Joe Rogan Experience Podcast 183 Jason Silva


Joe Rogan:  It’s crazy.


Jason Silva:  Um.. but um.. yeah, I’m hopeful that the world is gonna..


Joe Rogan:  Well


Jason Silva:  We need to you know.. the world needs to respond and I’m hopeful that we move in that direction.


Joe Rogan:  Yeah. It’s.. it’s.. it’s fascinating how we’re watching these countries that have been controlling people through fear, through dictatorship, military dictatorships watch them unfold.

Boom!  Boom!   Boom!  Just left and right and everybody knows they’re all terrified.


Jason Silva:  Yeah.


Joe Rogan:  You know?  It’s all.. how long can you hold out?  How long can you resist the movement?

The movement, you know, it’s gonna make you.. you’re not gonna be a trillionaire anymore, mister, when the world has melted.


Jason Silva:  Well, people.. people.. people.. people will persist and they’ll be successful.  Actually, Kursweil is also known for predicting when the Soviet Union would collapse.


Joe Rogan:  Did he really?


Jason Silva:  Yeah.


Joe Rogan:  Accurately? Wow.


Jason Silva:  Oh, Yeah.  Yeah.


Joe Rogan:  How did he figure it out?


Jason Silva:  Well, because he was.. he saw the exponential growth curves of information technology and he predicted that basically the free flow of information would eventually be too much for that —


Joe Rogan:  So did he just put it in a computer program or something?


Jason Silva:  Yeah.  No, he had predicted it.  He.. he has an uncanny ability to make predictions that come true.  It’s the reason that he’s called “the smartest man since Edison” by all these people.

And when I met him is because I did a short on Current TV called The Immortalist.  It was focused on just the maverick optimist, who was trying to find the solution to the problem of death.


Joe Rogan:  Right.


Jason Silva:  And I became friends with him and I felt like, wow this is the most brilliant guy.  And I wanna do everything I can to help uh.. push these ideas forward because these were the biggest ideas in the history of the world.


Joe Rogan:  Right.


Jason Silva:  And uh.. and then I became even friendlier with him because I also became very good friends with Barry Ptolemy, who directed The Transcendent Man, the film about Kurzweil.  And uh..


Joe Rogan:  Great fucking film


Jason Silva:  Amazing.  Transcendent Man is


Joe Rogan:  I’ve seen it several times, really inspirational.


Jason Silva:  Yeah.  Yeah.  It’s a magnificent doc and uh.. you would.. you would love Barry, the director.  He’s awesome and uh..


Joe Rogan:  I sure would.


Jason Silva:  And then it’s a feeling of a labor of love, because what we’re doing is we’re evangelizing some ideas that could transform the human condition in unfathomably rich ways.

And you know, you have Kurzweil who’s just like, when he’s lending us with these ideas and his mind is nothing short of astonishing.


Joe Rogan:  It’s such a.. what I’m saying earlier, such a dramatic thing to watch to his pursuit of this.


Jason Silva:  Yeah.


Joe Rogan:  You know?


Jason Silva:  Yeah.


Joe Rogan:  His pursuit of uh.. enlightening people, as to the consequences, and the radical possibilities.  It’s such food for your brain, you know.

Kurzweil is one of you know.. so many in the internet.. it’s an amazing time to be influenced by people and to be able to read people’s.. you know..

Just blog entries, literally like a day after something happens, you know, someone interested will blog something.   And he just.. I mean what a strange time have.


Jason Silva:  Totally.


Joe Rogan:  It’s just this strange, strangest time in human history.  And we’re swimming in it.  We’re swimming in it right now.


Jason Silva:  And the rate of change, gets faster.  Evolution is telescopic, basically.  So it took a billion years to get to a certain point.

And then the last hundred years, we’ve created more change.  So, the rate of things changing gets faster and faster and faster until it’s no longer even quantifiable until we kinda like merge with our technology.

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