Capable Men is proud to pick the brain one of our favourite, intellectual, thought provoking figures in modern media. Jason Silva, Venezuelan-American performance philosopher, filmmaker and speaker.
He is the creator of Shots of Awe, a short film series that serve as philosophical espresso shots exploring innovation, technology creativity, futurism and the metaphysics of the imagination. What I love the most about Jason’s short films is that they provide dynamic, thought provoking concepts in very short bursts fused with excellent visuals, making them very effective messages in the age of social media.
Mr Silva is also the Emmy nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s hit TV series Brain Games, which aired in over 100 countries. You can check out a mind-blowing example of his work: Radical Openness, a video from his Shots of Awe YouTube channel here:
Q&A WITH JASON SILVA:
HELLO JASON, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS AT CAPABLE MEN TODAY. FIRSTLY FOR OUR READERS WHO MAY NOT HAVE THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING WHO YOU ARE, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO EVERYDAY?
I am a TV presenter and digital filmmaker. I explore eclectic ideas and topics and distill them into digital short films that hopefully blow minds. I also host BrainGames on NatGeo Channel, and do a lot of public speaking around the world.
AS SOMEBODY WHO MAKES A CAREER SPREADING THEIR WORD & WORK TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE VIA SHORT FILMS. IF YOU HAD THE ABILITY TO CONVEY ONE MESSAGE TO ALL OF PLANET EARTH, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
As Alan Harrington used to say “we must never forget we are cosmic revolutionaries, not stooges conscripted to advance a natural order than kills everyone”. In other words: it is our responsibility to use our creativity, imagination and technology to continue to make this a better world, to overcome ALL LIMITS, and expand the definition of what it means to be human.
WHAT OFTEN INTRIGUES ME THE MOST WHEN I READ ABOUT THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS, IS THEIR POLITICAL IDEAS AND HOW THEY WOULD FORMULATE THEIR OWN SOCIETY (PLATO’S REPUBLIC IS A FINE EXAMPLE.) HOW WOULD YOU RUN YOUR OWN NATION STATE IF JASON SILVA WAS IN CONTROL?
Probably some kind of combination that borrows from the Scandinavian and Dutch societies where we assure everyone has healthcare and universal basic income, but also foster innovation and creativity. What happens if we combine Silicon Valley tech and the California ideology with the Dutch healthcare system. We should learn from Bucky Fullers ideas on becoming the captains of spaceship earth. I would also legalize all drugs.
TRANSHUMANISM IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE CONCEPTS THAT I’VE PERSONALLY BEEN MADE AWARE OF THANKS TO YOURSELF. NOTABLY THE ENHANCEMENT OF THE HUMAN BODY WITH TECHNOLOGY, WHICH IS EVIDENTLY HAPPENING TODAY TO SOME EXTENT. WHAT IS THE NEXT BIG STEP IN THIS FIELD THAT YOU FEEL WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE MASSES SHORTLY?
Biology is becoming an information technology at an exponential pace. This means healthcare will be transformed as intensely as computers transformed the world. We will reprogram our biology. We will steer our genes away from disease and even aging. We will transform and transcend.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC COMMUNITIES OR PERSON(S) WHO ARE TYPICALLY DUBIOUS OR RESISTANT TO YOUR MESSAGES ON YOUR TRAVELS?
So far I have found tremendous supportive people everywhere I’ve been!
YOU’RE ARGUABLY AT YOUR BEST WHEN YOU’RE PASSIONATELY HIGHLIGHTING CONCEPTS AND IDEAS OF THE FUTURE AND THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF OUR SPECIES. BUT I’D LIKE TO BRING YOU INTO THE PRESENT MOMENT, AND ASK YOU WHAT YOU PERSONALLY FEEL IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT FACES HUMANITY TODAY?
Religious extremism and bigotry. Climate change. Poverty. I’m sure many more but those are some examples.