“In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy as they did after feudalism.
You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he’d have a talk show.”
- Timothy Leary
“According to the official record, Jason Silva is a filmmaker, gonzo journalist, and a host/producer at Current TV, the fastest-growing TV network in history. What this official description fails to fully capture is Jason’s gift, which I would seek to express by calling him a digital DJ, a re-vitalizer and remixer of optimism, and above all a curator: of ideas, of inspiration, and of awe.
The phrase that leaped to mind when I first saw Jason was ‘existential jazz’; like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away. He’s a modern performance philosopher, reviving the vibe of Tim Leary and Buckminster Fuller and revivifying the dialogue that they started decades ago.
Jason’s instruments are the spoken and written word, and the visual arts, and his song is about the possibilities inherent in the human mind, body and spirit, especially when augmented and extended by the cornucopia of digital technologies we are increasingly relying on to express our will in the world.”
- Andrew Long
“Jason Silva is a glowing / firey, renassaince futurist.”
- Jody Turner, writer and consultant.
“JASON SILVA isn’t your typical intellectual. He has no published books, no grey hair, and no sardonic wit. Playfully dubbed by Doug Rushcoff as the ‘Ashton Kutcher of the singularity’, Silva’s infectious enthusiasm just doesn’t seem to fit the stereotype. Perhaps he personifies something else, something new and potentially more promising, other than the intellectual establishment that he sits outside of. As the internet offers new approaches to informal learning, academia’s top-down straightacket on education is beginning to unravel. Access points like TED, BigThink, and the Khan Academy leverage people’s intrinsic passion for knowledge without requiring a lifetime of student loan debt.
Jason Silva seems to embody this new form of the post-literate intellectual. Like some kind of Ontological DJ, he recompiles the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which elevates understanding from the dry and prosaic, to a sensual cognitive romance.”
- IMAGINARY FOUNDATION
“Venezuelan born media persona Jason Silva is some newfangled hybrid of Journalist, Anchorman, Documentary Filmmaker, and Content Curator.”
- Fast Company contributor and author of Curation Nation Steve Rosenbaum
“The 28-year-old filmmaker and erstwhile Current TV host Jason Silva is one of the youngest and most energized enthusiasts of our bio-engineered future. Mention “the singularity” and Jason’s face lights up. When he talks about being immortal, he’s not proving that old fogey idea that all kids think they’ll live forever. He’s exuberantly echoing the visions of his favorite scientists and philosophers.”
-Motherboard.com Managing Editor Alex Pasternack
“JASON IS the techno-optimist transhumanist wunderkind”
- Alex Pasternack
“Jason Silva has carved out a pretty sweet little niche for himself – and not just because it may lead him to immortality. A philosopher and filmmaker, Silva wants to bring good ideas to the masses….”..“Party Philosophers” and “Intellectual Hedonists” are titles that have been attached to him…That’s precisely Silva’s calling card: he isn’t above mixing bro-downs and photons.”
-Blogger Jordan Keenan, also from technology site Motherboard.
“It’s his hybridized, multidisciplinary thinking that defines Silva’s approach to science. Witness his latest project, Turning Into Gods, a documentary he is making about the technological Singularity – the moment when humans and machines blur – and the beautiful transhumanist future he believes awaits us all.”
- Jordan Keenan
“…the outrageously enthusiastic and inquisitive Silva seems like the ideal person to be attempting to create a new forum for the understanding of just what the future might have in store.”
- Jordan Keenan
Documentary filmmaker and writer Jauretsi Saizarbitoria , who has written for Jane Magazine, Details Magazine , and Paper Magazine wrote: “I have to say, [Jason] he is one contagious strong spirit with an inexhaustible ability to dream.”
“They say the best thing in every noble dream is the dreamer and in this case the noble dreamer is Jason Silva.”……“The love bursting from Jason is contagious and it will not tear you apart it will invigorate you. He appears at first as a rhapsody of mindfulness, finding advantage and magnificence in each moment, even the possibility of transcendence, and yet listening to Jason, we can readily accept his view that the future is a challenge to the impossible. …in poetic fashion Jason allows the creative impulse to carry him across the waters into pure magic.”
“I am pleased with the prospect of Jason assuming the role of spokesperson/evangelist for whatever-we-should-call-the-aggregation-of-post-Leary-post-Sagan-futurist-wonderfulness that binds us all to Jason.
Jason is genuinely enthusiastic, which is of the utmost importance today when trying to get people to change attitudes in a world where every morsel served up to us by the media is spun – whether or not it is “true” or “good.” His enthusiasm automatically makes him trustable. We need people like him.
I say we keep him.“
- Adam Stanhope