Jason Silva: Ask Him Anything

In case you missed today’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Brain Games host Jason Silva on Reddit, we wanted to share some highlights. Did you miss your chance to ask Jason anything? Well don’t worry, Jason will be live-tweeting tonight’s season premiere of Brain Games tonight from 9-10P EST. Follow @jasonsilva on Twitter and tune in tonight!

Big fan! Can’t wait to watch the show. Can you suggest any daily activities or useful habits that strengthen your brain power?
Thanks man! For me it’s always about STEPPING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE! We need to decondition our thinking by putting ourselves in new situations! NOVELTY and THE NEW make our brain wake up!!

Travel– hang out with different types of people, learn a new language!

What are your thoughts on Elon Musk’s plans to make a colony on Mars in the not so distant future?
I am THRILLED that there are humans with the ability to inspire us to DREAM..


Elon is a rockstar– pushing us forward! Taking us to the heavens!

I want to hear the “Jason Silva take” on Obama’s new Brain Mapping Initiative!
REALLY excited about Obama’s Brain Initiative… I think we are approaching a singularity here where a true digital brain might be spawned… can you imagine digital intelligence, sentience, that is bound by no limits? And with Moore’s law.. exponential progress, I wouldn’t be surprise if we get there quick! The human design process will achieve a kind of infinite velocity… as Erik Davis writes.

I have watched a lot of your videos and the one single thing that struck me is the great amount of passion your videos contain. Man, where does it all come from? In other words, what motivates you?
There is an existential urgency… a sense that there’s no enough time.. so much ecstasy and so much AWE— how do I fit it into a moment? into a video? Into a week??? My work is an attempt to bottle inspiration itself! To hold AWE in STASIS

I’d love to hear more from you about what the show is about and what the goals are.
The show makes brain science accessible and fun to a WIDE AUDIENCE… the idea is to make the brain FUN– we use expertly designed ‘games”… perceptual experiments that challenge our cognition, blow our minds, and make us want to learn how our brains work!

My goals are to inspire wonder— I want to infect people with optimism and possibility… to be a wonderjunkie.. to make AWE go VIral…

What’s the most mindblowing thing(s) you’ve learnt of late?
One fascinating thing I learned is that we don’t actually perceive a 3D world thru our senses… we receive low resolution 2D images through our eyes and then our brain renders a 3D reality for us!

What are a few of your favorite books?
Singularity is Near and TECHGNOSIS.. also love DENIAL OF DEATH and ART OF TRAVEL!

In tonight’s premiere of Brain Games: Focus Pocus at 9P, Jason waxes scientific on the topic of focus and attention:


  1. Ken Murray
    May 6, 2013, 8:10 pm

    Great thinking motivator. I have been a long time student of Jose Silva, any relation?
    As a continuity merchandiser at WalMart, they pretty much direct you from the time you walk in until the time you leave. People think if there is a rollback flag the price is less than last week, think again. It’s an interesting life.

  2. Leslie B. Zelinsky
    Costa Rica
    July 24, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Watched the Brain Game Hang out and thought I’d suggest a brain teaser. When I was a kid in the ’50’s, my parents encouraged dinner talk that included such brain teasers as: There are two airplanes flying from opposite sides of the country (NY and LA). The westbound one is traveling at 565 mph while the eastbound plane with wind in its favor is flying at 585 mph. The NY plane left at 8 am and the LA plane left at 6:30 am. Visibility is limited and somewhere over Kansas they meet in the middle in a fiery crash. Where do they bury the survivors? Enjoyed the facts as well as the games. And I DID say ‘matches’ to the first riddle. Thanks.

  3. Leah
    October 4, 2016, 9:20 am

    Hey you know Deja-vu right? how can you explain acting the future by talking to the air and experiencing the same action later on in your life?

  4. jackie
    March 31, 5:03 pm

    This may be a long shot and not even get read, but I am trying to find an episode of Brain Games but I do not know the title. In the episode, participants are place in a room with a locked cookie jar on top of a spinning wheel. The wheel has images of cookies and pizza slices. Also in the room are three suspended balloons and a wall clock. Participants must use what is in the room to figure out how to unlock the cookie jar. If anyone knows the name of this episode, please let me know!