The Creative Power Of Amazement [PSFK NYC 2012]

Filmmaker and futurist Jason Silva believes that in order to experience awe that will spark creativity, we have to learn to see the world in new ways.

At the PSFK CONFERENCE NYC 2012 today, our diverse lineup of speakers are sharing valuable insights and ideas about technology, business and creativity.

From 2005 to 2011, futurist and filmmaker Jason Silva was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy winning, independent cable network. In 2011 he became a fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute, examining the symbiosis between man and machine. He was recently described as “part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from The Matrix.”

Jason shared two of his ‘shots of philosophical expresso,’ and explored with the audience how technology can quickly manifest our ideas and desires.

Jason explained how we need to learn to see the word in new ways in order to experience anew the amazement that has always been there:

Tom Robbins says you can’t manufacture creativity or wonderment, but you can pull yourself out of context so dramatically that you gawk in amazement at the ubiquitous everyday wonders you’re culturally conditioned to ignore. I think this is key: To get new ideas we need to see the world with new eyes–we need to evoke a novel way of seeing things. For me that involves throwing myself into new situations. Some of the thinkers I respect the most have credited travel, walks in the park, and marijuana as creativity catalysts. Really, its anything that triggers free association and the right conceptual collision. We need disruption of the profane so that we can engage with the sacred and creative.

For more insights from Jason check out PSFK’s Need to Know Magazine

Jason Silva / @jason_silva

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