A hit and run ontological attack in this “performance philosophy” piece from Jason Silva, inspired by some of the ideas explored in physicist David Deutsch’s new book The Beginning of Infinity, and accompanied by one of the great musical pieces, Death is the Road to Awe by Clint Mansell. The message, in short:
That’s what we do, we bring our imaginings into existence… The topography of Manhattan today is no longer shaped by mere geology, it’s shaped by the human mind…
The idea that Silva enunciates immediately reminded me of two other quotes that I like. The first, from Terence McKenna:
Some time in the last fifty thousand years, with the invention of culture, the biological evolution of humans ceased and evolution became an epigenetic, cultural phenomenon… technology is the real skin of our species. Humanity, correctly seen in the context of the last five hundred years, is an extruder of technological material. We take in matter that has a low degree of organization; we put it through mental filters, and we extrude jewelry, gospels, space shuttles. This is what we do. We are like coral animals embedded in a technological reef of extruded psychic objects.
The other, from Freeman Dyson:
To me the most astounding fact in the universe is the power of mind which drives my fingers as I write these words. Somehow, by natural processes still totally mysterious a million butterfly brains working together in a human skull have the power to dream, to calculate, to see and to hear, to speak and to listen, to translate thoughts and feelings into marks on paper which other brains can interpret. Mind, through the long course of biological evolution, has established itself as a moving force in our little corner of the universe. Here on this small planet, mind has infiltrated matter and has taken control. It appears to me that the tendency of mind to infiltrate and control matter is a law of nature.
The cosmos is waking, and beginning to reimagine itself…