Currently Consuming: Origins: The Journey of Humankind

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Blowing minds one human innovation at a time.

 

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About: Jason Silva (see my previous post) hosts the eight part documentary series, Origins: Journey of Humankind, which is about inventions and concepts that have shaped the way humankind have evolved and become modern.

Produced by the National Geographic, Origins features reenactments and amazing digital visualisations, episodes explore the concepts of fire, medicine, money, communication, war, shelter, exploration and transportation. Looking back at unknown moments such as the discovery of fire and communications between people, the show explores how these moments have led to our evolution as a people. Some episodes feature important historical figures and how their inventions have led to our modernisation.

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Shots of Awe

Shots of AweShots of Awe, a YouTube channel, is dedicated to the philosophical musings of Jason Silva. Each of the videos featured on the channel are no longer than four minutes, however each clip is one that seeks to inspire its audiences.

Every episode is focused on one philosophical idea that features video of Jason discussing the notion, inter-cut with a mash of amazing footage taken from a wide range of sources. The real draw of the videos however are the sheer passion and enthusiasm with which Jason discusses these ideas. It is hard to watch a clip and not feel inspired, awed or moved by what he is saying.

Topics of the videos range from robotics, the universe, love, technology, sex, science and the very nature of being human. Each clip sees Jason quote from a plethora of sources, with each reference fitting in so well amongst his discussion that you can’t help but want to follow up on the source. I myself have ended up reading a number of the books and articles that Jason references. The passion for knowledge is at the centre of Jason’s videos as he brings new light to the world around us.

What makes these videos so great is Jason himself. The almost poetic way in which he expresses the philosophical ideas is done in a manner that can stimulate even the most jaded person. The universe, society and the individual are all explored extensively within the series, with Jason rhapsodising in a passionate yet accessible manner.

Shots of Awe is not only educational, it is downright inspiring. If you haven’t watched any, do yourself a favour and check them out. You won’t regret that you did.

Favourite videos of mine: ‘We are already cyborgs,’ ‘Existential Bummer,’ and ‘To be human is to be transhuman.’