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The Beginning of Infinity

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[♪♪] [male speaker] 2, 1, 0. [Science - Wonder - Art] [The Undivided Mind - Imaginary Foundation] [male speaker] I am pretty much an optimist. I'm reminded of Rich Doyle's line from Darwin's Pharmacy. He says, "Dreams do not lack reality-- "they are real patterns of information." The Imaginary Foundation says that the role of human imagination is to conceive of all these delightful futures, choose the most amazing, exciting, and ecstatic possibility, and then pull the present forward to meet it. That is what we do. We bring our imaginings into existence. But I think that as technology has advanced, we have found ways to outsource our mental capacities to our tools so much more, our ability to manipulate the physical world has increased in an exponential fashion, so we've been able to shrink the lag time between our imaginings and their instantiation in the real world. David Deutsch speaks in his new book, The Beginning of Infinity, he says, "If you look at the topography of the island of Manhattan today, "that topography is a topography in which the forces of economics "and culture and human intent have trumped the forces of geology." I mean, the topography of Manhattan today is no longer shaped by mere geology; it's shaped by the human mind and by economics and by culture. So what David Deutsch extrapolates is that ultimately that will be the fate of the whole universe. He says gravitation and antimatter might only shape the universe at its earliest and least interesting stages, but eventually the whole entire thing will be subject to the intent of substrate-independent, infinitely more powerful minds. And to conceive of that just [inhales sharply], it makes me feel ecstatic. [Created by Notthisbody and Jason Silva]

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Duration: 1 minute and 58 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Notthisbody
Director: Notthisbody
Views: 1,091
Posted by: davidorban on Oct 11, 2011

This video is inspired, in part, by the ideas explored in David Deutsch’s new book, THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY. We hope it moves you.

In our work, we use the tools of editing: we juxtapose 'transcalar' imagery, cutting and overlapping the very small and the very large... From the nano to the galactic, stretching and compressing time, we feature time lapse to reveal the repetitive and recurring patterns across different scales of reality. The aim is to provide multiple perspectives all at once, whose simultaneous presentation might cause spontaneous epiphanies. “These patterns are omnipresent, but only when we see these patterns in a more compressed mode of presentation to we start to attend to them as such.” -- This is KEY!

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