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Today’s Evolutionary Success = Your Number of Twitter Followers. A Philosophical Espresso Shot by Jason Silva.

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Jason Silva is a philosopher and filmmaker with a huge passion for spreading ideas in new ways. His online video series about the co-evolution of humans and technology is gaining some massive traction, and it’s easy to see why. A unique combination of intelligent monologue (rant) combined with fast-paced cinematography and Silva’s natural talent as a presenter make his videos easy to enjoy. His latest work discusses the human brain as a sexual ornament, and raises some interesting ideas about what evolution really means to a member of the human race. It’s a treat to watch, you may find yourself coming back for a few more views before the day is done. Is human evolution no longer about the spread of genetic material alone? Are we moving from spreading genes to spreading memes? Watch and find out!

One of Silva’s previous videos, ‘Radical Openness’ was used as the opening entertainment for TED Global in 2012. He has followed this success with a worldwide speaking tour, and a new television career as host of ‘Brain Games’ (to air on National Geographic Television in 2013). I, for one, will be looking forward to following the career of this charismatic and inspirational individual. Congratulations Jason!

Carin Bondar About the Author: Carin Bondar is a biologist, writer and film-maker with a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia. Find Dr. Bondar online at, on twitter @drbondar or on her facebook page: Dr. Carin Bondar – Biologist With a Twist. Follow on Twitter @drbondar.

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