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Harris: Harris with you and we are standing at the world premier actually the Los Angeles premier of the world premier of Zeitgeist: Moving Forward being released in 325 theater's simultaneously, multiple countries, multiple languages! and standing next to us is a man who is now considered a American hero why? cause he's left off the high dive on behalf of other people who he's never even met. in short,it's about changing the world and not just doing it at home, while gnawing on a pizza But it's actually being about into action, into the solution and laying out the solution in an easy to understand way. and I'm talking about Peter Joseph you've not only directed Zeitgeist: Moving Forward but your responsible for the previous two, that have done so much to awaken the American mindset. Peter: I would hope so, it depends on who you ask some people will agree with that statement some people vehemently deny such a statement. so, we have a certain controversy with the films but uh, overall, I think anyone who watches all of the series will need to walk away with a very positive world view and a very clear understanding that uh, were on a downward spiral in many levels in society. we complain a lot in society,that's a point I like to bring up is people love to complain, everyone complains and I've done my far share of complaining too in the films. But this new film is about solutions, it's about showing a direction of something that's very possible, very feasible. That can happen if the public wanted it to. We have to overcome some tremendous barriers to do so. There's establishment orthodoxy that exists in any society through any culture throughout history. Any kind of great social change that's ever happened has been there with a great deal of resistance. So my goal here with the film, is to kind of generate... a feeling, not only an intellectual understanding. But a feeling and an interest in emotional drive, to want to see the world change for the better. and that's the point of art in and of itself wouldn't you say? Harris: well absolutely, at least in it's better moment now of course, people would love to say that art creates maniacs out there, uhm and maniacs can also create art, so who's to say? but the beautiful thing is, so many of us lust for a solution so many of us feel disenfranchised from our environment. People are getting kicked out of their houses people don't understand why inflation's happening yet the great Bernanke says something differently and they don't even understand how stuff is actually interconnected and I have to tell you if American history books had even four pages of what you have in Zeitgeist, there be, well, a small revolution. Peter: I think so, well I like to give a clear example a lot of people still believe that Columbus "founded" America. This statement resonates throughout all of culture. It's almost cliche for me to bring it up, because anyone that's of a general understanding knows that that's nonsense. That there were hundred's of millions of people throughout the entire America's that were more or less systematically slaughtered but you don't see that in any of the textbooks in American history. So we have statues of this mass murderer. So ya know, you have to realize that history's written by the winners and basically the propaganda machine, which I hate to use that word because it's so loaded, but propaganda is how you more or less control the people. Whether it's in China, or whether it's in America. If you were to compare two different forms of totalitarianism, you could have a kind of overt totalitarianism and say, this sort of Republic of China were they control the media and they control things very liberally very obviously were they shut down the internet. In America it's different the control is done through value systems and taboo's and things that people are not suppose to talk about your not suppose to talk about certain things your not suppose to talk about anything that goes against say, the monetary system. Oh! the free market it's about freedom ya know, and people get very uncomfortable naturally when you do as-well, and you get called a kook, and you'll be called all sorts of lovely names if you attempt to challenge anything that the status quo maintains in that particular point in time. And that goes all the way back to Socrates. Socrates never challenged the slavery in his time, he's considered a great philosopher but it was presupposed, everyone presupposes their reality. They think that's normality, it is normality, they think that normality is empirical It never is, ever! Harris: we legislate things like uh slavery as we saw in the state of Maryland in 1640 were if you owned land, you had to have slaves it was illegal not to. Therefore, it must be okay cause the grown ups in Washington declare it so. And equally we see these kind of interesting paradigms. Just to wrap it up, you have jumped off the high-dive in a really huge way tonight. I mean, your dream of telling the truth is now manifest into a huge international vehicle excitement might be understating it slightly... Peter: and A little nerve wracking simultaneously the goal here is to get these ideas out and permeating were they detach and they have their own life. It shouldn't always come back to say a director or shouldn't come back to even a movie series, shouldn't be about that. It should be about the actual data and the ideas, and the understanding the logic and how to move forward with that information to make a better world. and that's what I'm going for with the work in the film and as you might know I'm the founder of a Social Movement. That is very different from the films, the films are my expression. The movement is explicitly about going into a very different social design based on science and humanity, based on updating society to present day knowledge. I mean we live in the dark ages, with regard to what were doing systematically through the monetary system, through our health practices, through almost every facet of modern culture you see today is I'd say at least decades behind were it should be with respect to what science has shown us. Now I'm not some kind of, magical science individual. You say those words and people read into them, they say oh he's science was it L. Ron Hubbard? You know they don't really understand what your talking about they don't even know what science is... Harris: L. Ron was god in Scientology curiously enough. Peter. Yes indeed. So you always deal with the semantic problems with any of these arguments, and when people view this film, and when people review this film which I'm fascinated to see, I've already seen a few of them. The projections go crazy people just see whatever they want to see and its an unfortunate reality in our culture people don't critical independent thought is a scarce scare thing out there. Harris: Let me offer **?* compliment, because if you remember in eighth grade, let's pretend it was eight grade where we were all taught word problems If Sally drops out of an airplane at 300mph and the cat runs across the ground and the man hole cover shoots up, when did Timmy eat the apple? right, and all of this was to teach us how to think, how to give us analytical prowess and I will tell you that your work here as a director, as a storyteller, once again put's us in that place were we actually have to think about stuff and if anything your making the dendrites and synapses fire for the first time Peter: well I hope so, even information that could be suspect, even information that someone might not believe in the end, but getting them in that process of thought. Simply activating critical thought processes that someone would never even consider because of their Social Influences. We're all victims of culture if you were born into a racist family, you might be a racist,you might have a blocked element in your mind... Harris: Reptilian Limbic! Peter: There's a special term for it I can't quite think of right now but It has to blinkering out.. Harris: Bigot Peter:I'm talking about a way of thought a process of blinkering out information to support your worldview. We do this subconsciously just like you have muscle memory a pianist, doesn't think about all the notes he's playing. It becomes part of this sort of cycle of neurological structure. The same thing happens with people's thought processes and beliefs. So if your deeply religious for example, your not going to rationalize things sometimes... some will, this isn't universal but many often they don't they lock its mind-lock and it doesn't matter what you say, it doesn't matter what you do, doesn't matter any logic you apply to any particular scenario. They blinker it out just to maintain their identity and anything that challenges their identity, triggers a lot of pain. you know we see this a lot in the culture today when anyone's challenging anything but I won't go on that tangent. Harris: Well we want to congratulate you and let you know that this is going to be a very exciting night. Here at the Los Angeles premier of Zeitgeist:Moving Forward to collide with a 325 movie theater release around the world International countries, international languages this is a major leap forward and I can't wait to talk to you Wednesday by the way live you'll be in our KPFK studios for a full hour were we can unravel the mysterious of human kind the ontological perspective, why we tick the way we do? and what's the answer? my favorite part. Peter: that's what matters Harris: well we thank you Peter Joseph. Peter: Thank you

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Duration: 9 minutes and 5 seconds
Country: Brazil
Language: English
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Artivist "Zeitgeist" Los Angeles Premiere with Peter Joseph

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