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Annotated captions of Jason Silva - Radical Openess in English

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You know I love this idea of 'radical openness'.

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The free exchange of information.

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The free flow of ideas.

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Creating spaces in which ideas can have sex as Matt Ridley talks about.

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And this is huge because it turns out that ideas are just as real ...

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... as the neurons they inhabit ...

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... as Jim Gleick Tells us.

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A new kingdom rises above the biosphere ...

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... the denizens of this kingdom are ideas.

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Because ideas have retained some of the properties of organisms, it turns out.

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They leap from brain to brain. They compete for the limited resources of our attention.

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They have infectivity.

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They have spreading power.

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They are what Richard Dawkins calls 'the new replicators' ...

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... born from the primordial soup of human culture.

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Their vector of transmission is language and electronic communications.

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And though ideas are not made of nucleic acid,

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they have achieved more evolutionary change and at a rate ...

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... that leaves the old gene panting far behind.

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Ray Kurzweil says that our ability to create virtual models in our heads combined with our modest looking thumbs ...

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... was sufficient to usher into secondary force of evolution called technology.

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And it will continue until the entire universe is at our fingertips.

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This is unbelievable stuff. It speaks to the telescopic nature of evolutionary change.

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More change in the last hundred years than in the last billion years.

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Terence McKenna actually wrote from the moment that human beings invented language,

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... biological evolution essentially ceased ...

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... and evolution became a cultural epigenetic phenomenon.

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Now we take in matter of low organization, we put it through our mental filters ...

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... and we extrude it in the form of space shuttles and iPhones.

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The Imaginary Foundation tells us that what imagination does is that it allows us ...

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... to conceive of delightful future possibilities. Pick the most amazing one ...

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... and pull the present forward to meet it.

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Imagine how impoverished this world would have been if we had not invented the ...

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... technology of the oil painting in the time of Van Gogh. Or the technology of the musical instrument ...

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... in the time of Beethoven and Mozart to unfurl through it ...

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With the revolutions in Bio technology and Nano technology the free exchange of information is allowing us to conceive ...

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... of radical new things.

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Freeman Dyson says in the future new generation of artists will be writing ...

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... genomes with the fluency of that Blake and Byron wrote verses.

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What is great in man, said Nietzsche, is that he's a bridge and not an end.

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We're on a trajectory smack in the middle between born and the made, wrote Kevin Kelly.

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And so radical openness, it's huge. It's a universe of possibility. It's grey infused by color.

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It is the invisible revealed. It is the mundane blown away by awe.

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We need to cultivate radical openness as a way of participating and accelerating evolution.

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Wow!