The Social Dilemma
We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.
The Story of Stuff
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.
Unchecked AI Will Bring On Human Extinction, with Michael Vassar
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What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? | Nick Bostrom
Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as “smart” as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: “Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make.” A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we’re building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?
Animation created in Flash and After Effects looking at mans relationship with the natural world.
David Bohm speaks about Wholeness and Fragmentation
Excerpt from the documentary “Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy – From Fragmentation to Wholeness” Artists, scientists, spiritual leaders and economists gathered in Amsterdam in 1990 to explore the emerging paradigm of a holistic world view and the implications for a global economy. The five day confernce, Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy was inspired by the artists Joseph Beuys and Robert Filliou, and manifested by Louwrien Wijers, who called it a “mental sculpture.”
Paradise or Oblivion
This video presentation advocates a new socio-economic system, which is updated to present-day knowledge, featuring the life-long work of Social Engineer, Futurist, Inventor, and Industrial Designer Jacque Fresco, which he calls a Resource-Based Economy. This documentary details the root causes of the systemic value disorders and detrimental symptoms caused by our current established system.
Fritjof Capra, The Systems View of Life
“In this first lecture of the course, I would like to give you an outline of the new understanding of life that is now emerging at the forefront of science. As I mentioned before, it is a conception of life based on systemic thinking and some of the new concepts and mathematical techniques of complexity theory. It allows us for the first time to integrate the biological, cognitive, and social dimensions of life”.
Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein - A Short Film
Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.
What is Ontological Design?
“Just as you grow into the world, the world grows into you. Not only do you occupy a certain place, but that place in turn occupies you. It’s culture shapes the way you see the world, its language informs the way you think, its customs structure you as a social being.” – Costica Bradatan
How Wolves Change Rivers
When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.
David Bohm on Perception
Physicist David Bohm talks about truth and perception.
Stuart Kauffman on Beyond Reductionism
Stuart Kauffman discusses his book Beyond Reductionism.
Biologist and Complexity Theorist Stuart Kauffman on Preadaptations in Evolution
Stuart Kauffman gives one of his most complete introductions to the importance of “preadaptations” or — in Gould’s terms–“exadaptations”–in evolution. Preadaptations are features that a species has that have little or no initial functional value, but that in a subsequent situation become highly valuable and are, from that point on, selected-for by natural selection. Recorded in conversation with theologian Gordon Kaufman and biologist Liane Gabora, at Harvard Divinity School.
Why Controlling the Masses Through Media No Longer Works | Jordan Greenhall
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COVID-19: A War Broke out in Heaven w/ Zachary Stein
“I have never been through a civilisation-wide transformation before, and neither have you; we are in uncharted waters together. There is a war taking place in heaven concerning the soul of humanity, and it will be fought in each person’s heart, every day, without rest, and into the foreseeable future. I have no choice but to sound metaphysical and religious, because this is where the psyche goes when it enters the liminal.”