1. TO UNDERSTAND IS TO PERCEIVE PATTERNS

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    Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JasonSilva @JasonSilva and @notthisbody Special thanks to filmmaker/photographer Rob Whitworth for allowing a clip from his video (https://vimeo.com/32958521) to be featured. Check out his website: www.robwhitworth.co.uk My videos: Beginning of Infinity - http://vimeo.com/29938326 Imagination - http://vimeo.com/34902950 INSPIRATION: The Imaginary Foundation says "To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns"... Albert-László Barabási, think about NETWORKS: “Networks are everywhere. The brain is a network of nerve cells connected by axons, and cells themselves are networks of molecules connected by biochemical reactions. Societies, too, are networks of people linked by friendships, familial relationships and professional ties. On a larger scale, food webs and ecosystems can be represented as networks of species. 'For decades, we assumed that the components of such complex systems as the cell, the society, or the Internet are randomly wired together. Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, writes about recurring patterns and networks: “Coral reefs are sometimes called “the cities of the sea”, and we need to take the metaphor seriously: the reef ecosystem is so innovative because it shares some defining characteristics with actual cities. These patterns of innovation and creativity are fractal: they reappear in recognizable form as you zoom in and out, from molecule to neuron to pixel to sidewalk. Whether you’re looking at original innovations of carbon-based life, or the explosion of news tools on the web, the same shapes keep turning up... when life gets creative, it has a tendency to gravitate toward certain recurring patterns, whether those patterns are self-organizing, or whether they are deliberately crafted by human agents” “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. "...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 behavior of artificially intelligent computer code, new patterns emerge.” Geoffrey West, from The Santa Fe Institute, "...Network systems can sustain life at all scales, whether intracellularly or within you and me or in ecosystems or within a city.... If you have a million citizens in a city or if you have 1014 cells in your body, they have to be networked together in some optimal way for that system to function, to adapt, to grow, to mitigate, and to be long term resilient." Author Paul Stammetts writes about 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. "Adrian Bejan takes the recurring patterns in nature—trees, tributaries, air passages, neural networks, and lightning bolts—and reveals how a single principle of physics, the Constructal Law, accounts for the evolution of these and all other designs in our world. Everything—from biological life to inanimate systems—generates shape and structure and evolves in a sequence of ever-improving designs in order to facilitate flow. River basins, cardiovascular systems, and bolts of lightning are very efficient flow systems to move a current—of water, blood, or electricity. Geoffrey WEST on The sameness of organisms, cities, and corporations: http://blog.ted.com/2011/07/26/qa-with-geoffrey-west/ Stephen Johnson’s LONG VIEW http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/08/magazine/08games.html?pagewanted=all http://dumbofeather.com/blog/post/on-slime-molds-and-sewage-steven-johnson-s-origin-of-the-idea/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/oct/19/steven-johnson-good-ideas?cat=science&type=article A collaboration of /Jason Silva and /Notthisbody incorporating: /Aaron Koblin /entpm /Andrea Tseng /Genki Ito /ItoWorld /Dominic /Cheryl Colan /TheNightElfik /Paulskiart /Grant Kayl /blyon /resonance /gtAlumniMag /Katie Armstrong /Page Stephenson /Jesse Kanda /Jared Raab /Angela Palmer /elliottsellers /flight404 /Pedro Miguel Cruz /Takuya Hosogane /kimpimmel /Rob Whitworth **and some original animations from Tiffany Shlain's film CONNECTED: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology // music is Clint Mansell's "We're going home" from Moon Soundtrack. Buy it on iTunes!

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    • THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY

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      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 - http://vimeo.com/27671433 To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns - http://vimeo.com/34182381 Imagination - http://vimeo.com/34902950 Abundance - http://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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      • "RADICAL OPENNESS" - for TEDGlobal 2012 by @JasonSilva

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        RADICAL OPENNESS - An anthem on the power of IDEAS created by @JasonSilva at Therapy Studios. Presented at TEDGlobal 2012 - http://blog.ted.com/2012/06/26/exploring-openness-in-radical-video-jason-silva-at-tedglobal2012/ Follow me on Twitter: @JasonSilva | https://twitter.com/JasonSilva More of Jason's videos: VIMEO.com/JasonSilva Email: info@thisisjasonsilva.com Inspired by the ideas of TED, Chris Anderson, Richard Dawkins, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Steven Johnson, Kevin Kelly, Ray Kurzweil, Imaginary Foundation and many others. Dedicated to those who believe in IDEAS WORTH SPREADING!! Special thanks to BRUNO GIUSSANI, European Director, TED Conferences. Selected stock footage courtesy of Shutterstock. Still images provided by The Imaginary Foundation. Music composed and performed by Bix Sigurdsson. More Videos: Beginning of Infinity - vimeo.com/29938326 To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns - vimeo.com/34182381 Imagination - vimeo.com/34902950 Abundance - vimeo.com/34984088 Jason Silva profiled in The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/04/a-timothy-leary-for-the-viral-video-age/255691/

