Jason Silva is the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, seen in over 100 countries. “A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age” was how The Atlantic described television personality, filmmaker and philosopher Silva, who has also been described as “part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from ‘The Matrix.’”
A self-professed wonderjunkie, Silva is the creator of the web series SHOTS OF AWE, micro-documentaries exploring creativity, innovation, the co-evolution of human and technology, futurism, metaphysics, existentialism and the human condition.
Silva’s work has been featured in The Economist, Vanity Fair, Forbes and Wired, among many others.
Question: What's the best advice you've ever gotten?
Jason Silva: I always say that one of the best pieces of advice that I've ever gotten, has been echoed by two great thinkers, my mother Linda Mishkin and Joseph Campbell. Joseph Campbell said, "Follow your bliss." I couldn't agree more with that. My mom always said, "Just do what you love and don't worry about anything else, don't worry about money, don't worry about anything. Just be kind to everyone and do what you love."
As long as you're not hurting anybody else, as long as you're being kind to people and you're doing what you love, only good things can come of it. Other good advices are people who claim to have absolute irrefutable faith in something without any evidence, I would not trust completely. Yeah, I just, I'm a, I relate a lot to people like Carl Sagan. I recently read one of his books that was based on a speech that he gave in a divinity school. It's interesting because Carl Sagan was one hundred percent a scientist but he was very spiritual. I mean and he said, "The universe gives up plenty to be spiritual about, we don't need to adapt any form of dogma."
Look at the evidence and to be willing to question your own truths, and to be willing to scrutinize things that you hold dearly because that way, that transparency, that self awareness will protect you from ever becoming somebody that whose beliefs somehow make them have myopic vision about what could be. So, remain open and be willing to be transformed by new information.
Recorded on: April 14, 2009