When Elon Musk’s reusable rockets landed themselves perfectly, history was made. Here was a miracle of engineering, defying expectations, and inspiring millions of people. These self-landing rockets achieved the seemingly impossible and became a metaphor for what human beings can achieve at their best.
Can We Unplug From the Matrix? | Jason Silva (Shots of Awe)
Jason Silva: Human beings inhabit an invisible fluid of cultural programming. Our actions and even our thoughts are socialized into place until we are simply running a script and following instructions without ever asking ourselves whether this script serves our personal development or curiosity. We must learn to free ourselves of this invisible matrix, and take control of our lives.
Jason Silva brilliantly describes how words shape your reality, and how Terrance McKenna was right when he said “the world is made of words.”
I am a lover of language. I use language to tile reality, to clothe reality in description and prose. I language therefore I become. I believe the world is made of words and if you know the words the world is made of you can make of it whatever you wish, said McKenna.
One of the coolest notions I’ve ever come across about the transformative and transporting power of language is the notion that words are not just descriptive – that words in fact are generative! Hold that in mind for a moment my friend – that the use of language, the words you use to describe reality can in fact engender reality, can disclose reality. Words are generative!
So people often ask me how do you memorize? Why do you memorize so many quotes, because I do man – they are the wallpaper of my mind – it’s full of prose. And, I don’t know by what act I actually put them into memory, but I can tell you that the reason that I love to recite quotes is because I believe that the quotes that resonate, the ones that give me goosebumps, the ones that make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, are incantations.
They are spells, right? There’s a dream weaving and a sorcery that is employed, that is deployed through language. To speak is to enact an indentation, right? So, my favorite quotes are these magical incantations and as I recite therefore I become. I recite therefore I become – that makes perfect sense, right?
This ecstatic articulation and empowered vocalization makes us what Walter Benjamin calls enraptured prose beings raised to the highest order. We create and perceive our world through language. We think reality into existence through linguistic construction in real time. We are made of language.
And this concept is instantiated even in our biology. DNA is code. We are alphabetic all the way down. Our genes are software programs. Even the material world is made but of atoms programmed into certain instantiation.
McKenna was right. The world is made of words and if you know the words the world is made of you can make of it whatever you wish. So take responsibility for this metaphysical tool employ language with discernment and intention and agency and become an author of reality!
Are You a Seeker? This Stunning Video Brilliantly Describes a Seeker in Just 99 Seconds
In this highly entertaining 3-minute video, Jason Silva explains how music can heal us. Below is the full transcript:
The human mind can only perceive three dimensions of physical space and then the fourth dimension of time. So again, space and time is the space in which we dwell – the dimension in which we live. We can’t see or perceive other dimensions, so for the time being we are limited to this four-dimensional reality.
What’s really interesting is our capacity to pattern that four-dimensional reality. And one of the reasons that I love things like music is that music and cinema and media is a kind of painting in time. You know, whereas other artwork like if you look at a painting on the wall. That is a static 2D image – that is not necessarily an experience that unfolds in time. It’s an experience that unfolds in space.
But music is a pattern slice of space and time. Music is a subjective experience that you actually step into and that actually unfolds in the dimension in which we actually live and breathe, which is that four-dimensional reality. So, when you talk about the power of rhythm, when you talk of a power of collective ecstasy – why people go to concerts, why people go to festivals – because the musicians essentially start by instrumental rhythm. So, all of a sudden, they create a collective synchronized rhythm, that again, is patterned in space and in time.
And you’re hearing it, and it loops around. It’s like dat-da-dat-dat-da-dat…
So, you start to pattern the rhythm that unfolds in space and time. And then you invite the audience to step into it. So, all of a sudden everybody becomes synchronized, you know. So, we all become one thing and that’s what’s called collective experience.
In that ecstasis, in that merger where everybody become synchronized under one patterned experience that unfolds in space and in time is when music purges us. It’s when music leads to that aesthetic arrest, that consummation. We pop out on the other side of that experience saying, “Oh my God, that festival was amazing. I feel so connected to the people; the vibes were so good. You had to be there to know what I feel.”
These experiences are ineffable – they are beyond articulation. Words do not give them justice. We can’t just tile the experience over with description. You have to see it to believe it; you have to experience to know what I’m talking about.
The ineffability of these of these musical ecstatics – of this capacity of music and concert and vibe and people together to create these shared ecstasy, this electronic Buddhism, in which the self vanishes – is one way in which we escape death. It’s one way in which we pierce the finite, and for a second we become infinite.
And this is a beautiful thing. It’s why I pattern playlists of music on my phone. That’s why I hang out with friends and always want to play the music in the background. I mean, this is what we do: we pattern, we colonize, we decorate, we architect, we stage space and time!
We are four dimensional engineers, my friends. That’s what we are.
This Amazing Video Inspires Us To Live Life To The Fullest
In this highly inspirational and stunningly beautiful video called “Existential Bummer,” Jason Silva asks: How should we react to the fact that everything we love will eventually turn into dust? Watch his heartfelt response and feel your love for life expand.
In this episode of Shots Of Awe Jason Silva talks a little about the “glorious epiphany” of a kiss. A feeling of constant explosion and desire and longing and meeting of minds and bodies. Watch this video and explore the emotions involved in this basic of all human touches.
Inspirational video with Jason Silva on how we create serendipity. “Here juxtaposition is revealed as the basic formal operation of synchronicity, as two apparently unrelated events or elements suddenly form a secret link that strikes, in the mind of the perceiver, an evanescent lightning bolt of meaning.” – Erik Davis
“The gesture of the amorous embrace seems to fulfill, for a time, the subject’s dream of total union with the loved being: The longing for consummation with the other…” – Roland Barthes
Jason Silva (Shots of Awe) slows down a bit in this video to get sweet and melancholy about the great yearnings and possibilities of BIG, romantic, Romeo and Juliet type love. He warns us against the cynical reduction of love to a mere series of chemical reactions and reminds us that true love is much more than a cocaine-type reaction. It’s a soul’s yearning to unite with another and to experience “that moment, those goosebumps, that tenderness.”
“The world’s most famous and popular language is music.” – Psy
Jason Silva talks about the power of music and how we can become infinite with music – if only for a brief moment. Silva says that music is like a painting in time – it unfolds in time. Music is a subjective experience that you actually step in to.
“Our destiny is to become what we think, to have our thoughts become our bodies and our bodies become our thoughts.” – Terence McKenna
Jason Silva (video transcript):
So we have a constant conversation in society about the role technology in the world, right? Mankind has this capacity to extend his agency into these scaffoldings, into tools that are beyond his biological skin tissue. We extend our mindware out into world.
The Mars Rover right now, you know, crawls the surface of Mars extending our optic nerve into space. That is what we do with our tools and increasingly these tools are giving us transformation, disruption. They’re giving us new construction kits for our reality.
You know, Mark Pesci has a great line. He says that advances in emerging biotechnology, which gives us the power to harness the software of life, and an emerging technologies of nanotech which allow us to pattern the physical Adams of the physical world, increasingly are making the world linguistically pliable.
DNA is code. The material science of nanotechnology allows us to turn this into something that can be rendered at the speed of thought.
This notion of reality, of the world becoming linguistically pliable, tells us that mind, that agency, that sentience has overpowered the biosphere. The mind sphere, the noosphere, is now of force of geological impact.
Consider that the next time you’re sitting at dinner talking to somebody about the role of technology. I mean it’s really like – it’s the bursting forth of a new agency, a new agent of evolution.
We are evolution evolving its own evolvability, right? Who knows where we’re going to go with that?