fundamental craving of the human spirit. A desire to turn off the survival biased filter of perception just for a moment... and catch a glimpse beyond the bars of our cognitive prison.

    The psychedelic experience does not require drugs. Religious history and spiritual traditions are built upon these sublime moments. Messiahs hear the voice of God after a 40 day fast. Holy men, having isolated themselves in a cave, suddenly emerge with visionary truth.

    But to indulge in a 40 day fast to reach this heightened state is like burning your house down to bake a loaf of bread. One hour in a salt-water isolation tank quiets the noise of sensation until awareness becomes the mirror that reveals you to yourself. A single session of holotropic breathing restricts our mental chatter long enough to plunge you into the zero-state of visionary Inspiration. Then there are the earth movers... The plant medicines at the core of many religious sacraments, which according to Graham Hancock were integral to inspiring the earliest known art in caves throughout Europe.

    These plants are technologies. In a recent placebo controlled study completed by Johns Hopkins university 18 healthy adults were given Psilocybin, the active ingredient in ‘magic’ mushrooms. Fourteen months after participating in the study, 94% of those who received the drug said the experiment was one of their top five most positive experiences; 40% said it was the single most meaningful experience of their life.

    Ayahuasca, long called the Master Medicine by the healers of the rainforest, offers an experience with the most visually powerful and mysterious of all molecules endogenous to life, DiMethyltryptamine.

    Iboga, the root of an African shrub, confronts you with the voice of your own inner truth for 24 waking hours and is being used to treat Heroin addiction with relapse rates reported at a shockingly low 7%.

    Why doesn’t the world embrace these technologies? Terrence Mckenna has an answer, “It takes courage to take psychedelics – real courage. Your stomach clenches, your palms grow damp, because you realise this is real – this is going to work. Not in 12 years, not in 20 years, but in an hour!"

    What can the Psychedelic Experience be?
    The cloth that wipes clean our lens of perception,
    The compass that points true north to our life’s calling,
    The lantern in the catacombs of our subconscious,
    The sword stroke that unfetters the muse,
    The sunlight that dispels the shadows of our past
    Or simply a respite of eternity, in the fast flowing river of time.

    I’ve been to the other side, stared unflinching into the eyes of my eternal soul and seen a matrix of a thousand possible destinies. I’ve witnessed the span of our current universe contained in an unceasing heartbeat, each world a single bloodcell and each contraction a new existence for life itself. I’ve learned of humility on the back of a dragon, felt the terminal extreme of heaven and hell in the marrow of my bones, died and been reborn anew. What will your psychedelic experience be?

    Courage to you all.

    *Special thanks to Marija of Not This Body for making this vision come to life, Cory Allen for help with sound, to Jason Silva for inspiring the genre, and to all the teachers, shamans, and the spirit of the very plants themselves that have guided me along this path.

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  5. Edward Bernays, sobrino de Sigmund Freud, se hizo un hueco en la historia de las relaciones internacionales al trabajar como propagandista de guerra para EEUU en la II Guerra Mundial. Sin embargo su verdadero éxito fue aplicar las teorías de su tío sobre las fuerzas irracionales que gobiernan nuestras decisiones, no para curar alteraciones psíquicas, sino para seducir al consumidor a que compre ciertos productos. La estrategia era asociar los productos con personalidades y con la idea de sentirse diferente, más allá de la funcionalidad del producto o su necesidad. De un cliente a otro Bernays se convirtió en un rico líder y pionero de las relaciones públicas y el marketing.

    En el ámbito político también recurrieron a Bernays para limpiar la imagen de algunos políticos.

    Cuando Bernays hizo famoso a su tío en EEUU, los políticos empezaron a preocuparse por esas fuerzas irracionales que merodeaban bajo la superficie de la sociedad, ya que temían que pudieran desembocar en revoluciones como la rusa. El consumismo se ofrecía no solo como una solución económica, sino como una forma de mantener calmada a la gente. Pero la crisis de 1929 hizo que el consumo descendiese y la gente perdió los nervios.

    Según Bernays era necesario tener siempre controlado al pueblo ya que podían elegir lo erróneo, y por eso debían ser dirigidos por una elite. Y según Freud la civilización no era la prueba del progreso humano, sino que era una contención del animal irracional que llevamos dentro, ya que consiste en una serie de mecanismos para mantener contento y controlado al pueblo, y siempre debería ser así, porque sino se desataría al animal irracional y éste nos gobernaría. Esto es lo que habría pasado en la Alemania Nazi, donde el amor se entregaba al líder y el odio al que no pertenecía al grupo.

    Con Roosevelt llegó el New Deal, parecido a lo que querían los nazis, controlar la producción del mercado libre, pero sin necesidad de controlar emocionalmente al ciudadano, informando y asumiendo la madurez del pueblo. No había ningún animal que contener. Además, el Estado debía ser garante de los fallos del mercado y poner límites al mismo. Pero Roosevelt se encontró de frente con las grandes empresas que querían seguir por la vía del consumismo masivo y la manipulación de emociones, y con Bernays al frente, retaron al gobierno con campañas que relegaban a los políticos a un segundo plano, dándole el protagonismo a las empresas que deseaban fabricar consumidores, no ciudadanos.

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