Hi Dear Students and Friends! Here is today’s podcast:
[Jason Silva on The Power of the Mind to Create Your Reality]
Jason Luis Silva (born February 6, 1982) is a Venezuelan American television personality, filmmaker, and public speaker. His goal is to use technology to excite people about philosophy and science. The Atlantic describes Silva as “A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age”. Silva, a former presenter on Current TV, lectures internationally on such topics as creativity, spirituality, technology and humanity, writes and produces short films, and co-hosts National Geographic’s Brain Games.
Silva was born in Caracas, Venezuela. His mother, Linda Mishkin, an artist, is Ashkenazi Jewish. His father, Luis Manuel Silva, converted to Judaism, but, according to Silva, they were secular and lived in a household “more akin to a Woody Allen film” with lots of humor and love for art and theater. He is also brother to Jordan Silva and Paulina Silva.
Inspired by Charles Baudelaire‘s Hashish House, Silva’s obsession with filmmaking and documentation started as a teenager when he hosted “salons” at his house to discuss ideas. Video, rather than pen, became his preferred way to memorialize what he calls “ecstatic moments”. For Silva, it is not enough to “feel” the experience. These moments need to be “narrated in real time.”
Silva earned a degree in film and philosophy from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He, along with Max Lugavere, produced and starred in a video documentary/performance piece entitled “Textures of Selfhood.” The short, experimental film about hedonism and spirituality based on Silva’s and Lugavere’s life in Miami, gained the attention of Current producers who were looking for “passionate storytellers”.
Silva currently lives in New York City.
Silva is a self-described wonder junkie and performance philosopher, a term he first heard on a website called Space Collective by Rene Dallier. He uses television, online media and lecture halls to share his perspectives. For example, in the video The Mirroring Mind, Silva “explores human consciousness and the creation of that consciousness through self-reference.”