Friday, December 27, 2013

Top Ten of 2013...#5 Awe

It's that time of the year. Time for all the Top Ten lists. Many writers produce them and guess what, they're utterly unapologetic subjective filler. Something to plug into the space so that the writer can take time off to finish his/her holiday errands. So here are My Top Ten (plus a few) Favorite Things of 2013. Some have been around awhile, but I generally discover things later than most. I'm going to dribble them out one day at a time, many are completely frivolous because remember: they're filler so that I can do holiday things.

My Favorite Performance Philosopher of 2013.

OK. It's time to get serious with this. Philosophy was my Achilles' heel in college. 

There, I said it. Glad to get that off my chest. Five years of higher education and it was the subject that's been around since the Ancient Greeks—as was Achilles himself—that most stymied me.

Jason Silva
I scraped by, I understood not. I didn't know if my brain was too concrete and the subject was too ethereal; or if my brain was too ethereal and the topic too concrete. Others seemed to get it, the hip kids, but to me the professor was speaking in tongues. And I "no comprende" any of them.

"Cogito ergo sum, I think therefore I am, i.e. thinking about one’s existence proves—in and of itself—that an "I" exists to do the thinking."

Well yeah, but I never doubted my existence, my dorm room mirror told me that every morning.

Perhaps this is why Jason Silva has become my favorite performance philosopher. He delights me. It doesn't matter that he is the only performance philosopher I've ever known, he's still the best, the Michael Jordan of performance philosophers, in a league all his own.

I've seen him interviewed on CBS and Silva says he works without a script. He just takes off. Giving his thoughts wings. Watching him is in itself awe-inspiring.  You want to jump out of your chair and just

Thank you Jason for reawakening my five-year-old sense of awe. Here is one of his two-minute performance lectures, this one appropriately enough titled "awe"

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