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Jason Silva

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Jason Luis Silva is a Venezuelan-American television personality, filmmaker, futurist, philosopher, and public speaker. He is known for hosting National Geographic documentaries: Brain Games and Origins. His goal is to use technology to excite people about philosophy and science
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Where Good Ideas Come From
The Natural History of Innovation
Steven Johnson - Oct 03, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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A fascinating deep dive on innovation from the New York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and FarsightedThe printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough tech...
Jason Silva
Mar 13, 2012
On the List of my favorite books.     source
What Technology Wants
Kevin Kelly - Oct 13, 2010
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"Verbalizing visceral feelings about technology, whether attraction or repulsion, Kelly explores the “technium,” his term for the globalized, interconnected stage of technological development. Arguing that the processes creating the technium are akin to those of biological evolution, Kelly devotes the opening sections of his exposition to that anal...
Jason Silva
Mar 13, 2012
On the List of my favorite books.     source
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The Singularity Is Near
When Humans Transcend Biology
Ray Kurzweil - Sep 25, 2006
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A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development by "the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence" (Bill Gates).At the onset of the twenty-first century, humanity stands on the verge of the most transforming and thrilling period in its history. It will be an era in which the very nature of what i...
Jason Silva
Mar 13, 2012
On the List of my favorite books.     source
The Denial of Death
Ernest Becker - May 08, 1997 (first published in 1973)
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Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie -- man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so...
Jason Silva
Mar 13, 2012
On the List of my favorite books.     source
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The Immortalist
Alan Harrington - Feb 01, 1977 (first published in 1969)
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Jason Silva
Mar 13, 2012
On the List of my favorite books.     source
TechGnosis
Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information
Erik Davis - Mar 17, 2015 (first published in 1998)
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The gap between the technological mentality and the mystical outlook may not be as great as it seems. Erik Davis looks at modern information technology--and much previous technology--to reveal how much of it has roots in spiritual attitudes. Furthermore, he explores how those who embrace each new technological advance often do so with designs and e...
Jason Silva
A dazzling, sweeping look at the metaphysical urges underlying our technological progress. The author reveals our technological subconscious and writes with a flair that crackles the mind. I love this book.     source
The Rise of Superman
Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
Steven Kotler - Mar 04, 2014
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An exploration of how extreme athletes break the limits of ultimate human performance and what we can learn from their mastery of the state of consciousness known as “flow” In this groundbreaking book, New York Times–bestselling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-ha...
Jason Silva
All about how athletes seem to have hacked flow essentially.     source
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The 4-Hour Workweek
Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
Timothy Ferriss - Dec 15, 2009 (first published in 2007)
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More than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content. Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero ma...
Jason Silva
I was very affected by The 4-Hour Workweek. I was like this guy has it figured out.     source