Jason Silva
Venezuelan television personality
Jason Silva
Jason Silva is a Venezuelan-American television personality, filmmaker, gonzo journalist and founding producer/host for Current TV, the Emmy winning youth-oriented lifestyle cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. He resides in Los Angeles, California. Silva earned a degree in film and philosophy from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
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The Science of Awe And Why It Matters At Work
Huffington Post - about 1 month
This article first appeared on QuietRev.com Awe has been getting increased press lately. Along with mindfulness and compassion,awe is now the subject of scientific research at the University of California, Berkeley, and other leading institutions around the world. Dacher Keltner, a psychologist at UC Berkeley, has shown that awe leads to greater humility, curiosity, innovation, happiness, and a desire to contribute to the world. Which makes it a pretty natural fit for the workplace—who doesn’t want employees and managers running the show with greater innovation and better working relationships? Awe is often described as a heightened awareness of beauty and mystery, and it’s most commonly induced when we are among natural wonders or with inspiring leaders. Most of the research on awe has focused on taking people out into nature and documenting the consequent reduction of their stress levels and increase in creativity. But what about the awe we feel when in the presence of an incre ...
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Daily Meditation: Life As A Seeker
Huffington Post - 7 months
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life. Today’s meditation features a video from modern-day philosopher Jason Silva’s YouTube channel, Shots of Awe. In the video, Silva explores what it means to be a seeker ― someone who strives to know and transform the world in beautiful ways. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Interview With Futurist Jason Silva, Host of <i>Brain Games</i>
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
I discovered Jason Silva through my teenage daughters. They don't watch too much television, so when I would hear them getting excited each week to watch the new episode of a show called Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel, I became intrigued. As I watched the show, I started to understand, as the Emmy-nominated Brain Games series, with its charismatic host Jason Silva, is engaging, entertaining, fun, thought provoking and subversively educational. I soon discovered Jason's original video series Shots of Awe, and realized the Brain Games host has many attributes -- he is also a contemporary, modern-day philosopher, filmmaker and futurist, or as he described himself in our interview, a "media artist" "wonder junkie" who "relishes cognitive ecstasy" described by one of his friends as an "ontological DJ" "remixing reality," and "making you look at the world in a new way." As he told me, "I'm addicted to wonder." As I experienced when I interviewed him last week for AO ...
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Mark Ruffalo Wants You to Imagine a 100 Percent Clean Energy Future
Mother Jones - about 3 years
For Mark Ruffalo, environmental activism started out with something to oppose, to be against: Fracking. It all began when the actor, perhaps best known for his role as Bruce Banner (The Hulk) in Marvel's The Avengers, was raising his three small children in the town of Callicoon, in upstate New York. At that time the Marcellus Shale fracking boom was coming on strong and was poised to expand into New York, even as the area also saw a series of staggering floods, each one seemingly more unprecedented than the last. "That was alarming," remembers Ruffalo on the latest episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast (stream below). "Not only alarming to me, but also alarming to all the farmers who used to make fun of me for talking about climate change and global warming." In response, Ruffalo launched Water Defense, a nonprofit that takes on fracking and extreme or unconventional energy extraction in general (from mountaintop removal mining to deep sea drilling), and does so with a foc ...
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Filmmaker Jason Silva Is Inspiring Us To Live Life To The Fullest (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This video will possibly inspire you, make you tear up, and convince you to go out and start living life to the fullest -- all in three minutes. For the last few months, filmmaker Jason Silva has been impressing us with his philosophical YouTube series, "Shots of Awe." This installment, called "Existential Bummer," is no exception. In it, Silva asks: How should we react to the fact that everything we love will eventually come to an end? Watch his response above.
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Stephanie Spiro: After Graduation: Study Broadly and Without Fear
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's a time for graduations and new beginnings, so I decided to go digging for advice. After some Internet surfing, I found a YouTube episode of the Vlogbrothers (the hugely popular vlog by brothers John and Hank Green). In this particular episode, bestselling author John Green was advising his hoards of mostly tween-age fans, called "Nerdfighters," to "study broadly and without fear." As I listened, I flipped through nearly two thousand of my iPhone memories from around the world this year, marveling at how well Green's advice applies to life after graduation. I immediately clicked over to "performing philosopher" Jason Silva's most recent "shot of philosophical espresso," which is now a part of a web series called "Shots of Awe," hosted by Discovery on their new web station, TestTube. Silva starts the video with a definition of awe as "an experience of such perceptual vastness you literally have to reconfigure your mental models of the world to assimilat ...
