Jason Silva’s Epiphany Addiction


JASON SILVA: I find inspiration, I find rapture,
I find awe to be the ultimate antidote to existential malaise. JASON SILVA: Oh wait, did we start? JASON SILVA: So on my website I’ve chosen
to describe myself as a futurist, filmmaker, and epiphany addict. I decided that it was
actually a good use of the word addict. I need to be inspired because if I’m not inspired
I’m way too aware of the big picture. And I think thinkers like Woody Allen would agree
because all of his films are informed by his terror of the meaninglessness of existence
if we don’t paint the meaning upon it. And so in being a wonder junkie or an epiphany
addict, um, what I’m longing for at all times is the experience of succumbing to some ecstatic
communion with a feeling that is divine. I live for those moments. I need them. I love
them. JASON SILVA: Let’s talk about existential
malaise, okay? Let’s talk about the opposite of being epiphanized. Existential malaise,
I think, is what happens when you dwell upon the fact that you are mortal. Ernest Becker,
who won of the Pulitizer Prize in 1973 for his book, “The Denial of Death”, and I touch
upon this a lot because it’s such a defining work to the way I see things in the world.
Here’s a pop culture trivia, it’s the book that Woody Allen gives Annie Hall in the movie
Annie Hall when they’re in the bookstore and he says like, “You need to understand how
I see life.” So anyway, “The Denial of Death” proposes that the human condition, the source
of all our neuroses, is not defined by our sexual repression as Freud would have told
us, but it’s actually defined by our anxiety about being mortal. The fear of death. The
awareness that we can see ourselves over time and can foresee our own death in the future
causes a tremendous amount of stress on our psyche. It’s maddening, basically. And the
only answer to that, you know, is to live a lie.

31 Comments

  1. Neil Sampson said:

    Death is the reason why Muslim men hate women? No, I'm siding with Freud.

    June 26, 2012
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  2. Booker DeWitt said:

    @SSJ3Ulcer would you fear sexual repression without impending morality?

    June 26, 2012
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  3. Casey Beck said:

    Jason Silva is so much fun to listen to. JRE!!

    June 26, 2012
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  4. Arthur78 said:

    That was great. It's been a while since I heard Jason say some words I haven't heard him repeat a dozen times before. Not trying to come down on Jason, I love the dude and all his work, but it's great to see a production involving him that's more than an "espresso shot", and is not produced by him.

    June 26, 2012
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  5. kelsijayne89 said:

    This is awesome. So excited to see more next week!

    June 26, 2012
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  6. THNKR said:

    Thanks arthur78, we're also huge fans of Jason's ideas and creativity. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the week of programming Jason is hosting on EPIPHANY starting on Monday. Lots of great thoughts on mankind in a post-singularity world.

    June 26, 2012
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  7. Arthur78 said:

    Can't wait. I'm very excited about THNKR.

    June 26, 2012
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  8. LGD FiberOptix said:

    awesome! I love jason silvas idea of collaboration of all these amazing ideas

    June 27, 2012
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  9. Jenny Baxter said:

    VERY cool. I shared this with my mom. She usually won't shut up, but she did with this! 🙂

    July 2, 2012
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  10. THNKR said:

    glad we can continue to foster relationships between mothers and daughters

    July 2, 2012
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  11. Michael N said:

    These videos are pretty cool, but I have to wonder one thing: why is it called "Epiphany". An epiphany should be a sudden and quick revelation/idea that someone got but what you show are ideas that have been thought on a very long time… or am I mistaken?

    July 14, 2012
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  12. champhouse said:

    Hrysaygi loves jason silva

    August 6, 2012
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  13. Philip Frandsen said:

    Very interesting response to existential malaise from this thinker, Jason Silva. The idea here seems to be that because one dies, they have fear and anxiety from the idea of a meaningless life; by seeing the moments of wonder in the universe, as it is, and as they present themselves at a singular time, allows one to dwell not on the self, but think about the total. I like the idea. A criticisim I would have is that it does not address the existential concern of meaning to the self.

    September 11, 2012
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  14. Vleer Dans said:

    so then what is the truth if we are living a lie ?

