In the 1960s a ground-breaking idea emerged: that freezing people soon after their death might preserve brain structures, and that in the future advanced technology and know-how might allow these frozen cadavers to be resuscitated and given extended life. Fifty years later, more than 250 people have undergone cryopreservation procedures following their passing (though contrary to what you may have heard, Walt Disney is not one of them), with a small ‘cryonics’ industry storing their bodies (or in some cases, just their heads) awaiting future salvation.
This documentary, We Will Live Again, takes a look inside “the unusual and extraordinary operations of the Cryonics Institute”, following Ben Best and Andy Zawacki, the caretakers of 99 deceased human bodies stored at below freezing temperatures in cryopreservation. It’s a strange and thought-provoking exploration of mortality, and our attempts to avoid it, well worth a watch.
In the video you’ll find a 1 minute breakdown of: Achilles & the Tortoise; The Grandfather Paradox; The Chinese Room; Hilbert’s Infinite Hotel; The Twin Paradox; Schrödinger’s Cat
The dangers and evils of the mind-bending hallucinogen LSD are luridly sensationalised in this pseudo-educational exploitation drama. A ‘Reefer Madness’ for the 60s.
A modern compilation of film clips of whacky inventions, crazy stunts, and derring-do from the 1920s-50s. Very campy. Imagine if YouTube had been invented in 1930, and you’d get this.
How does the world’s favourite drug actually work? ASAPScience gives a quick overview of how our brains respond to coffee.
Last summer, after writing a story for Wired magazine about people who fake their own deaths, journalist Evan Ratliff decided to vanish and invited the public to try to find him. While he attempted to stay hidden for 30 days, he was caught in 25, thanks in part to the digital breadcrumb trail he left behind. Join Peter Eleey, curator of The Talent Show, and Ratliff as they discuss data-mining, surveillance, and other ramifications of a culture awash in in information.
Cosmic Flower Unfolding is a constant flow of emerging and dissolving oceanic, futuristic, and mandala forms. It is a tribute to abstraction, it’s connection to the inner space we inhabit and how it can be externalized.
It’s amazing what can be done in a single shot. Messe Kopp is one of those amazing individuals, making this video that might actually make your mind explode inside your head.
Kopp walks backwards the whole time through the video, being handed stuff like tables, decks of cards, bottles of water and umbrellas to interact with. The video was then put into reverse so that to shift the perspective in a brilliant way.
Want to watch it in reverse?
This film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the elitist theory of democracy and the relationship between war, propaganda and class.
A deep, richly illustrated study of the nature and history of propaganda, featuring some of the world’s most insightful critics, Psywar exposes the propaganda system, providing crucial background and insight into the control of information and thought.
In this film Robert Beckford will decrypt the Bible and other ancient scriptures to tell for the first time the actual story of Jesus’ bloodline because he thinks Jesus had brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles and nephews. A huge widespread family tree that was there for at least 300 years after his demise and took large part in the establishment of Christianity, that the authentic idea was too threatening for the new religion, and that the formal Church kidnapped their campaign and then made an attempt to remove them from the story.
This program integrates hard-core science with a light-hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are. From the stunning heights of the Great Basin Desert to the lush coastal rainforests of west coast Canada, scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the “secret world of plants,” revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young. It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate and sometimes, wage all-out war.
Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi — author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience — asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.”
One of the most beautiful processes of the natural world is a flower in bloom. Unfortunately, since the growth of a flower from a bud to a fully formed plant is so slow, we often miss the full experience and don’t notice all the different stages it goes through.
Japanese artist Yutaka Kitamura and tech genius Alexander Reeder address that issue with the beautiful timelapse flowers in bloom video, which is a part of the duo’s performance art collaboration. Watch as around 30 different plants open up to lush and gorgeous flowers in under three minutes.
It’s sure to be one of the most mesmerizing, hypnotic three minutes you’re going to have today.