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Jason Silva

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Reality Is in the Context of the Beholder

(8) Comments | Posted November 17, 2012 | 1:00 PM

TED and The Huffington Post are excited to bring you TEDWeekends, a curated weekend program that introduces a powerful "idea worth spreading" every Friday, anchored in an exceptional TEDTalk. This week's TEDTalk is accompanied by an original blog post from the featured speaker, along with new...

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Koyakatsi: Enter the Civilization of Light With Director Ayoub Qanir

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 9:50 AM

It is said by some of the smartest technologists in the world today that exponentially emerging technologies are leading to overlapping revolutions in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and perhaps most importantly, artificial intelligence and robotics -- the last of which will soon surpass human intelligence. Once this happens, experts predict, this non-biological...

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TED and TEDActive Offer Immersive Inspiration and Radical Insight

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 3:19 PM

"He who speaks in primordial images speaks with a thousand voices; he enthralls and overpowers, while at the same time he lifts the idea he is trying to express out of the occasional and the transitory into the realm of the ever enduring." -- Carl Jung

The TED Conference has...

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The Beginning of Infinity

(2) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 2:35 PM


This video below is inspired, in part, by the ideas explored in David Deutsch's new book, The Beginning of Infinity. We hope it moves you.

In our work, we use the tools of editing: we juxtapose transcalar imagery, cutting and overlapping the very small and the very large......

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Finding Joe Documentary Reminds Us of Our Hero's Journey

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 6:55 PM

The documentary Finding Joe, directed by Patrick Takaya Solomon, is a heart warming and inspired retelling of Joseph Campbell's iconic Hero's Journey, one that lucidly walks us through perhaps the archetype of archetypes, the diagram for self-realization and psychological illumination known as the monomyth.

Joseph Campbell was a man who...

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The Performing Philosophers

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 5:25 PM

"We are enraptured prose-beings raised to the highest power". - Walter Benjamin, On Hashish

Timothy Leary and Buckminster Fuller called themselves "performing philosophers", using the power of media communication to spread galactic-sized ideas about the state of the species in relation to the wider universe. Timothy Leary used to say,...

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On Creativity, Marijuana and "a Butterfly Effect in Thought"

(9) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 9:58 AM

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive." [...] " some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating."- Pearl Buck, Winner of a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938.

In a blog post...

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The Imaginary Foundation Says "Great Art Expands the Way We See"

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 12:23 PM

The following is an Interview with The Director of The Imaginary Foundation, (reposted with permission from The Imaginary Foundation from a recent feature in Juxtapoz Magazine)

The Imaginary Foundation is a think tank from Switzerland that does experimental research on new ways of thinking and the power of...

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Darwin's Pharmacy: Sex, Plants and the Evolution of the Noosphere

(5) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 1:24 PM

Richard Doyle also goes by mobius, an indicator of just how important interconnections are to him -- and how transformative, bedeviling and hypnotic his ideas can be. As a professor of English and science, technology, and society at Pennsylvania State University, he has taught courses in the history and rhetoric...

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The Singularity is Here

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 12:48 AM

Ray Kurzweil's fascinating extrapolations concerning the future of technology have finally gone mainstream: Over the last several months Kurzweil has had a cover story in Time magazine, his documentary Transcendent Man, directed by Barry Ptolemy is all over iTunes and beyond, and Ray has appeared on Charlie Rose, Jimmy Kimmel...

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The 'Transcendent' Singularity is Near

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 11:56 AM

Ray Kurzweil has become a pop culture phenomenon. The Singularity thesis has gone mainstream, and for those who still have any doubts, look no farther than the recent TIME Magazine cover story, "2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal".

Barry Ptolemy's film, Transcendent Man,...

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(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 1:30 PM

Alan Harrington eloquently wrote in The Immortalist that we should all strive to remain, "uncompromising child-voyagers and retain a child's eye view of what might be." And isn't this what we've always been told: to stay open, believe in the impossible, to feed our curiosity?

Perhaps the best way to...

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Oh to Wanderfly (and How It'll Help You Travel)

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 9:05 AM

"Romantic poets inaugurated an era of travel because they were the great apostles of open eyes. Buddhist monks are often vagabonds, in part because they believe in wakefulness. And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it's a heightened state of awareness, in which we...

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LOVELAND and the Imagination Age

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 2:01 PM

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose & imaginative vision against the play-it-safes, the creatures of the common place, the slaves of the ordinary."
-- Sir Cecil Beaton

Photo by Joshua S Fouts.


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Package Design and the New Imagineers: A Conversation with Film Director Ayoub Qanir

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 2:54 PM

In today's over cluttered info-verse, conveying meaningful ideas and content is an ever-increasing challenge. Designers have to work tirelessly to make images and story more intuitive, original, and impacting -- ideas need to have wit and sleekness in their very embodiment....

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Linda Mishkin: They broke the Mold When They Made You

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 7:03 PM

There are educators and then there are classroom heroes: those beacons of inspiration that transform lives, stir souls and help minds flourish. Linda Mishkin is one of these individuals.


One of the many things that excites me about The Huffington Post's new Education section...

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Filmmaker Lucy Walker is Making an IMPACT

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 12:34 PM

I'll keep it short and sweet: Lucy Walker is here to make an IMPACT. This documentary filmmaker has established herself as a tour-de-force; a true force of nature with not one, but TWO films in Sundance earlier this year: Countdown to Zero and Wasteland.

Now with one of her...

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OTYP is Making Biotech Cool

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 6:12 PM

If we want to live in a world that cures the worst diseases that plague us or use bacteria to create renewable energy sources, we need innovators and entrepreneurs in biology and biotechnology. Today the methods of instruction in pre-collegiate classes fails miserably both at getting students excited about biotech...

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Turning Into Gods (or the Marriage of Science and Art)

(17) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 1:02 PM

People often talk about a bleak future for the planet and for humanity. What they fail to consider is the far-reaching potential of human ingenuity and creativity, as well as the implications of exponential growth in technology.

Technology is the means by which we have decommissioned natural selection and are...

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We are the Music Makers and We are the Dreamers of Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 7:34 PM

"TED is an incubator of thought: a realm of "commingled information, interweaved sensation, and co-opted dreams." - (Wildcat)

The TED Conference is a place where inspiration rules, and revelatory ecstasy oozes from your pores. A place where intellectual magnificence meets real world applications; where the impossible becomes possible and astonishing...

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