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Video: Brain Games: Can you outsmart these puzzles?
CBS News - over 3 years
Jason Silva, host of National Geographic's program "Brain Games," speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about using experiments to challenge what we think we know about the brain.
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WATCH: This Video Will Jump Start Your Life In Less That 3 Minutes
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In under 180 seconds, this video will rewire your brain and have you seeing the world with new eyes. Jason Silva, host of National Geographic's Brain Games, is delivering invigorating espresso shots of philosophy through his new YouTube series, 'Shots of Awe.' The performance philosopher uses his weekly videos to examine the human experience with energy and an uplifting sense of optimism. In last week's video, Silva discussed how we can shock our systems into experiencing even our must mundane routines with a sense of wonder. Prepare to be awed. H/T: Upworthy
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5 common noggin myths busted by 'Brain Games'
USA Today - over 3 years
National Geographic's 'Brain Games' star Jason Silva weighs in on some common misconceptions.
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Zaid Al-Zaidy: New Digital Frontiers At #SXSWi 2013
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Instead of leaving Austin's SXSWi 2013 with a large sack full of complex, emerging technology news with little or no practical application to the brands and businesses we work on, I want to highlight two "Disruptive" technology movements that can help marketers transform what they do today. Physical is the new digital frontier This feels like one of the biggest themes in SXSWi '13, that the most exciting developments in technology will no longer be defined by what we can achieve virtually, but by what we can do to enhance the physical world by overlaying seamless digital experiences. The Google Glass project is a perfect example - a digital screen, wearable as a pair of spectacles, that overlays current smart phone functionality onto what you can see, like "film + share" what you see, finding directions, creating sending and receiving SMS messages and accessing basic information like time &amp; temperature. Jason Silva, futurist &amp; philosopher, described Google Gla ...
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Jason Silva: Reality Is in the Context of the Beholder
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
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 op-eds, thoughts and responses from the HuffPost community. Watch the talk above, read the blog post and tell us your thoughts below. Become part of the conversation! Watch Beau Lotto's talk above on optical illusions and how information can differ depending on perception. Beau Lotto's TEDTalk on optical illusions uses some brilliant visual experiments and demonstrations to highlight the crucial role of context in any situation. Through a series of illusions, Beau makes a point that we can never really know anything outside of its context, even things we are looking at with our eyes -- context really is everything. Reality is in the context of the beholder! After gasping at how ...
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David Shing: SIC Video Interview With Jason Silva
Huffington Post - over 4 years
This one is hard to know where to start. Described as a modern day Timothy Leary, reminiscent of an excited teenager, and a self-titled futurist, Jason Silva is moving towards infinity in all directions. Just trust me. In 2012 Jason Silva's videos on the role the intersection of humanity and technology will play on our future and our own human abilities have become more than viral. He has spoken at TED Global, The Economist's Idea Conference and DLD and been covered by every one from Forbes to Wired. I sat down with Jason to discuss his latest epiphany on the subject of "awe" and where our brains will go next. My brain is still trying to wrap itself around our talk.
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Jason Silva: Koyakatsi: Enter the Civilization of Light With Director Ayoub Qanir
Huffington Post - over 4 years
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 intelligence will be able to upgrade itself ad infinitum. What may emerge from this phase-change in the evolution of intelligence, is by all accounts runaway evolution on hyper-speed -- an intelligence that will saturate the universe, or to use famed futurist Ray Kurzweil's term, these digital minds will "impregnate the universe with intelligence." A potential break in the human continuum serves as the backdrop to my dear friend and fellow filmmaker Ayoub Qanir's latest film project. In development for two years, Koyakatsi is equal parts science and art -- a mind-bending marriage of grit, fantasy and style. The impor ...
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Jason Silva: Wonder junkie
CBS News - over 4 years
Filmmaker and media artist Jason Silva talks to Anthony Mason, Gayle King and James Brown about using new technology to get people excited about philosophy and science.
