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The Biological Advantage of Awe > Jason Silva

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This video was created by @JasonSilva and shot and edited with my friends at Bravo Media, and is non-commercial and for educational and inspirational purposes only. Full credits and clip attributions can be found below. This video was inspired by three big ideas:
1) The ideas of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey who has written of "THE BIOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE OF BEING AWESTRUCK". Basically, our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive...
"Humphrey refers to consciousness as a magic show that you stage for yourself inside your head, which lights up the world and makes you feel special and transcendent... this magical theater provides a reason to live, a love of occupying the present moment, and a desire to sustain it into the future, that over time has proved stronger than anything else, and accounts for humanity’s swift and triumphant success--
Humphrey says “being enchanted by the magic of experience, rather than being just an aid to survival, provides an essential incentive to survive.”
"We relish just being here. We feel “the yen to confirm and renew, in small ways or large, our own occupancy of the present moment, to go deeper, to extend it, to revel in being there, and when we have the skill, to celebrate it in words..”
Our desire to understand brings exquisite pleasure... and feeds our exploratory voyage, our scientific inquiry, our technological development, and even our poetic self-regard..
More: online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703858404576214771893335998.html
2) The Stanford study that found that AWE is clinically good for you, expanding perception of time, increasing compassion and empathy and promoting well being:
More: theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/07/study-awe-inspiring-experiences-change-our-perception-of-time/260138/
3) Ross Andersen's rapturous meditation on the ontological awakening of our psyches provided by the Hubble Space Telescope: "At first glancing the Deep FIELD “one might mistake it for gemstones scattered across black velvet, but a closer look reveals that each smudge of light, 2,600 in all, is a galaxy dense with billions of star-fired worlds, pinwheeling in deep time. … To that point, astronomy had imaged objects only four billion light years away, and poorly at that. Here a telescope reached 11 and a half billion light years into space and delivered an image legible to the layman: an unprecedented expansion of human vision."
More: lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?id=331
**Music by John Murphy - "Kaneda's Death Pt 2" from Sunshine Soundtrack
**Featuring Stock Footage from Shutterstock
Still images courtesy of THE IMAGINARY FOUNDATION - imaginaryfoundation.com/
And clips from Knate Myers' "ISS at Night" featuring NASA images: vimeo.com/45878034
Camera: Liam O' Sullivan
Edited by Jess Betz and Jason Silva 
Shot and edited at BRAVO MEDIA - bravomediainc.com/


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A special music video trailer of the new Undergrowth produced documentary project AYA: AWAKENINGS featuring the track 'Ever Decreasing Circles' by beats maestro TIPPER. Video edited by the films Co-Director, Timothy Parish of Verb Studios

AYA: Awakenings is a narrative documentary into the world and visions of ayahuasca shamanism, adapted from the cult book 'Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey' by Rak Razam. By blending narration directly from the book with video footage, interviews with practicing curanderos, samples of traditional icaros or magic songs, photographs and cutting edge special effects, Aya: Awakenings reproduces the inner landscape of the visionary state in unprecedented detail, invoking a spiritual awakening in the viewer.


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http://www.thejuicemedia.com Juice Rap News - Episode 17: The War on Terra. It's 2013 and the world did not end by meteorite or by Mayan calendar. But fear not: we might just be able to get the job done ourselves. Join Robert Foster as he sets out to discover where Civilisation™ is making the fastest progress towards annihilation. In this edition of the Civilisation Report, Robert learns about Australia and Canada - two oft-neglected pioneers of peace, progress and prosperity - in conversation with our antipodean colonial correspondent Ken Oathcarn and his Canuck counterpart, Fagin Heighbard. Dear viewers, consider this a fair warning that in terms of language and affront to the dominant culture this could get fucking messy.

- Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home-studio in Melbourne, Australia - on Wurundjeri Land.

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- Main Beat: the appropriately titled "Dangerous Times" by Red Skull: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpC1WEmmBYU
- Orchestral compositions: Adrian Sergovich (a legend)
- Alien Song performed by Jonathan Dreyfus (another legend) and AC/Dickelback, with Justin Olsson (drums). Based on "Englishman in New York" by Sting. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jez Giddings and Craig Harnath at Hothouse Audio St. Kilda. Produced by Jez Giddings and Jonathan Dreyfus.
- Tar Sands video footage: our deepest thanks to Chris of Tundra Punks for putting us in touch with the awesome film-makers who are raising awareness about Mordo...err the Tar Sands and whose footage was used in this episode: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Elias and Adrianne from globalonenessproject.org (Cinematography: Emily Topper; Rob Humphries; Editing: Elias Koch; Footage courtesy of Elemental The Film LLC http://www.elementalthefilm.com); Eriel Deranger of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation; H2Oil animations are courtesy of Shannon Walsh; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOk0Fyov_2A (Animations by James Braithwaite, Dale Hayward & Sylvie Trouves: http://www.h2oildoc.com)
- Thanks to the one and only Franklin Lopez of http://submedia.tv (and Maude) for Canuck cultural consultation and advice. Make sure you check out his 'git'-wrenching film, END:CIV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hx-G1uhRqA
- Video and music editing: Giordano
- Image and website assistance: Zoe Tame http://visualtonic.com.au
- Props: Zoe Umlaut for creating our correspondents' microphones; and Sam for lending us his guitars.
- Thanks to Lucy for assistance with filming and all-round production tasks!
- Captions: Merci to Koolfy from la Quadrature du Net for creating the sync'd English captions for our episodes!