    September 26, 2012
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  15. Darren Chandler said:

    buddhists would disagree.

    October 23, 2012
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  16. Vincent Oostelbos said:

    I would disagree (even though I'm not a Buddhist :P) that the only answer to that stress is to live a lie. I think it's quite possible to just kind of find peace with the idea of death. Especially when you realize it's just a moment.

    October 25, 2012
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  17. Der Doktor said:

    I fucking love Jason Silva, Psychology, Philosophy, and Pink Floyd. Those are my addictions.

    November 16, 2012
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  18. LucidEnigma21 said:

    "My cognitive addiction strives for the ever lasting apogee of doltishness."
    – AIFA

    March 12, 2013
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  19. Alex Koziol said:

    Embracing death is not living a lie. I'm not afraid of dying simply because I'll be dead. It's inevitable, so there's nothing to be afraid of.

    May 5, 2013
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  20. Nischal Shrestha said:

    Yeah I agree. The very acceptance relieves you. It's living a lie that makes it worse.

    May 12, 2013
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  21. BeyondSideshow said:

    Trademark Silva: The ubiquitous smug smirk & self serving "jokes" * Random name dropping (Woody Allen, Ernest Becker) * Distracting, meaningless pop culture trivia (Annie Hall)* Uncritical judgements (pondering one's mortality = bad, sad, maddening?) * Apparent debunking of totally random shit (Freud) * Totally unfounded arguments "the only answer blah blah blah", the opposition of recognition of mortality and moments of rapture/wonder/awe… etc.

    Yeah, this is what we call TOTAL BULLSHIT.

    June 5, 2013
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  22. BeyondSideshow said:

    Exactly. Death is what gives our mundane existence its framework. Everyone can do it & it's NOT a problem. Death does not concern us anymore because we'll no longer exist.

    Living is the challenging part.

    June 5, 2013
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  23. Ikafur Ananda said:

    There is probably life after death, hence astral projection.

    June 12, 2013
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  24. BeyondSideshow said:

    Probabilities aside, whatever comes next is not a part of this life, which is what deserves our full attention now.

    June 12, 2013
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  25. Insightful Daily. Transcending thought said:

    existential what?

    July 5, 2013
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  26. WhiteBoysBleed said:

    why is it I keep imagining him at the bar or club talking just like this and women quietly walking away thinking "man this guy is too much drama!" I under stand his philosophy's and all but damn live a little and stop talking about death all the time!

    July 11, 2013
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  27. Influence is _____ | Build Your Legacy said:

    Umm this guy is hot and so on point, this vide should have millions of views and influence people to the same level The Jersey Shore does. Then the world would be a better place and there would me more illegible bachelors.

    September 11, 2013
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  28. stan3136 said:

    Im also an epiphany addict but only because it's deeply rooted in my need for info, to learn, to improve and it gives me energy. He seems to want it bcuz it's his world view/big picture="we're all just gonna be worm-food eventually so what's the point". I think his worldview is negative and stems from that sole opinion. U can be atheist and still believe there's life after death. Either way it's impossible to be conscious of having no consciousness so..His pov=flawed, should listen to alan watts

    November 4, 2013
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  29. Ralphy Puro said:

    …malays? i think those are a type of asian lol

    November 5, 2013
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  30. mofisbroth said:

    This one's a gem. I come back every so often to remind my self how precious those moments when you are inspired are and how to label them.

    January 22, 2014
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  31. Callie Crandall said:

    YES YOU ARE,THAT YOU ARE,I CAN BE THAT WAY SOMETIMES. I THINK THIS IS WHAT I ALSO ADORE ABOUT YOU AND I DO FIND IT INCREDIBLY SEXY!YOU ARE MY "LIFE TEACHER", AND "MY GUIDING LIGHT". YOU GOT ME CONSIDERING DRESSING UP AS A SCHOOL TEACHER FOR HALLOWEEN!(my favorite holiday). I HAVE 2 other possibilities,1 being a nurse and the other i can't tell you,lol. But we'll see.

    September 22, 2018
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