COGNITION FACTOR: THE SMART MOVIE
written and directed by Mike Kawitzky, who answers some questions with Undergrowth at the bottom of this article. Photo by Louise Goddard.
The plot takes place in a stream of consciousness as a cyberpunk quests for enlightenment in the digital age.
The viewer is transported to a narrated virtual world in search of answers to the " Big Five" questions. It's a totally human experience as Cognition Factor stitches live conversations with Terence Mckenna, brother Dennis Mckenna, along with Ralph Abrahams, Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Metzner, Alex Grey, and twenty more of the top thinkers of our times.
The Cognition Factor is a narrated gonzo documentary, showcast inside a 3D landscape backed by original compositions from top musicians like Dr. Lx Paterson, Dom Beken and Phil Le Gonedic, of The ORB, Merv Pepler (EatStatic/Ozrik Tentacles), Colin Angus& Matt Catt (The Shamen/Pablo_Sandoz), Steve Hillage (System 7), all brought together by ambient composer, performer and originator, Mike Martin (Indidginus).
The Cognition Factor poses Five Big Questions in order of appearance:
1. What is consciousness/cognition?
2. Are we evolving as a species, or are we going extinct?
3. What do you understand as G-D?
4. Can the fusion of science and technology occur?
5. What happens when we die?
"What we're going to do is we're going to all wire ourselves together, linking ourselves together at higher and higher bandwidth, with greater and greater understanding"
– Terence Mckenna - the Cognition Factor
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