The Metaverse Project

  1. 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

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    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.”


    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
    /Tim Borgmann
    /Shawn Knol
    /Andrew Filippone Jr.
    /Felix Norton-Barsalou
    /Daniel Zagórski

    camera by Edwin Rosero

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  2. "Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was a modern philosopher, whose main interest was psychedelics and their role in society and existence beyond the physical body"


    This is one of my favorite speech, Terence teach us to think for ourselves and to enjoy every moment of our lives.

    This is one of his many speeches that changed my perception of life, Terence made me realized how we can enjoy our lives at it's full capacity by enjoying every little thing that happens through our every day live.

    Do what you feel, not what your told.

    Think for yourself.

    Be not afraid, you are a god, a creator with unlimited potential.


    "I have realized that the past and the future are real illusions, that they exist only in the present, which is what there is and all that there is."
    -Alan Watts

    "Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
    -Howard Thurman

    "There are two ways to look at life. One is though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is"
    -Albert Einstein

    "What blinds us, or what makes historical progress very difficult, is our lack of awareness of our ignorance."
    -Terence McKenna


    "I always thought death would come on the freeway in a few horrifying moments, so you'd have no time to sort it out. Having months and months to look at it and think about it and talk to people and hear what they have to say, it's a kind of blessing.

    It's certainly an opportunity to grow up and get a grip and sort it all out. Just being told by an unsmiling guy in a white coat that you're going to be dead in four months definitely turns on the lights. ...

    It makes life rich and poignant. When it first happened, and I got these diagnoses, I could see the light of eternity, a la William Blake, shining through every leaf. I mean, a bug walking across the ground moved me to tears."

    R.I.P. Terence Kemp McKenna
    (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000)


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  3. Modern Day Mystics: The Author of Be Here Now, the catalyst for a whole generation of new thinkers Ram Dass, holds a Thanksgiving Satsang with Dr. Baraka Kanaan (DreamingBear, Maui's Poet Laureate of Nature) author of Wild Love ~Kissed into Consciousness~ also known as Maui's Poet Laureate of Nature. Dont miss this historic meeting of hearts from past & present as the old paradigm becomes new, and you feel that sleeping giant of greatness awaken within you!

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  4. Ever feel like technology is using you instead of the other way around? As Leah Pearlman put it, "Right now it feels like technology is big and I'm little. Sometimes it grabs me, throws me around and uses me - that's what it feels like in my body. I would like to be big, and I would like technology to be little so when I need it, I pick it up and I use it and when I'm done, I put it back down."

    This short piece captures the essence of the 2013 Wisdom 2.0 Conference and listens to attendees and speakers who come to explore a movement towards living with greater presence, meaning, and mindfulness in the digital age.

    In addition to the Short, feel free to check out my photogallery at

    The soundtrack for this piece was provided by Abraham Weiss. If you like it, be sure to check out his free album 'And 'Ands and download his song, "My Own Lead," from

    For more info on Wisdom 2.0, visit

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