Shots of Awe

Ever ponder the miracle of life? Or perhaps wonder about the evolution of intelligence? In Shots of Awe, "Performance Philosopher" Jason Silva chases his inspiration addiction as he explores these topics and more. Every week Jason freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz.

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  • "This is one aspect of the basic human predicament, that we are simultaneously worms and gods."
- Abraham Maslow

    Character Is A Vital Lie

    "This is one aspect of the basic human predicament, that we are simultaneously worms and gods." - Abraham Maslow

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  • "Men cannot endure his own littleness unless he can translate it into meaningfulness on the Largest possible level" - Ernest...

    Shots of Awe: The Creative Urge

    "Men cannot endure his own littleness unless he can translate it into meaningfulness on the Largest possible level" - Ernest Becker

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  • "The arch of complexity and open-ended creation in the last four billion years is nothing compared to what lies ahead...

    Biology and Self Organization

    "The arch of complexity and open-ended creation in the last four billion years is nothing compared to what lies ahead." - Kevin Kelly

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  • Matter acts, but there are no actors behind the actions:the verbs are verbing all by themselves without a need to introduce...

    Verbs are Verbing

    Matter acts, but there are no actors behind the actions:the verbs are verbing all by themselves without a need to introduce nouns. Actions act upon their actions. Properties are all there is. Indeed:...

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  • Man has a mind that soars out to speculate about atoms and infinity, who can place himself imaginatively at a point in space...

    Conquering Death

    Man has a mind that soars out to speculate about atoms and infinity, who can place himself imaginatively at a point in space and contemplate bemusedly his own planet... - Ernest Becker

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  • "Long ago man formed an ideal conception of omnipotence and omniscience which he embodied in his gods. Whatever seemed...

    Mirroring Gods

    "Long ago man formed an ideal conception of omnipotence and omniscience which he embodied in his gods. Whatever seemed unattainable to his desires - or forbidden to him - he attributed to these...

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  • "Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven." 
	-Alphonse de Lamartine

    What Is Poetry?

    "Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven." -Alphonse de Lamartine

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  • Cinema is truth 24 times per second. 

-Godard

    Cinema is Cartography For the Mind

    Cinema is truth 24 times per second. -Godard

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  • "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music"
	-Nietzsche

    Nonconformity and the Creative Life

    "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music" -Nietzsche

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  • Stendhal Syndrome: "A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give weight in...

    Stendhal Syndrome: Can Art Destroy Us?

    Stendhal Syndrome: "A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give weight in one's life...There is an urge to say, 'I was here, I saw this, and it...

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  • "If properly harnessed, there's enough sunlight that falls on the earth in just one hour to meet the world's energy demands...

    The Solutions Project

    "If properly harnessed, there's enough sunlight that falls on the earth in just one hour to meet the world's energy demands for a whole year."

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  • "The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words...

    World In A Sentence

    "The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish." - Terence...

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  • "I have a feeling Virtual Reality will further expose the conceit that 'reality' is a fact. It will provide another reminder...

    Reality of the Virtual

    "I have a feeling Virtual Reality will further expose the conceit that 'reality' is a fact. It will provide another reminder of the seamless continuity between the world outside and the world within...

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"We are as gods and might as well get good at it...

    To Be Human Is To Be Transhuman

    Check out Second Chance Subaru at http://www.revision3.com/subaru "We are as gods and might as well get good at it." Stewart Brand

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  • "Scary movies and skydiving are examples of metacognitive hacks of the
human operating system, allowing us to transform our...

    Adrenaline Hack

    "Scary movies and skydiving are examples of metacognitive hacks of the human operating system, allowing us to transform our adrenaline-fueled fear response into a a source of aesthetic and...

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  • Check out Second Chance Subaru at http://www.revision3.com/subaru

"Love at first sight is always spoken in the past...

    Love is the Greatest Pain

    Check out Second Chance Subaru at http://www.revision3.com/subaru "Love at first sight is always spoken in the past tense. The scene is perfectly adapted to this temporal phenomenon: distinct...

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  • "Democracy is an imperfect way of steering between the violence of anarchy and the violence of tyranny, with the least...

    Safety

    "Democracy is an imperfect way of steering between the violence of anarchy and the violence of tyranny, with the least violence you can get away with. So I don't think it's a triumph, but it's the...

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  • Dopamine. We are addicted to exploring the perimeters of possibility.

    We are Addicted to the New

    Dopamine. We are addicted to exploring the perimeters of possibility.

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  • "Reality, it seems, is multiple, and tightly coupled to perception. The conditions of perception can be varied within a...

    Technologies of Ecstasy

    "Reality, it seems, is multiple, and tightly coupled to perception. The conditions of perception can be varied within a broad range by a variety of psychedelic technologies." -Diana Slattery

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  • "Beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an...

    Transfixed by Beauty

    "Beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace." -Imaginary Foundation

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