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Volunteers and CVSan Customers Show Their Green Spirit
Castro Valley - almost 5 years
By Alameda County Waste Management With thousands throughout the Bay paying homage to Mother Earth this past week, Castro Valley residents and businesses joined in the Earth Day Celebration at Canyon Middle School on Saturday, April 28, as part of the Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) Earth Day Clean-up and Recycle event. More than 1,200 participants dropped off reusable goods, pharmaceuticals, and documents for shredding. Local volunteers and staff from Waste Management teamed up to collect reusable goods, 295 pounds of pharmaceuticals and 450 boxes of documents for shredding. “Castro Valley residents ‘closed the loop’ by taking home bags of WM EarthCare compost made from their very own food scraps and yard trimmings,” said Roland P. Williams, Jr., General Manager. “We have become a true example of sustainability.” CVSan customers drove away with more than 3,900 free bags of WM EARTHCARE™ HOMEGROWN COMPOST. Distributed by Waste Management staff, the high-quality, 100-per ...
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Steve's Market Wins Fight Over Parking Meters
Salem Patch - almost 5 years
The popular Steve's Quality Market and neighboring businesses won a victory in the Salem parking wars Monday night. Besieged by more than 4,000 signatures on a petition against putting in four-hour parking meters in front of the market, the mayor and a city council committee put a stop to the meters at the market and nearby businesses, including the U.S. Post Office. “The community has spoken,” said Tom Daniel, the city's economic development manager, who headed the parking study task force. “The poles (for the new meters) need to come out. We will tell the contractor.” The city's new parking plan is in the process of being implemented. New smart meters and smart computer software for the parking garages are expected to be installed by the end of June. The city will then conduct a 90-day assessment of how the plan is working and ask the Council to make changes. Steve's Quality Market at 36 Margin St. had launched a petition drive to fight plans by the city to install four-h ...
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How To Create And Share Awe [Need To Know]
PSFK - almost 5 years
Filmmaker and futurist Jason Silva discusses how have the ability to sculpt our experience and then drive it to new heights.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jason Silva
    TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 30
    On September 24, 2012 he appeared on Australian ABC program Q&A alongside Tanya Plibersek, Kelly O'Dwyer, Mark Carnegie & Elliot Perlman.
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    In September 2012, Silva presented his Radical Openness videos at the opening keynote at Microsoft TechEd Australia.
    More Details Hide Details Silva has been featured in The Atlantic, The Economist, Vanity Fair, Forbes, Wired, and many others.
    On August 15, 2012 he appeared on CBS This Morning.
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  • 2011
    Age 29
    In 2011 he became a fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute, examining the symbiosis between man and machine.
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  • 2008
    Age 26
    On May 10, 2008, Silva (along with Current TV co-host Max Lugavere, Lisa Ling, and June Arunga) hosted the first annual Pangea Day—a live 4-hour program of film, music, and speakers broadcast worldwide to over 150 countries and with a projected audience of 500 million people.
    More Details Hide Details The goal of the event, created by filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and TED curator Chris Anderson, was to unite the people of the world through the power of film. An active and prolific speaker, Silva has recently spoken at Google, The Economist Ideas Festival, the prestigious DLD Digital Life Design Conference in Munich, TEDGlobal, The Singularity Summit, the PSFK Conference and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. At TEDGlobal this past June 2012, Jason premiered "Radical Openness," a new short video.
  • 2005
    Age 23
    From 2005 to 2011, Silva was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content.
    More Details Hide Details He co-hosted the show "Max and Jason" with Max Lugavere and they became a prolific hosting and producing duo, with stories ranging from illegal immigration and counterfeit IDs, to profiling a brave new singer songwriter right before signing a publishing deal, to a taped philosophical sit-down with director Darren Aronofsky. Their story on counterfeit IDs earned them a featured appearance and interview on Anderson Cooper 360. Their franchise, "Max and Jason Style" was one of the hallmarks of their work on Current TV. They covered issues in a distinctly unique way - often juxtaposing telegenic images and a heightened filmmaking aesthetic with bold and intelligent content. He left the network in 2011 to become, according to The Atlantic, "a part-time filmmaker and full-time walking, talking TEDTalk." Silva produced and directed a short documentary film titled The Immortalists, profiling scientists and philosophers, including Ray Kurzweil, about the philosophical implications of tinkering with our biology, merging with our technologies and overcoming our biological limitations. Inspired by the Stewart Brand quote: "We are as gods and might as well get good at it," the film is a love letter to science and technology. The film generated buzz among transhumanist circles for its impassioned exploration of the subject matter, and Silva has further explored Singularity studies by interviewing American filmmaker Barry Ptolemy on his recent film Transcendent Man.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 0
    Born on February 6, 1982.
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