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        • The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck - by @JasonSilva

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          Follow me on twitter! @JasonSilva - https://twitter.com/JasonSilva This video was created by Jason Silva and shot and edited with my friends at Bravo Media, and is non-commercial and for educational and inspirational purposes only. Full credits and clip attributions can be found below. This video was inspired by three big ideas: 1) The ideas of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey who has written of "THE BIOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE OF BEING AWESTRUCK". Basically, our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive... "Humphrey refers to consciousness as a magic show that you stage for yourself inside your head, which lights up the world and makes you feel special and transcendent... this magical theater provides a reason to live, a love of occupying the present moment, and a desire to sustain it into the future, that over time has proved stronger than anything else, and accounts for humanity’s swift and triumphant success-- Humphrey says “being enchanted by the magic of experience, rather than being just an aid to survival, provides an essential incentive to survive.” "We relish just being here. We feel “the yen to confirm and renew, in small ways or large, our own occupancy of the present moment, to go deeper, to extend it, to revel in being there, and when we have the skill, to celebrate it in words..” Our desire to understand brings exquisite pleasure... and feeds our exploratory voyage, our scientific inquiry, our technological development, and even our poetic self-regard.. More: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703858404576214771893335998.html 2) The Stanford study that found that AWE is clinically good for you, expanding perception of time, increasing compassion and empathy and promoting well being: More: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/07/study-awe-inspiring-experiences-change-our-perception-of-time/260138/ 3) Ross Andersen's rapturous meditation on the ontological awakening of our psyches provided by the Hubble Space Telescope: "At first glancing the Deep FIELD “one might mistake it for gemstones scattered across black velvet, but a closer look reveals that each smudge of light, 2,600 in all, is a galaxy dense with billions of star-fired worlds, pinwheeling in deep time. … To that point, astronomy had imaged objects only four billion light years away, and poorly at that. Here a telescope reached 11 and a half billion light years into space and delivered an image legible to the layman: an unprecedented expansion of human vision." More: http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?id=331 **Music by John Murphy - "Kaneda's Death Pt 2" from Sunshine Soundtrack itunes.apple.com/us/album/sunshine-music-from-motion/id297702863 **Featuring Stock Footage from Shutterstock Still images courtesy of THE IMAGINARY FOUNDATION - http://www.imaginaryfoundation.com/ And clips from Knate Myers' "ISS at Night" featuring NASA images: http://vimeo.com/45878034 Camera: Liam O' Sullivan Edited by Jess Betz and Jason Silva Shot and edited at BRAVO MEDIA - http://bravomediainc.com/

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          • THE MIRRORING MIND - by @JasonSilva

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            Created by Jason Silva in collaboration with CITIZEN. Follow Jason on twitter @JASONSILVA - https://twitter.com/JasonSilva This video is a non-commercial work created to inspire, made for educational purposes, inspired by the ideas of Douglas Hofstadter explored in the magnificent book GODEL, ESCHER, BACH: An Eternal Golden Braid. Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gödel,_Escher,_Bach It offers my interpretation of Strange Loops of Self Reference, recursion, and the emergence of consciousness and self-awareness: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_loops "To Hofstadter, the human mind is a bright, shimmering, self-sustaining miracle of philosophical bootstrappery" - Lev Grossman, Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1599720,00.html#ixzz2MyMGywag "You know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your whole life" - The Matrix It is also inspired by some of the writing of Erik Davis in Techgnosis.com about the hero's journey taken by NEO in the Matrix in order to understand who he is: "Neo must then face his own Cartesian "passage through madness," melting into a mirror that alludes not only to Lewis Carroll but to the mystic-psychotic collapse and disappearance of the externalized ego that stabilizes our inner void. As Neo phases out of the Matrix, he opens up, however briefly, the fractured bardo that is the secret thrill of every fan of the "false reality" genre: the moment when baseline reality dissolves but no new world has yet emerged in its pixelating wake. This is the most radical moment of the cogito, but it's tough to sustain." More: http://www.techgnosis.com/chunkshow-single.php?chunk=chunkfrom-2006-04-16-0544-0.txt It features the track "The Awakening" by Andy Quinn Support REMIX CULTURE! Select stock footage courtesy of Shutterstock Edited by Citizen Select Motion graphics by Alberto Reyes Camera by: +Aziz Featuring archival footage by: Eraserhead David Lynch Narcissism https://vimeo.com/28582756 Black Mirror Trailer - Somewhere II - https://vimeo.com/31825770 Adobe: Eternal Return - https://vimeo.com/51407191 Way II War - https://vimeo.com/35113379 Helvetia's Dream - https://vimeo.com/52123602 le Miroir - https://vimeo.com/45135870 The Ape that got Lucky - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2ZE2NGvJ0I Amazing Apes: Self-awareness - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-pc_M2qI74 Hundred Waters "Boreal" - https://vimeo.com/59079498 Kenzo 'Electric Jungle' - https://vimeo.com/59653641 Bat For Lashes "Lilies" - https://vimeo.com/60037201 pariah - signal loss - https://vimeo.com/58729480 Interlace - https://vimeo.com/9687881 Outside of God - https://vimeo.com/36913149

