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Cognition Factor - World Release - Sunday 21st June 2009

'Cognition Factor' is premiering internationally this Sunday 21st of June in New York, London, Toronto, Amsterdam, Cape Town, Byron Bay, Sonoma CA and Johannesburg.

Cognition Factor is an independent South African production with an edgy take on documentary film making. It's an experiment in conscious cinema somewhere beyond Bleep and Secret, a movie about the evolution of consciousness and the war between science and spirituality. It stars the internationally acclaimed Terence Mckenna, plus a score of interesting, smart people.

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Corporation Planet


In the week gone by, the Dow Jones plunged more than 400 points. Obama vowed to rescue economy. McCain supported the Bush administration push to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. Cover-up of health effects from cosmetics. The House approved $700 billion bailout for Wall Street. America's secret dealings between Shell and the Iraq Oil Ministry was disclosed. A US-India nuclear deal was passed. The FBI opened probe into financial troubles of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers and AIG. The global food crisis worsens.

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Decompression from the deep....

Meiringspoort. Eastern Cape. South AfricaEveryone looks for a magic bullet at one time or another. In my case, I wasn’t sure what it was, except that a road trip seemed important. Not so surprising, when I’d just spent a large chunk of time cooped up in the studio. So, when I got invited to show Cognition Factor at the 2008 Grahamstown Film Festival, I made plans to ensure that a road trip was also what I got. I’d been to Grahamstown once before in 2000. At the time I’d promised myself that when I returned to the festival I would bring my own show. Eight years later, with Cognition Factor locked and loaded, the time was ripe. It was unfortunate that I had to leave town the day before my daughter’s High School dance, slipping out of town in dawn traffic that reminded me why I was no longer a commuter. I knew that she would forgive me, eventually.

I hadn't had much sleep the night before, due to the fact that I'd suffered an emergency root treatment on one of my front teeth that afternoon. It was supposed to have been just a routine checkup, but before I knew what was up I was surrounded by magnifying glasses and long needles. But at 7.00 AM the next morning, no painkillers were strong enough. In too much pain to lie down, I’d spent most of the previous night uploading music to my Ipod, programming my GPS and messing with my kit. I'd had breakfast with the kids, then knocked back another cocktail of antibiotics, vitamins, etc., before hitting the road. The early morning isn't my given time, but I couldn't think of a reason to look back.

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Further adventures on the Costa Del Sol with Dennis Mckenna and Schwann - Part 6

If you’ve been following this rather long blog, sometimes rant, you’ll know that Dennis Joey and me have just spent three nights on Ibiza, but by the time I’d woken up on day four it seemed that we’d been here much longer. It hadn’t been that late a night and I’d slept well enough. There were no relevant excuses. It’s officially Saturday and it was time to return from forever, or to forever. Whatever. (There's a short movie at the bottom of the page, in case you want to skip to that now.)

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Dennis Mckenna - Fear and loathing on Ibiza continues - compression session - Part 5

So far in this continuing blog: Dennis, Joey and Schwann (online below) have met in Malaga, Spain, then tripped to Ibiza to stay with Richard Wolfe and the Goddesses. “One Night on Ibiza” is the blog directly before this if you want to go backwards, otherwise begin at the blog “Fear and Loathing with Dennis Mckenna on the Costa del Sol”, where it all began.

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Fear and Loathing on Ibiza – Part 4 of the Dennis Mckenna caper

It's past midnight somewhere in the future, a fractal moment, or cross section of reality interconnecting with my past to represent a future I can understand. It's the last edit, the hyperdimensional stuff, the do-anything stuff. I remember filming Dennis reading from his notes at La Chorrera, the same notebook he'd written in before he, "dropped the pen"...before the transdimensional moment, when time would end and we'd continue as gods, able to bring things into existence by the uttering of words in a new language, a language of transdimensional codes. Translinguistic.
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Cognition Factor 2008 - Producers Rant

Sunday, March 16, 2008
Current mood: insubordinate

O moderators of media, O makers-of-cults, O compressors of nostalgia, O renderers of neural text, O transferers of holographic memory,

This blog serves to notify you that Cognition Factor has escaped the confines of my hard drive and studio and is now on its way to the Cannes Film Festival to be judged.

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Cognition Factor - The Movie

Cognition Factor Logo for MIPSTV and Cannes


Maybe it's time to let you all in on a secret. Or let me put it differently, it's a bleep from the deep.

Those of you who hated the slow pace of "What the bleep" and "The Secret", but liked the idea of a movie that require you to think, might be interested to know that Headspace Studios, located in Cape Town, South Africa, is about to unleash "Cognition Factor".

Featuring more than 20 of the most important minds of our age, the movie is about a cyberpunk's search for enlightenment, during which the viewer is taken through a narrated virtual world in search of answers to the " Big Five" questions relating to the human experience.

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Transmission from the Deep

So you still think you’re not a techno-savage?

Perspectives ever changing. Focussing on the unfocusable. Overlays. Heartbeats like giant footsteps in hollow deserted places. Background windows. Unidentifiable forms. Icons. I’m trying to put it all down. This life, this time, these things are memes that live in formats we can't see because we are the dust that scatters from a fireplace after the trance-dance is over.

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20th Century Nostalgia Factor - a 60's survivor story

It's not too late to ask the question; ‘who am I?’ Of course this simple question is still more than I can handle and it doesn’t help that it’s 7.30 PM on Thursday 13th of December 2007, and all that I know for sure, besides the fact that I’m going to die, is that I’m 57 years old, and I’m on my way to my High School’s 40th reunion party in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s not 1967 anymore.

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