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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  • "To entertain such ontologies is to re-contextualize one's self as a marvelous conduit in a timeless whole, through which...

    The Ecstasy of Curiosity

    "To entertain such ontologies is to re-contextualize one's self as a marvelous conduit in a timeless whole, through which molecules and meaning flow, from nebulae to neurons and back again." - Tim...

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  • "The 'Instagram Generation' now experiences the present as an anticipated memory"
-Professor Daniel Kahneman
Psychologist...

    The Instagram Generation

    "The 'Instagram Generation' now experiences the present as an anticipated memory" -Professor Daniel Kahneman Psychologist and Nobel Prize winner

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  • Expanding our "possibility space". Humanity is a process, we are not really beings but "becomings".
- Kevin Kelly

    The Power of Possibility

    Expanding our "possibility space". Humanity is a process, we are not really beings but "becomings". - Kevin Kelly

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  • Techno-Perceptual Expansion: Our tools expand what we see.

    Expanding Our Perception

    Techno-Perceptual Expansion: Our tools expand what we see.

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  • "Because we can imagine, we are free."
- Jean-Paul Sartre

    The Imaginary Foundation

    "Because we can imagine, we are free." - Jean-Paul Sartre

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  • "The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how nanotechnology and genetic engineering will eliminate aversive experience from the...

    The End Of Suffering

    "The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how nanotechnology and genetic engineering will eliminate aversive experience from the living world...Malaise will be replaced by the biochemistry of bliss..." ...

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  • "The artist takes in the world, but instead of being oppressed by it, he reworks it in his own personality and recreates it...

    The Ecstasy of Art

    "The artist takes in the world, but instead of being oppressed by it, he reworks it in his own personality and recreates it in the work of art." -Ernest Becker

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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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