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            • THE SIX EPOCHS OF EVOLUTION by @JasonSilva

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              This video maps out Kurzweil's SIX EPOCHS OF EVOLUTION showing the exponential progression in the way the universe stores and processes information... what we see is a bootstrapping recursive complexification leading us towards some kind of intelligence singularity. Created for Educational Purposes Only and non-commercial use by Jason Silva. Created to inspire. FOLLOW Jason on Twitter: @JASONSILVA CONTACT Jason: info(at)ThisIsJasonSilva(dot)com MORE JASON VIDEOS: Http://vimeo.com/JasonSilva Learn more about Artificial Intelligence: http://www.amazon.com/How-Create-Mind-Thought-Revealed/dp/0670025291 Learn about about technology and mysticism via Erik Davis TECHGNOSIS: http://www.amazon.com/TechGnosis-Magic-Mysticism-Information-Fiction/dp/1852427728 A cinematic Espresso shot by @JasonSilva Edited by Dan McComb Music by Nicholas Cotton Images by Shutterstock and ImaginaryFoundation.com Shot at Bravo Media in NYC: BravoMediaInc.com

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              • ATTENTION: The Immersive Power of Cinema

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                The video is for non-commercial use and for educational purposes only. ATTENTION explores the power of "rhetorical technologies" like cinema and storytelling to capture and manage attention.. Attention is required for any kind of interpersonal persuasion, transformation or growth--- so deep immersion matters! This video was inspired by the essay VIRTUAL REALITY AND HALLUCINATION by Diana Slattery: http://www.realitysandwich.com/virtual_reality_and_hallucination Also by Frank Rose's THE ART OF IMMERSION Video edited by Ben Cawiezel Music by Bethoven: Fur Elise Footage by Shutterstock and some archival footage.

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                • How Psychedelics Helped Invent The Internet? REASON TV interviews Jason Silva

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                  REASON TV interview: "Taking a page from Timothy Leary, the folks behind the Whole Earth Catalog, Ray Kurzweil, and other visionaries, Silva's work looks at the ways in technological progress is allowing humans to direct their own evolution. And the ways in which prohibitionists of all stripes push back on new ways of being human." "Etymologically speaking, after all, computers are literally psychedelic; that is, they manifest the mind." -Erik Davies. "People have always sort of been scared of new technologies," says Silva. "But in the end we assimilate them and they improve the quality of our lives." Interview by Reason's Zach Weissmueller. Shot and edited by Sharif Matar. About 11 minutes long." More Performing Philosophy and Philosophical Espresso: The Beginning Of Infinity - vimeo.com/29938326 You are a RCVR - vimeo.com/27671433 To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns - vimeo.com/34182381 Imagination - vimeo.com/34902950 Abundance - http://vimeo.com/34984088

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                  • FROM PSYCHEDELICS TO CYBERDELICS: Jason Silva on Creativity and 'Mind-Expanding' Technologies..

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                    FROM PSYCHEDELICS TO CYBERDELICS: Exploring some of the ideas of John Markoff's "What The Doormouse Said", about the co-mingling of the counterculture movement of the 60's and the early computer revolution.. Is google the first psychedelically informed superpower? EDITED BY: PyroVesten Jason Silva at Festival Of Dangerous Ideas - Sydney Opera House, 2012. Please feel free to share/use this video or parts of it in any way you wish. This was an audience question following "We Are The Gods Now". This video was made for personal pleasure and falls under Fair Use. Thanks Sydney Opera House, Festival Of Dangerous Ideas, Jason Silva, Alexandra Footage: @Alexandrama11, BBC, Cambridge University, freehd, Google, IMAX Hubble 3D, internet-map.net PyroVesten, Ivan Dimkovic/SpikeFun, microworldsphotography.com, NASA, Opte Project, ProvidenceFX, videezy.com Images: NASA, PyroVesten Audio: Funkadelic Best viewed: With an expanded associative net.

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                    • WE ARE THE GODS NOW - Jason's speech at Sydney Opera House

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                      WE ARE THE GODS NOW: This was my keynote speech at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas - which took place at the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House.

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