5 Videos that will Blow your Mind
Need some food for thought? Looking for some far out entertainment? Look no further! Complete with an eclectic choice of topics ranging from politics to comedy and outer space to ecology, here are 5 thought provoking videos that will surely give you an awakening dose of reality.
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5. Star Spangled Awesome - Will McAvoy's speech from Newsroom
Newsroom is a new TV series on HBO, which chronicles a fictional cable news network. In this opening scene, Jeff Daniels delivers a powerful speech, as outspoken news anchor Will McAvoy, responding to a question about why America is (or isn't) the greatest country in the world, anymore.
"The first step in fixing any problem is recognizing there is one."
4. It's Just A Ride - Bill Hicks
Bill Hicks is arguably one of the best stand-up comedians of all time. Taken from a show performed in London, just a few years before his untimely death, Bill Hicks encourages his audience to enjoy the ride we call life in his closing remarks.
"A choice, right now, between fear and love."
3. A Species Out of Control - Terence Mckenna
Terence Mckenna (author, lecturer, psychonaut) was certainly one of the greatest 20th century explorers of consciousness. Mckenna lectured some remarkable ideas concerning the struggles of modern society and the future of humanity. This Terence Mckenna mash-up video shares some honest words regarding the environmental implications of human-industrial civilization and the unprecedented challenges humanity faces. Thanks to TheOmegaPointProject!
"Failure is not inevitable!"
2. The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and popularizer of space science. In this video, Tyson communicates what he believes to be the most astounding fact of the universe. His brilliant words are beautifully articulated and paired with some equally appealing cosmic imagery.
"The Universe is in us."
1. Pale Blue Dot - Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan was an exceptional astronomer, astrophysicist, and cosmologist. His love for the universe eventually allowed him to become the Mr. Rogers of Space. In this video, Carl Sagan shares some of his most beautiful words on humanity and our relationship to the vastness of the cosmos.
"There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."