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History is happening! Here is information about what some humans are doing right now to help save what's left of our relationship with this planet.
For more info about Tar Sands, Idle No More; the Kimberleys and Lock the Gate struggles:

if you're optimistic, make sure you watch this documentary:
END:CIV: http://www.submedia.tv/endciv-2011/

The War on Terra: http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/War_on_Terra

Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People) ღ Aloha Ke Akua

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THE BLOOM: A Journey Through Transformational Festivals from Akira Chan Arts on Vimeo.

The Bloom: A Journey through Transformational Festivals is a new, four-part web series that explores the blossoming cultural renaissance of transformational festivals, immersive participatory realities which are having profound life-changing effects on hundreds of thousands of lives. Starting in summer 2012 into 2013, a team of "light workers and artists" are visiting over 23 transformational festivals around the globe to tell a true story of genuine hope and inspiration for our times. Pointing the way to a bright and promising future, The Bloom explores how these festivals are awakening human consciousness through creativity, love, and joy.

SYREN "A FEATHER TO THE SEA" EP LAUNCH @ Gertrudes Brown Couch 26th Oct 2012

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Undergrowth.org & Kinship present 


8pm Friday 26th October 2012 (doors open 7:30pm)
@ GERTRUDES BROWN COUCH - 30 Gertrude St, Fitzroy


SYREN - Luscious tripstep beats, angelic vocals and crunchy basslines evoking the song of the syren. Featuring Lulu Madill (vocals and live production) with Tim Smith (guitar), Rose Cavanagh (violin) and special guest Matt Kelly.

MATTRIKS + JSHWA "Spaceships" single + video clip launch

PHOEBE JACOBS with live beats

Visuals by Verb

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The Origins of Consciousness Tour Down Under October 2012




In Australia October 2012, Lost Tribes and EGA will be hosting a series of events featuring guest speakers Graham Hancock, Dennis McKenna, Mitch Schultz, and others. The tour will be heading to Melbourne, Brisbane, Byron Bay and Sydney.


We are running 3 larger conference type events in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and two shorter, more intimate workshops in Melbourne and Byron Bay (both have different programs).


The Origins of Consciousness Tour 2012: An exploration into Spirituality, Psychedelics, & Ancient Civilizations What is the link between mystical experiences, neuroscience and parallel dimensions? What role have psychedelic plants and ancient shamanism played in the evolution of human imagination? Was there a technologically advanced civilization destroyed in a global cataclysm at the end of the last Ice Age; and as humanity is poised on the cusp of environmental catastrophe, are we doomed to the same fate?

I of the Sun

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 In ancient days the sun was worshiped as a living entity, life giver and destroyer all wrapped in one… Entire cultures sacrificed and fed energy to the sun, understanding that the delicate cosmic web must be maintained, and that the process of life works both ways… As we near the time of galactic alignment on Dec 21st 2012, the sun and our solar system has risen above the galactic plane and are now being bombarded with intense galactic energies. The sun is changing, waking, and the earth is following suit, as solar flares affect our magnetic field and change consciousness itself. Join experiential journalist Rak Razam, shamanic practitioner Darpan and the visionary founder of Starseed Gardens Dan Schreiber in an intimate tribal discussion about the living sun and its connection to the sun within, how to cleanse and heal our energy bodies and the assist the process of true illumination.

HEART REMAINS > JOELISTICS > Produced by Verb Studios

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The HEART REMAINS OPEN PROJECT invited people from across Australia to contribute video content in response to the track HEART REMAINS from Joelistics's Voyager album: http://www.elefanttraks.com/releases/voyager. The final video is a tapestry of place, culture, people and landscape that paints a portrait of Australia in the 21st Century.

Words and music: Joelistics / Heart Remains (Taken from Voyager/Elefant Traks)
Produced, Directed and Edited by Timothy Parish - Verb Studios

Verb Studios http://www.verbstudios.com.au
SLAM TV - http://slamtv.org
Word Travels http://wordtravels.info

Footage Contributors: Cris Broadhurst, Jasper Smith, Grant VK58GR, Gini Lee, Sundry Productions, San-A, Jenny Grinlington, Michael Fletcher, Kym Fielke, Aime Lou, ABC Open Wide Bay,Darcy Travers,Doecke, Barry Schrapel, Norm Ofstead, Injected Ideas
James Russell, Geoff Oliver, Dave Dwyer, Tracey Lundgren, Pierpaolo Baricchio, Sharon Greenaway, Nicky Forster, Stephanie Riddel, Ty Swanson, Bjorn Rust, Mike Riley, Pasramos, Paul Sellen, Alasdair Shurman, AP_OZ, Ashley Perry, Martin Whipp, Documentary Shop, Will Horne, Liam Monkhouse, Tim Parish

Many thanks to:
Will Tinapple
Sam Hussey
Miles Merrill
Anthea Varigos
Bill Wade
Hamish McDonald
Eric Fassbender
Elefant Traks